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Njala University outlines plans for Golden Jubilee celebrations

By Hawa Amara

Njala University College (NUC) will celebrate its Golden Jubilee on 12th February 2014 at their main campus on Mokondeh, Njala, Moyamba District, southern Sierra Leone.

The disclosure was made yesterday by Dr. Julius Spencer at a press conference held at the university’s subsidiary campus on Henry Street in Freetown. Dr. Spencer said the celebrations marking the university’s 50th year of providing science education in the country will entail many events as well as attract numerous dignitaries.

Also, National President of the Alumni, Dr. Sanusi Deen, said the university was established in 1964 with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of technical support to agricultural science.

Dr. Deen said that in 1967, with the passage of the University of Sierra Leone Act, Njala University College became a constituent college of the University of Sierra Leone, while in 2005, a new University Act separated Fourah Bay College and Njala University into distinct independently run universities.

He said the Act joined Bo Teachers College, School of Hygiene and Paramedical School in Bo to constitute Njala University as an autonomous university, with the Bonthe Technical Training College being an affiliate tertiary institution.

Njala University comprised three campuses: Njala, Bo, and Freetown, plus seven academic schools.

Dr. Deen said the university administration and the Alumni Association are collaborating to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of the institution by a number of activities in Freetown and Njala.

He said the Alumni Association has various chapters across the country and that a project to improve infrastructure development at the university will be commissioned. He also disclosed that the Association will award the most outstanding student in each academic year.

Director of Public Relations and Short Courses, Dr. Victor Massaquoi, said Njala University is the premier tertiary institution in the country and that it has immensely contributed to national development, including producing many prominent individuals in the country.

Dr. Massaquoi said the university is on the verge of establishing a Department of Mass Communication, and launching a radio station which will broadcast on FM 92.5 from the Mokondeh campus, beginning 14th February.

He said the institution now has 16 hours electricity supply to facilitate teaching and research, as well as wireless internet connectivity in all three campuses, plus more academic staff with PhDs than ever before.

“First in the history, students and staff are actively involved in the current brainstorming and designing of the new Njala campus that would address the needs of students and staff in the next 25 years,” he said.

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