1 July 2014

Liberia: UL Battles Human Resource Constraints - Prepares Faculty

The President of the University of Liberia said the institution is at the crossroad of human resource development in the country.

The problem, he said, can be seen in the UL's continued battle with human resource constraints. He blamed that on brain drain, which is caused by the country's civil war.

Dr. Dennis made the disclosure over 'Super Morning Show', over state-owned ELBC, Tuesday July 1, 2014.

He said, however, said despite severe financial difficulty the University has increased faculty and staff salaries for the last five years.

"We have increased faculty and staff salaries for the last five years because the people that are there now deserve the increment so that they earn money to support their families," the UL President noted.

He urged the UL to improve its human resource to ensure quality education.

"We must reach to a place where we can do it on our own to send our graduates to study abroad. We got about 52 of them right now studying in various places and at the same time to be able to purchase qualified faculty to come and supplement what we already have," Dr. Dennis added.

He boasted about the rise in the number of PhD holders in the University's faculty to 30, from 15. "In 2004 we have only 4 faculty members with master degrees, but now we have 22 on the faculty," he revealed.

The UL President said faculty development has been a focus both in terms of enumeration as well as sending them abroad for training, and that the Business College now has 85 persons doing MBA, from 40 in the past.

Dr. Dennis said since he became President of the University of Liberia in 2009 there has been no disengagement, except last November when the faculty and students demonstrated for the removal of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

"Throughout the five-year period, we have not had any disengagement for salary increment," he noted.

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