UL to Regain Pre-war Status

first_imgLiberia’s messy education system, especially at the tertiary level with specific reference to the University of Liberia, is on the verge of getting a boost from Cheryl Dozier, the president of Savannah State University (SSU), Georgia, U.S.A. Ms Dozier is offering to form a partnership with the University of Liberia.UL is the nation’s premier institution of learning, but the level of academic activities at the institution have been far from encouraging since the 14 year civil crisis ended. The institution has recently been beleaguered by chaotic activities between students, faculty, and staff on one side and the administration on another.According to Ms. Dozier, when the partnership is established, the UL will regain its pre-war status when it competed with world-class universities.The SSU president made the offer on Tuesday, March 4, during a courtesy call to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry Office. She said the offer is in support of President Sirleaf’s courage to see a revamped education sector; and her institution stands ready to support the cause.Prior to the Liberian crisis, according to sources, the University of Liberia was an academic hub where some of the continent’s most renowned leaders and diplomats were schooled. This is no longer the case as the institution has been downgraded to a business center where instructors extort money from students for grades.The partnership, according to this paper’s sources, would give critical consideration to technical areas such as Marine Engineering, Social Work, and the Criminal Justice System. This joint venture between the two schools could help elevate the National Police Training Academy to an Associate Degree-granting institution; a plan that has already been initiated between UL and the Liberia National Police. Madam Dozier said her institution is willing to provide textbooks and enter into a student/faculty exchange program with UL and other institutions of higher learning.Savannah State, the only university awarding a degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the state of Georgia, was interested in extending that program by working with UL to see how they could help Liberia with its ports of entry for the security of its own borders.Coming to Liberia to form a partnership with the University of Liberia was like coming home, she said, since Liberia and the State of Georgia have a rich black history in common regarding the emancipation of former slaves.   Founded in 1890 by Richard R. Wright, Sr., who was born into slavery, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college in Georgia.President Sirleaf expressed her gratitude and said that she was honored that SSU would see Liberia as a home. The President also announced the formation of the partnership with Liberia’s flagship tertiary institution. She said the historical connection with the United States was clear, as evident by the continuous support from past and current U.S. administrations and the Congress, which has, over the years, made the United States Liberia’s number one bilateral partner. She expressed hope that the partnership would also encourage people-to-people outreach and increase student/staff exchange.She hailed UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, for being an ambassador in government’s quest to restore quality education in Liberia, especially at the tertiary level. She described him as bridge builder between overseas and Liberian universities.Dr. Dennis, in his comments, expressed satisfaction that his efforts to resuscitate the University of Liberia were gaining momentum, and he praised President Sirleaf’s administration for their support in realizing the dream. He thanked Liberia’s Honorary Consul General, Madam Cynthia Nash, for making contact possible with several U.S. universities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Indian Eateries in Malaysia Face Crisis Due to Shortage of Workers

first_imgA shortage of workers, including foreign employees, has forced as many as 2,000 Chinese coffee shops and 400 Indian-Muslim and banana leaf restaurants to shut shop in Malaysia in 2017, according to a joint committee representing the owners.Urging the government to immediately look into their issues, the Malaysia-Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors General Association (MSCP), Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association (Primas) and Malaysian Indian-Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) have sent a joint memorandum to the authorities, the Star Online reported.“The problem of getting approval for foreign workers has been unresolved for three years. The system of getting replacements has been made very stringent and there is no way small players can meet all the conditions required by the Government,” T. Thanabalan, Primas secretary-general, said.Thanabalan added that several banana leaf rice restaurants are expected to cease operations this year because they are due to substitute their foreign work force. Banana leaf restaurants, which are immensely popular in the country, serve the entire south Indian meal on a plantain leaf.Rehiring is a huge challenge for the owners since they need to go through a tedious process in order to fulfill the criteria laid down by government departments or agencies. “Hence, the cleanliness of restaurants has also been compromised (as a result of the worker shortage) and this resulted in more issues, such as summons from local councils,” Thanabalan added.Presma president Ayub Khan said that his association foresees more Indian-Muslim eateries shutting down this year. The joint memorandum was sent to the government in the hope that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Bin Hamid would take steps to resolve the problems that the operators are facing.Malaysia is known for its Mamak shops, which are small restaurants that offer pocket-friendly Malay and Indian food.According to Thanabalan, if the situation persists, traditional eateries may even vanish from the country. “We are in dire straits and the only way out is to cease operations,” he added.MSCP president Ho Su Mong said that 10 to 15 per cent of its 20,000 members across the country shut down in 2017. The situation could become worse as thousands of foreign workers who had gone to their home countries during the Chinese New Year festive break had not come back. “This means we are looking at more businesses closing down as the procedure for rehiring has been made complicated and more stringent,” Su Mong added. Related ItemsHospitalityMalaysialast_img read more

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