By Victoria Saffa
Acting Vice- Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sierra Leone (USL), Professor Ekundayo Jonathan David Thompson over the weekend called on the first set of graduands of 2013 to be selfless and do more to make Sierra Leone a great nation.
Professor Thompson was speaking during the congregation ceremony held at the Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre at Fourah Bay College which saw the conferment of degrees and the award of certificates and diplomas to hundreds of students upon successful completion of various courses of study at the university. He spoke on the topic: “Change is changing the USL: Managing the challenges of change with vision and determination.”
He noted that through teaching, research and community service, the University of Sierra Leone contributes to the realization of the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ adding that the university would embarked on reviewing programmes and courses to attune and align them with national development objectives and needs.
Professor Thompson further revealed that new programmes and courses have been introduced at the university, including Diploma in Banking and Finance, Mining Engineering, Pediatric Nursing and Management, Dental Therapist Training, Master of Public Health, although the university now awaits the endorsement of the Tertiary Education Commission.
He said the USL, through Memoranda of Understanding and agreements, is in partnership with universities in Africa and beyond, noting that faculty and staff capacity development, joint research and publication and staff exchanges are some of the areas of collaboration.
“The vision of the university is a friendly world class centre of excellence responsive to the needs of society and realizing that vision requires commitment to our core values of excellence, integrity, discipline, academic freedom, partnership and a focus on our clients (the students),” he said.
Meanwhile the second set of convocation ceremony will be held on 21st December 2013.