Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, President of the African Methodist Episcopal University, (AMEU) has called on his colleagues, including faculty and instructional staff of the University of Liberia (UL), to cultivate the virtues of research and flip teaching methods.
Isaac made the statement on Friday, June 8, at a program marking the induction of the newly-elected officers of the University Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA), held in the theater of the Academic Complex on the UL Fendell campus, outside Monrovia.
He said that teaching and learning must be restructured at the various universities, if the country intends to meet the internationally required standard to attain quality education.
He also stressed the need for the teaching staff to listen to lectures from international experts through digital media, such as video links and other specialized methods, to advance their acquired knowledge.
“I want our faculty members to adopt the micro learning process and blended approach of learning to present materials to the students,” Dr. Isaac said.
“I want to admonish my colleagues, faculty members of our universities to publish articles and academic works for the benefit of the students,” he said.
In her installation remark, Dr. Evelyn S. Kandakai, former chairperson of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), urged the newly-elected ULFA officers to always create a room for dialogue and open discussions with the UL administration, to ensure peace and harmony prevail at the university.
Kandakai described the newly-inducted head of ULFA, Cllr. Viama J. Blama, as a “productive, loyal, efficient and hardworking Liberian that has over the years demonstrated commitment to deliver results on any assignment.”
In a special statement, UL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks reminded ULFA leaders that her doors are opened to them to dialogue for the general good of the UL. She then called on the newly-inducted ULFA leadership to work with her administration so as to improve the quality of learning in the years ahead.
In his inaugural speech, Cllr. Blama reminded the UL administration that his leadership will endeavor to follow the path of seek, knock and ask initiatives through dialogue and open discussions, to ensure peace and continuation of a sound academic environment are maintained.
“We have come with strength to ensure that peace is achieved through the spirit of collaboration and cooperation on the campuses of this great university,” Blama said.
“We will ask not for the impossibilities, but for those things that we are aware lies within your power and authority to give,” he said.
Cllr. Blama is also an Assistant Professor at the William V.S. Tubman Teachers College of UL.
“I believed that without the cooperation of the administration, ULFA and the students remain nothing; therefore, we must hold together for the development of our beloved university, for it is only in unity that success is sure,” Cllr. Blama said.
Mrs. Roseline Hunter Konneh on behalf of the UL administration, extended thanks and appreciation to all those who contributed to successfully host the program, and wished them well in the years to come.