World Bank boss lauds USL for training the country’s intelligentsia


By Hassan G. Koroma

World Bank Country Director in Sierra Leone, Mr. Ato Brown, has lauded the remarkable feat of the University of Sierra Leone for training a large class of intelligentsia who have gone on to serve the country and other parts of the world.

He was speaking on the second day of a two-day conference organised by Sierra Leone’s premier university themed, “Funding the University of Sierra Leone: Prospects and Challenges in a Dynamic Economy and Global Environment”.

The World Bank resident director revealed he had met several highly educated individuals and professors of various nationalities in countries across the world who are alumni of the University of Sierra Leone, and are proud to be recognised as such, but the biggest puzzle is why has the university been left to decline to its current ebb.

He said the conference on devising strategies to raise funds for the university was a very good step by the university administration because the outcome would entail viable ways of raising funds for the university, not least to regain its glorious past.

In his statement, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, Dr. Canon Modupe Taylor-Pearce, said the conference should be taken seriously because the University of Sierra Leone is the joy, pride and heritage of the country and that Sierra Leoneans should be proud that it is an Oxford or Cambridge.

 “I firmly believe and ask you to join me to tell the world that the University of Sierra Leone is on a forward march, unstoppable because we make the nation’s great,” he said.

On his part, Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Commission, Professor David S.M. Koroma, suggested that the university should invest in private enterprise to generate funds for the university, such as operating fuel station, book shops, to address its present financial status.