UL to Offer Degree in Statistics

Faculty Senate including some partners at the official launch of the program

The University of Liberia (UL) in partnership with the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services, (LISGIS) has announced a degree program for students interested in statistics.

The move by the University, which is supported by the World Bank is the first of its kind since established in 1956. The World Bank’s support comes under the Harmonizing and Improving Statistics in West Africa (HISWA).   

“The growth and quality of technology in Liberia hinge on the application of well-structured mathematics programs that are particularly focused on the development of young people to fill the gap,” said Joyce Nganfuan, the project coordinator. “As a result, the need for improving statistics, the bachelor of science degree in statistics was born.”

According to Mrs. Nganfuan, the new degree program comes at a time when Liberia is experiencing a huge human resource gap in mathematics and other mathematics-related fields of study, thus impeding evidence-based research in Liberia as well as the proper collection and analysis of data to drive interferences about the behavior of such a system

Mrs. Nganfuan added these gaps are essentially depriving the country of meaningful development because mathematics is so mystified to the extent that students dare see it as a key human development science.

“The stack realization presents a daring need for a robust intervention through tailored short and long-term programs to improve and attract deserving scholars to this field. Mathematics permeates every field of applied science including; engineering, economics, finance, and health among other fields,” Mrs. Nganfuan said.

In remarks, UL President Dr. Julius Zarwolo Nelson expressed gratitude to the partners for the support which has come to the realization of the program today at the university.

Dr. Nelson in an exciting tone told the public that the UL authority will continue to the partnership with national institutions to ensure that they respond to the national need across the country and fill in those existing gaps which he believes will contribute to the Pro-Poor Development for Prosperity and Development.

“Students who will complete the statistics program will gain competence in such topics as descriptive statistics, estimation, confidence intervals, probability, and inferential techniques, simple and multiple regression, analysis of variance, and more advanced topics which will make their skills available in the science of inductive inference for research, industrial and social organization by playing an important part in solving problems of science and practical life,” Dr. Nelson said.

He described the partnership program between the UL and LISGIS as the fruit of a renewed working relationship as they go forward to the future. “Therefore, today I want to encourage all of you here to be part of the recruitment team. I want to send out an SOS call for new graduates to take advantage of the opportunity,” he added.   

The Director-General at LISGIS, Prof. Francis Wreh, also described the partnership as a major milestone achievement ever. Prof Wreh also indicated that both institutions are expected to work together to build the capacity of the National Statistical System (NSS) of Liberia.

“Our vision for the NSS office is to build a vibrant statistical system in the country compared to others around the African region and the world at large,” he noted.

He added that the bachelor’s degree in statistics when inaugurated will be followed in subsequent years by the offering of the Master’s degree as well as the Doctorate degree in statistics. However, Prof Wreh said in order to achieve this goal, and for the sustainability of the program in statistics at the university, potential candidates have to be vetted and sent out under the HISWA project for further studies and upon completion to join the UL faculty.

He also disclosed that the government in partnership with the World Bank planned to support and strengthening the country’s statistics system.  


  1. Wouldn’t it make more sense to invest in getting the young people throughout the country stronger at Mathematics? Good luck catching up with the rest of the continent…they are long gone.

  2. what ? statistics? U.L is not for math it is for public administration, sociology, psychology, accounting, business administration

    they cant do statistics because they are too busy with the easy stuff.

  3. Always putting the cart before the horse!

    Is it the cart that pulls the horse? NO!!!!!!
    It is the horse that pulls the cart.

    Stop rushing to get the World Bank’s money to chop. If you don’t stop your hypocrisy in Liberia, the Holy Ghost will send thunder fire on some of you to burn you to ashes.

    Great, we are going to offer a bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Where are you going to recruit such students from? From Tubman High or Bassa High or Raymond Town Public School?

    Oh, I forgot, sorry my people!
    The children growing up in Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Grand Kru, Cape Mount, etc. are not part of Liberia. Only the children growing up in Monrovia are part of Liberia.
    Maybe they are offering this degree for graduates from the Alexander B. Cummings Model Science and Technology School and a handful of private schools in Monrovia.

    This is a group of people who crave nation building,
    Que Dieu pardon vos péchés envers le peuple Libérien !

  4. Let’s first of all look at the current [RATING] given to The University Of Liberia; internationally and by some of it’s former distinguished professors. If we look at it as a grade, it’s C-. U.L should first focus on improving its “AVERAGE RATING”(C-)
    status. For now, U.L should limit itself to; “Introduction To Statistics”, as a requirement of the curriculum in some other degree granting programs. You bet! A degree granting curriculum in [STATISTICS] is very challenging. Does the U.L have the requirements/resources for a “Faculty Of Statistics”? That’s the question.😜???

  5. The current University of Liberia is infesting the country with ill-prepared graduates. It is granting high school students, by Western standards, academic and professional degrees.

    I wrote previously that given the current state of the University, soon it will start awarding academic degrees to marketers, Yana boys, pen pen riders and all who desire academic degrees.

    One its recent graduates with a so-called MBA in Banking and Finance was unable to read and fully comprehend a document written at an 8th grade level. He read it wrongly to someone and the person brought it to me to decipher it. I utterly marveled at what he told the person and what the document dictated.

    Those so-called professors at UL are themselves unqualified to teach at any outstanding universities in the world let alone grant academic degrees. But the country is sick and those that lead it are innately sick to the core. So, what you expect? Masters degrees that can not get out Liberia and compete globally? Give me a break!

    A degree in statistics from UL? That degree will never leave Liberia. It will be a degree meant for the Liberian job market as with all degrees they are currently awarding. What a shame and a mockery they are making?

    Those fools at the University will pay for the damage they are inflicting on the country for graduating non-conforming academics and derelicts. Shame on them! Fools!

  6. Miss Momoh,
    In a unique way, I agree with most of your argument. During the last 15-20 years, graduates of the University of Liberia are not good graduates. It’s very sad.

    Let me say this. The Ministry of Education in Liberia is weak! The country’s Minister of Education has his own private school. In my view, operating one’s school while serving as the nation’s Minister of Education shows a conflict. Lastly, the public school students of Liberia do not have their full set of textbooks. That’s a drag.


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