Mr. James S. Davies II, President of the Alumni Association of the University of Liberia (AAUL), said the flagship institution is now in a precarious financial situation as a result of increasing operational costs and student enrollment.
Alumnus Davies made the disclosure yesterday when he delivered a statement welcoming the prospective graduates of the 96th Class of the university into the association.
The program coincided with the homecoming of the AAUL held in the auditorium of the university’s main campus on Capitol Hill.
“In this age, the university’s libraries and laboratories still lack the equipment and textbooks for comprehensive and highly developed research, the classrooms are overcrowded and the transportation system inadequate,” Alumnus Davies lamented, adding that these problems require the intervention of the alumni.
“So, as we formally welcome you to the AAUL today, we need to work together and contribute financially to support our institution,’’ Mr. Davies urged.
He informed the more than 2000 prospective graduates that the UL Alumni Day is a traditional event for the purpose of bringing together graduates, former students and members of the current graduating class to reflect on the institution’s successes and difficulties.
Among other things, he said the coming together of the alumni was necessary to rediscover the spirit that once characterized the “LUX IN TENEBRIS that was so indelibly formed by our experiences.”
Mr. Davies, who is also the West African Regional Director for a US international faith-based youth organization, Young Life, said that as stakeholders of the university and the largest alumni community in the country, they need to advocate for policies and in particular for policymakers to increase the UL budgetary allotment.
“As alumni, we have the responsibility to ensure that the UL accelerates quality education and provide (the institution) with the basic services and educational facilities to enhance a smooth and conducive academic learning environment for everyone,” Mr. Davies, who is also president of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) said.
He called on the new graduates to maintain a strong relationship with their Alma mater by participating in all AAUL activities for the progress of the university.
Spokespersons for the prospective graduates expressed gratitude to the leadership of AAUL for welcoming them to the association, adding, “We will all work in the interest of the university as alumni upon our graduation by the second week in December.”