UL Makes Significant Strides: As Thousands Sit Entrance Exams
Thousands of High School graduates from all over Liberia seeking enrollment at the University of Liberia (UL), one of Africa’s fastest growing state-owned tertiary institutions, Saturday sat the entrance exams of the University to qualify them to enroll and pursue various degree courses at the university.
According to a reliable source, less than a decade ago the University was plagued with a plethora of problems ranging from insufficient government subsidy to low salary and wages of staff and personnel, to complaints of a declining standard, over-crowded classes and lecture rooms, the shortage of instructional materials and inconsistent grade systems.
Since Dr. Emmet Dennis took over the mantle of leadership as President of the UL, the university continues to make significant strides in many areas, making it a center of attraction for Liberian and foreign students alike. The classification of instructors and professors so that salary and fringe benefits commensurate with their qualifications and experience at the UL is one of the most attractive in West Africa, the number of disciplines offered at the University’s constituent colleges have been reviewed in such a way that they have bearings on Liberia’s development needs and aspirations.
As was observed recently, the number of scholarships offered by the university has increased with emphasis being placed on offering scholarships to students studying subjects and disciplines that are critical to Liberia’s development needs such as engineering, medicine, agriculture, biology, chemistry and mathematics, so as to create an equilibrium, nearly half of the students enrolled at the university studying business- related courses such as accounting, management and public administration.
Despite the emergence of several other universities and Junior and community colleges across Liberia, many of Liberia’s educators have the view that the UL should be like a role model when it comes to setting and maintaining international standards, in terms of enrollment policies and the quality of its instructional contents both in Liberia and in the West African sub-region; so that graduates of the institution will be able to conveniently compete on the global job market.
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