Liberia: BlueCrest University Going Beyond Higher Education

Dr. Umesh Neelakantan, president, BlueCrest Liberia, displays a flyer of a just launched Inter School Football Tournament

BlueCrest University is one of Liberia’s premier IT universities that has imparted a “mindset of progress” among learners through different portfolios in Information Technology (IT). 

Since its establishment in 2014, the University has evolved to provide learning portfolios such as cloud computing, cyber security, advanced software programming, established and advanced networking platform, Health Analytics, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Deep learning technologies, among others.

All of these courses move along with the wave of changes in a society where technology plays a vital role and, consequently, BlueCrest has over the years enabled thousands of students in Liberia to acquire the needed knowledge of the above fields of studies.

Like every other private institution of higher learning in Liberia, this alone is impactful to say the least. 

However, BlueCrest continues to go beyond just providing quality higher education.

Giving Back to the Community

As part of its corporate social responsibility, BlueCrest continues to embark on initiatives aimed at giving back to the community and, most importantly, with the mindset of integrating its mission with the Pro-Poor Agenda of the Government of Liberia.

Corporate social responsibility is a type of business self-regulation with the aim of social accountability and making a positive impact on society.

On Saturday, July 30, the University, through its “Let’s Make Liberia Great” (LMLG) platform, officially launched the first edition of an annual Inter School Football Tournament.

Dubbed the “LMLG Football Cup”, the high school tournament seeks to give opportunity to “all aspiring school children to showcase their spirit of talent” on the football pitch.

“Football in Liberia maintains a very close status to the heart of every citizen of the country and the budding youngsters have inherited the heritage  and legacy of this game in full. BlueCrest is also very closely governed through its mission of higher education contribution to the citizens of this blessed country,” Dr. Umesh Neelakantan, President of BlueCrest University said.

The LMLG Football Cup, which will be hosted at the famous Invincible Sports Park from November 1-14, is open to 32 interested schools from across the country with great rewards in store for top performing players.

With a registration fee of US$50, the winners of the tournament will receive a cash prize of US$2,000 and a trophy, while the runners-up will receive a cash prize of US$1,000 along with a runners-up trophy.

Other prizes include the golden boot for the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Best Goalkeeper, Highest Goalscorer, and Fair Play team, among others.

“BlueCrest Liberia looks forward to all graced young school children for competing in this great football tournament and making their school proud.”

The launch of this football tournament comes five months after the University began its LMLG Scholarship program, through which the University provided scholarships for 30 undergraduates before the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.

The 30 students, all of whom are 2020 and 2021 high school graduates, were selected among 74 applicants who sat for an evaluation test conducted on January 22, 2021.

The top six performing students were awarded a 100 percent scholarship, while the next top 10 ranking students received 50 percent and the remaining 14 students received 25 percent.