A four-man delegation from the Union of Liberian Association in Norway (ULAN) and the University of Tromso has arrived in the country to signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Liberia (UL) and that Norwegian university.
The MOU, which is expected to be signed between these two institutions of higher learning, is intended to provide opportunities for students of the UL to travel to that European country on a Student Exchange Program.
The four-man delegation arrived in the country on Monday, April 7, and is expected to meet with other stakeholders in the Liberian education sector.
The MOU signing ceremony, which is expected to take place Thursday, April 10, comes as a result of consultations mediated by the ULAN leadership between the administrations of the two universities, who have mutually consented to this effort.
According to the head of the delegation, Emmanuel Suah, the initiative (the crafting of the MOU) is a dream of the Liberian association in that country, who have thought it wise to seek opportunities that will improve the learning capabilities of their compatriots and as well proffer better living conditions for Liberian students after the 14 years of war that have left everything in shamble.
Dr. Percy Oware will be signing on behalf of Tromso University, while it is anticipated that Dr. Emmet Dennis will sign behalf of UL. The official signing ceremony will take place at the main campus of the University of Liberia.
The delegation comprises the chairman of ULAN, Emmanuel Suah; the vice chairman, Michael Forster; Secretary General, Linford A. Gweh, as well as a senior faculty staff, Dr. Percy Oware, who is serving as a representative of Tromso.
Mr. Suah plainly indicated that when signed, The MOU will create the opportunity for deserving Liberian students to pursue higher education in various disciplines at the University of Tromso.
The ULAN boss said: “While in the country, the delegation will also meet the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other stakeholders to discuss further details of the Student Exchange Program.
“This is all meant to see how best we can help our brothers and sisters who are in need of higher education,” ULAN chairman Suah further stated.
He noted that the ULAN has been very instrumental in the process of bringing the two universities together to have the program formulated and to help other Liberians to further their education.
“Some of us have the opportunities and I think it is prudent to find means for our brothers and sister, too,” Suah told the Daily Observer.
Meanwhile, ULAN, which was established in 2010, by a group of farsighted Liberians in the Norwegian City of Kongsberg, has over 30 at the UL already through its Student Aid Program (SAP).
The ULAN SAP was intended to get those students who were affected by the civil conflict, back on track educationally, according to Secretary General, Linford Gweh.