[Issue 41] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa
- RUFORUM Blog
His Excellency George Manneh Weah the President of the Republic of Liberia Meets RUFORUM Delegation in Monrovia (Liberia)
Monrovia 25 April 2019 A delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has today paid a courtesy call to His Excellency George Manneh Weah the President of the Republic of Liberia at his Capitol Hill residence in Monrovia. This meeting comes ahead of the preparations for a symposium on higher education in Liberia scheduled to take place on 26th April 2019 Organised in partnership with the University of Liberia with focus on Promoting Higher Education in Liberia. While responding to the delegation, President George M. Weah applauded RUFORUM for being a Pan-African organisation that is working tirelessly to solve African challenges such as food and nutritional Security through investment in higher education, research and Innovation in Africa. He pledged his support to initiatives that support the education of youth in Liberia. He acknowledged the value of formal education in transforming economies and said it was the reason he went back to study despite being a professional footballer with international accolade.“After 18 years of playing football professionally, I went back to school. Not to prove anything, but to prepare myself for the future”. President George M. WeahSince 2018, as part of aligning operations for delivery of the Vision 2030 to create a Pan African Network, RUFORUM strategically intensified on advocacy with African Governments to support its initiatives with the member universities in the 37 countries in Africa. The Liberia meeting is part of the move by RUFOURM to anchor the West African outreach. The delegation led by Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, the Executive Secretary, congratulated the President for his election as the Head of State of the Republic of Liberia and for particularly maintaining and strengthening good governance and institutional processes in Liberia while focusing on strengthening agriculture and promoting Science, Technology and Innovation for economic development in Liberia. He commended His Excellency President Weah for the Government’s effort to re-build Liberia human capital base and efforts to strengthen Higher Education in Liberia as a fulcrum for economic development of the country. Professor Adipala thanked the Ministry of Education and the President of University of Liberia for organizing a Liberia Higher Education Day to galvanise support and action for the development of the Higher Education Sector in Liberia. The RUFORUM delegation included Vice Chancellors from 10 Universities in Africa and RUFORUM Secretariat staff.
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- Front Page Africa
University of Liberia Hosts 23 African Heads of Universities in Monrovia (Liberia)
Twenty-three African universities’ heads are presently in the country holding meetings with Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, President of the University of Liberia and heads of other higher learning institutions on ways at improving higher education in Liberia. This one-day event, which is a side meeting of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Board Meetings also taking place in Monrovia, will be a national symposium on higher education and will be jointly hosted by the University of Liberia, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, the National Commission on Higher Education and the RUFORUM Secretariat. Dr. Weeks is hosting her colleagues from 12 countries on the continent. The 23 presidents/vice-chancellors, principals and deans are from highly ranked African universities that are offering academic programs in agriculture, engineering, science and technology. They are in to Liberia to attend their 18th Executive Board Meetings. The Meetings, which are expected to be held from April 24th to 26th in Monrovia has gathered delegates from Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia. Speaking Wednesday, April 24, at the formal opening of the Meetings, Dr. Weeks, who is the Deputy Chair of the RUFORUM Executive Board, welcomed her guests and gave some historical perspectives of the continental body. “We are glad that Liberia is hosting these distinguished individuals, who are heads of universities to be here and to network, to interact with Liberian heads of universities and government officials to talk about the need to work together to build capacity as a team. Nobody knows what is better for Africa than ourselves,” Dr. Weeks stated. She also used the occasion to speak about opportunities the organization provides for its members. Dr. Weeks disclosed that eight UL faculty members are presently doing their PhD as a result of UL’s affiliation with RUFORUM. “Governments can’t do what needs to be done alone so partners need to help government meet the needs of its citizens,” she added.
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- The New Dawn Liberia
RUFORUM targets Liberian universities in network (Liberia)
Africa’s higher education group Regional Universities Forum (RUFORUM) for Capacity Building in Agriculture is in Monrovia seeking to expand its network across Liberian universities to collaborate and support human capital development. The organization has expanded it is network to 105 universities across Africa, and state – run University of Liberia (UL) joined the group in 2017. A delegation of university leaders from other African countries are here in Monrovia for a symposium that seeks to make sure that the universities are working together to support the development agenda of the continent. A symposium is being held under the theme: “Promoting Higher Education in Liberia,” in an effort to push for collaboration among universities here to support human capital development and to develop a new generation of scholars who love and believe in the African continent. Opening the forum Wednesday, 24 April at the Boulevard Palace in Sinkor, the host, UL president and deputy chair Dr. Ophelia Weeks explains that the forum is an opportunity to engage other universities here to become a part of RUFORUM to interact with leaders of other universities across Africa. According to Dr. Weeks, the forum is here to network, interact with heads of universities and government officials to talk about the need to work together to build capacity as a team. She recalls that the RUFORUM came into existence since 2004, but UL joined it in 2017.
The UL president continues that RUFORUM seeks to build capacity in agriculture across Africa, and it has since developed into 105 universities across Africa over the years.