MONROVIA: The President of Liberia Movie Union (LIMU), Mr. Eddie Gibson, on Monday paid a courtesy visit to the Amos Claudius Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Liberia Fendall Campus.
Mr. Gibson held discussion with the Dean of the College, Associate Professor Dr. Josephus M. Gray, for the establishment of a diploma program in film studies and movie production. The program is aimed at equipping young Liberians in the entertainment industry with needed skills.
In a brief meeting with Dean Gray and the Chair of the Department of Arts and Crafts, Mr. Gibson praised the President of the University of Liberia, Prof. Dr. Julius Julukon Sarwolo Nelson for the levels of improvement at the institution and his vision for the entertainment industry.
According to Mr. Gibson, the entertainment industry fuels development and serves as a major economic driver. He therefore appealed to the UL Administration to widen the curriculum of the Department of Arts and Crafts to include other courses such as film studies, movie production and virtual communication.
He said local films are not just drivers of economic growth but offer an opportunity to portray the Liberian cultures internationally.
Responding, Dr. Gray lauded Mr. Gibson for the visit at the college and used the occasion to extend warm appreciation to him and the leadership of Liberia Movie Union. He praised Liberians who are making immense contributions in the entertainment industry to showcase their ideas and portray Liberian cultures in the most positive way.
Dr. Gray reiterated that there are too many positive things happening in the country that need to be portrayed to the global societies through entertainment in order to project the nation’s image internationally.
He reminded Mr. Gibson that the fact that UL administration has recognized the importance of fine arts and film as major drivers of economic growth, the university will partner and collaborate with LIMU to establish a diploma program for the entertainment industry to equip students with contextual and technical skills needed for career in the industry.
The Dean told Mr. Gibson that efforts were being put into place to review and revise the curriculum of the Department of Arts and Crafts to expand the course syllabus for the introduction of needed programs for career development and self-initiative.
According to Dr. Gray, the introduction of film studies and entertainment will enhance the prestige of the University of Liberia, particularly the Amos Claudius Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities.