Dr. Nelson Highlights New Initiatives to Transform UL

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President Weah and Dr. Nelson handshakes during the program.

-Weah advises Dr. Nelson to be Wise, Vigilant

The President of the University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Julius J. S. Nelson has highlighted several new initiatives, including expanding sources of revenue intake to help transform the university.

Dr. Nelson made the remarks on Thursday during his inauguration as the fifteenth president of the University of Liberia, held at the Fendall Campus. He said encouraging Curriculum Development & Enhancement –through a Curriculum Review Committee, will be set-up in the next couple of months to do a comprehensive review of all curricula across academic programs.

“We will be ensuring that our curricula are benchmarked against other outstanding Universities within the sub-region. Gaps identified will be adjusted accordingly to ensure our graduates are capable of competing with their compatriots within the sub-region and beyond,” Dr. Nelson said.

Dr. Nelson said his administration will be identifying areas of national needs and creating academic programs to train the needed local professionals, stating “We will continue to work with our local and international partners to ensure that we train professionals relevant to the growth and development of the country. We will particularly focus on creating new academic programs in areas where there are limited professionals in the country.”

He said a notable example is the lack of a national tertiary Research Training Program. “Research drives innovation,” while indicating “A number of the challenges we face today can be resolved by sponsoring national research using locally trained professionals hired at affordable rates.”

Dr. Nelson said the creation of the UL’s first Terminal (Doctoral) Program “will also be an opportunity we will explore and, through the expansion of our funding sources, we will implement this within the next four years. We will also support the creation of short-term programs that will provide ‘life skills’ to our young people and expand their employability,” Dr. Nelson said.

He said the university will continue with faculty development initiative but with a huge emphasis on strengthening areas of gaps, indicating that UL has made significant progress over the years in improving its faculty profile particularly in the Sciences, Engineering and Business Programs.

Dr. Nelson said despite the progress, there are still VISIBLE gaps relative to the required number of qualified instructors needed in some academic programs, including these notable departments: Mathematics, English, Mass Communication, History and Physics.

“We will ensure that our intelligent and responsible Teaching Assistants and Instructors at these departments are provided the opportunity to study at top-notch universities, gain quality higher education and return to improve the faculty profile and academic standards at the university,” he said.

Dr. Nelson, who extended gratitude to President Weah for his preferment as UL’s fifteenth president, said expanding our sources of revenue intake at the University – government’s subsidy has over the years accounted for over eighty percent (80%) of the University sources of revenue.

He said while the UL will embrace additional government budgetary support, “we must now more than ever before be innovative to create additional sources of funding for the University.”

“We will identify realistic investment opportunities, analyze the cost of funding those investment activities, solicit initial funding sources to finance the investments and analyze the relevant payback and profit earning periods for every investment portfolio before its inception,” Dr. Nelson said.

He continued: “We will assemble a team of experienced professionals with relevant experiences in progressive investment activities to complete these analyses in the next six months to ensure we actively commence investment activities by our first anniversary of leadership here at the University of Liberia.”

“We will catalog and cost our major objectives and projects and solicit funding through our local and international partners. Examples of those projects will include sourcing funding for our faculty and administrative development initiative, our curriculum advancement program, our facility, and administrative improvement projects,” the newly inaugurated president said.

According to him, the projects will also include investment in infrastructure development as well as Information Communications Technology (ICT) as we strive to move the Business College and General Studies to the Fendall Campus.

He said the success of his administration’s vision to brightening the light will require the support of all parties: transparency, accountability, total commitment and dedication in ensuring we provide the requisite learning environment and opportunities for our future generation.

President George M. Weah said, “As you have been entrusted today with the gavel of authority of this venerable Institution, I urge you to use it with wisdom, in order to fulfill the vision which you have just outlined in your Inaugural Address.”

President Weah said, “In my dual capacities as President of Liberia and Visitor to the University, I promise my fullest support to you and your team, as you now embark upon this journey of leadership and service.”

Mr. President, you bring a lot of experience to this new position, having served for more than 12 years at the University in various positions of trust and responsibility.  Many of those years were spent in Student Affairs, where you dealt with student issues.

President Weah told Dr. Nelson that he expects that Nelson’s experiences and expertise in this area will now become a very useful asset, as you engage the students of the University in order to address the various issues which are of pressing concern to them.

“Dr. Nelson, you also served as a member of the faculty. So, you come with the experience of someone who spent time in the classroom. You are therefore very aware of the issues that members of the faculty of this University have to deal with,” President Weah said.

He extended thanks and appreciation to Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, the 14th President, for her leadership.

“The University of Liberia is a well-respected institution in our nation and around the world. It has trained the vast majority of Liberian professionals working in this country and around the world today. I pledge today, that my Administration will do all that is necessary to maintain this reputation and support your accomplishments so that you will continue to grow from strength to strength,” President Weah said.

“The first time that I visited was to dedicate the automated registration system which my Government provided to mitigate the problems and delays that students were encountering during the registration process. Today, students do not have to form queues just to register for classes. So, we solved a major problem, which was a source of much confusion on your campus.

“So, I visited the second time. I came to help solve that problem and announced a Free-Tuition Policy for all public universities in Liberia. Today, because of that policy, I am informed that enrollment at the University of Liberia has increased to nearly 19,000 students, an increase of 7,000 over the 12,000 students that were enrolled before the policy came into effect.

“I made my third visit. This time it was different. I had come to fulfill my role as a Visitor of the University of Liberia by attending the 99th Commencement Convocation. During that commencement, as you will recall, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree, thereby making me an alumnus of the UL

“Today is my fourth visit in less than two years.  I am here to attend my first inauguration of a new president of the University.  I hope and I trust that this will not only be the first but also the last time that I will have to attend another inauguration of a new president for the rest of my tenure as Visitor,” President Weah said.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Dr. Nelson,

    What a brilliant speech and beautiful restoration plan for the University of Liberia. I will love for my children to attend the UL. I did not have that opportunity to do so, but I am convinced of one thing; if you want to implement the plans you enumerated, ensure that a lecturer is paid at least $50.00 an hour. If you can succeed in doing that, you will have many people volunteering to come and help Liberia at the university; you will have brilliant lecturers in mathematics (a core subject in any technological development), English (most UL graduates don’t sound like our normal time Grade 10 students), Physics and Chemistry (to embark on industrialization policies. We must begin to think nuclear!) mass communication, etc. If not, your beautiful speech will remain in the cluster with you.

    As you rightly said, “research drives innovation,” develop research. Get the ideal personnel in place to attract the best brains.
    I have attended many conferences of African Think Tanks where you hardly see Liberian researchers to have an input on Agriculture, IT and Security Systems, etc.
    Please, we want to be among the intellectuals of Africa. Don’t do this on partisan or on tribal line, lest we remain doomed for a long time.

    Look forward to seeing your beautiful speech unravel substantially.

  2. Peterus,

    Why are you so afraid of Dr.Nelson doing anything on partisan or tribal lines when you are always on here expressing your support for Alexander Cummings to be President of Liberia and the ANC, Is this a double standard or what ? You and others that misrepresented the fact that the charter of the UL was somehow violated but couldn’t come out with one violation and believed that a clergy shouldn’t head the UL because it is a secular while ignoring the experience of Dr. Nelson in Education will find out very soon that A clergy work doesn’t limit him or Her to the Pulpit or Seminaries.

    Were in Dr. Nelson’s speech did you read about about partisan or tribal lines ? if no where than your advise or warning is unnecessary. Dr. Nelson’s speech will not remain with him in any so call cluster because he plan to put in the work to back what he said up.

    Congratulations The Rev.Dr. Prof. Julius Julukon Sarwolo Nelson Jr. as the 15th President of the UL, To God be the Glory, Thank God for this Elevation, Thank God I had the opportunity to be in attendance of the special convocation. Dr. Nelson, God is already seated in your office behind your desk, so each time you sit behind your desk to make critical decisions as it relates to UL, you will be sitting on God’s Lap, who is your Helper to Direct you with Wisdom.

    • Aaron,

      I do not comment on what I don’t know. I know nothing about the UL Charter and so I did not talk about it anywhere in all my comments.

      You know Aaron, I am sick to see the situation my country is currently in. I want to see things improve and quickly too. I want to see the right CVs for some key jobs. I don’t know Dr. Nelson and I am not against him in anyway, but his resume.
      He made a very brilliant and ambitious inaugural speech. As the president rightly said, he needs wisdom to lead our highest institution of learning.
      I am not proud to see graduates of my prestigious university under the most talked about 12-year experience of Dr. Nelson. If you do, me no.

      There is no double standard in supporting Cummings here. I have never hidden my intention to openly support this guy as my next president. And so I don’t know or understand what you mean by “double standard”

  3. Petarus,

    When Dahn and Wollokille posted their misconceptions of the truth as it relates to the Presidency of UL maybe you should have given it a thought before wasting no time to support their Lies as it relates to the charter of the UL.

    I don’t know what you consider the right CV, apparently the group of individuals that are charged with this responsibility for years now don’t meet your standards and I never heard you here once to say anything about other decisions concerning any other UL Presidents this same board have approved . I think it is about time for you to roll up your sleeves and go on the UL campus and put in some work in stead of talk talk talk about another man’s work history and experience. Let get to know your work history and capabilities and what you can do to directly impact the students, faculty, administrators, board and employees of UL.

    I’m glad to you quoted President Weah as RIGHTLY saying that Dr.Nelson should exercise wisdom in his decisions making as President of UL. So this brings me to a few questions for you. Do you know what is Wisdom ? How is Wisdom acquire ? Do you get it from your Secular University ? Do you hold the UL faculty responsible for the mass failure of students entering from their secondary education ? have you taken a serious look of how students are prepared in Liberia from primary and secondary levels before reaching the University level that you care so much about for the sometimes the right reasons when you take out your ANC politics, LOL.

    Dr. Nelson loves the UL of which he is a graduate and it is this UL that prepared him that the sky is the limit and he is not limited once he’s willing to put in the time and work.

    • Aaron,

      I suggest you let go of your passion and clearly express your points. I sometimes have problems understanding you.

      I cannot talk for Dahn and Wollokollie, I talk for myself and can defend what I have said here. I made my reservation on 2 points: secularism and bad precedent. Read my posts again, don’t condemn me while I am alive. I hope to come and live peacefully in Liberia and may even enroll at the University to take some courses, so please get me right.

      You’ve touched the point of the quality of education from primary to secondary education before the university. That is key for anyone who wishes to see things develop. Technically, the president of UL, our only state-run institution of higher learning, oversees the curricula therein.

      The current Liberian sky is not the limit, but the beginning.
      Pray for real change in your country brother.

  4. Nelson Sr.,
    The presidency of your relative (I stand to be corrected) at the university of Liberia is a done deal. Don’t argue with anyone. The new president’s religious views will not be dumped on the students or the faculty of the university. Forget about secularism, Nelson, Sr. What you should be talking about is good work! If the new president can work well with the students and the university family, we will all be happy.

  5. Bro. Hney,
    I agree with you and support the plans of Dr. Nelson’s as outlined in his speech. You are very aware of the Paid agents of Alex Cummings that look for every story to Lie about and want to use that medium to promote Cummings that’s why some of us come in to EXPOSED their false pretend advocacy.

    I do take your advise.

  6. Very good, Mr. Nelson Sr. An attempt was made in order to have me recruited as a Cummings crusader. That attempt died a painful death in its tracks! I am not a jerk, but rather a person of principles.

    Nelson Sr., it’s good for Cummings to run for the presidency. I am not a supporter of his from East to West. Before he gets there (if he ever gets there), he must be vetted properly. In fact, all presidential candidates must and should be properly vetted. It is strange, to say the least that some people cannot agree to disagree. For instance, if we’re told that Cummings is an upright man like Job in the the Holy Bible, than that’s it. Nelson Sr., isn’t that reminensent of the movie we’ve watched before? The movie is “so says one, so say all”. Example, “Cummings is a savior”. The Liberian people in unison…”Yes, Cummings is a savior”. Clap, your hands! Cla, Cla, Cla. Not all Liberians are stupid. Won’t y’all agree my people?

    What we are beginning to hear from Cummings’ camp is that Cummings is without blemish. On this blog, one cannot disagree with some outlandish statements of Cummings. Although you have a natural right to agree or disagree, in the scheme of things, you cannot exercise your right. If you make any attempt to agree or disagree, you will get lectures, especially childish lectures about Cummings’ perfection.

  7. To all our detractors, do not be afraid. All we need is the common good of all. We do not seek to take away your job but rather provide you with a decent one with a better salary.
    We do not seek vengeance but rather preaching real reconciliation amongst all the peace-loving children of Liberia.
    We do not seek to condemn you but rather reconvert you to live in a peaceful and civilized society we knew from childhood.
    In a nutshell, we do not seek to destroy you but rather build you up stronger than before.

    Do not be afraid. We are also not afraid to be vetted. By the way, we have been vetted throughout our life on the international scene and have proven track record.
    We yearn to have fair and reliable vetting system put in place for all Liberians to judge based on our character and intellectual competitiveness.

    Join our crusade. We are Cummings and “apologists”. We love you dearly. We are not the yoyo type and will never be.
    We need you to get on board if you truly love Liberia. Let’s take our country somewhere. We can, yes, we can.
    We need your support, your votes and your unconditional love.

    Long live Liberia

  8. Gosh 😁😁😁😁😁,
    Almost four more years down the stretch and an impassioned plea for more illiberal dreamers and apologists in a disorganized camp? My God! Confusion is really brewing in Liberia’s Soweto! No way! Whew!

  9. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!
    Chuckling my guts out.

    Take your 4 more years. That’s the rule of democracy.
    Everywhere on this medium the prophets of doom and gloom are strongly in support of a vetting process, yet their guy always shies away from it, how should I call this my people?

    We are ready and willing to be vetted. Please, for Christ sake, tell your guy to accept it in 2023. No running away oooooooooooooh!
    No hiding behind false excuses this time ooooooooooooooh!

  10. We are going to get the job done anyway. We don’t really need new recruits that will keep flirting.
    We are a few, with pride and dignity and will make Liberia progress forever. We come with a good heart, free of all retributions and malice.

    Given the sense of humor of some people that we still hold in high esteem, we wanted them to have a common destiny with us for our nation. Unfortunately, we noticed they were prophets of doom and gloom.
    Really unfortunate! We don’t like to see good talents wasted.
    We love you all. Join us to make Liberia a better place for all again. Come one, come all!

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