MONROVIA: The President of the University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Julius S. Nelson Jr., has been giving reasons for the prolongation of the last Academic Year of the University.
He named renovation works at UL campuses which had to be done before the start of the Second Semester of Academic Year 2021/2022.
He said the first phase of the renovation focused on the Capitol Hill Campus of UL, mainly affecting the roads that run through campus.
He also mentioned some of UL iconic buildings such Tubman Hall and the Firestone Quadrangle (FQ Building).
Addressing a news conference, held on the Capitol Hill campus of the University on Monday, June 12, 2023, Dr. Nelson noted that during the first phase of the renovation exercise, the wash and sanitation challenge on the Capitol Hill Campus was to a large extent addressed with the installation of a borehole water system to deliver water into bathrooms and in some of UL buildings. “Many of the restrooms were also renovated during this phase,” he disclosed.
According to him, the renovation is not over yet and the second phase will focus on their Fendall Campus, and then it will be extended to the other campuses.
“We have already engaged the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for the funding to commence the second phase,” he pointed out.
He assured the public that the Administration of this great institution is very committed to ensuring and protecting the image of the University of Liberia.
“A student’s academic sojourn, from admission to graduation, is guided and governed by policies and procedures enshrined in a number of instruments including the Revised Student Handbook,” he said.
Dr. Nelson disclosed that they have revised the Student Handbook in the last three years to conform to changes that have occurred in our society at large.
Students, as an important constituent of the University family, have rights that must be respected at every stage of the teaching and learning experience, in the same way we protect the rights of faculty, staff and the administration.
“Therefore, our task, as the Custodians/Managers/Administrators of this institution, is to follow the rules as fairly as possible, without fear and favor, whenever there’s an issue that calls into question the integrity and image of our institution,” he said.
He indicated that as higher education becomes more affordable through a deliberate tuition free policy of the Government of Liberia, championed by The Visitor to the University of Liberia and President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, the management team at this university is doing its best to ensure that it is accessible and affordable without compromising quality.
“Thanks again for supporting the digitization plan of the University of Liberia which has enabled the processing and management of over 22,000 students (and counting) without chaos,” he noted.
He pointed out that, cognizant of the fact that faculty and students must have time to exercise their civic rights during the electoral process in October 2023, the University of Liberia registration will begin June 19th and end on July 8th which will be followed by the commencement of classes on Monday, June 26, 2023, while mid-term Exams which will run from August 7th to 12.th
He pointed out that, lectures will end on September 9th follow by final Exams from September 11th to 23rd.
He stressed that at the moment, the electronic applications of more than 8,000 candidates are being processed by the Office of Enrolment Services (OES) and those successfully vetted will start receiving Admission Letters via email on Monday, June 12, 2023, and this exercise will continue until Friday, June 30, 2023.