MONROVIA: World Bank Liberia’s new Country Manager, Madam Georgia Wallen, has called for collaboration involving all stakeholders including the government, private sector, and civil society.
She also stressed the need for a collaboration between the World Bank (WB) and the University of Liberia to expand access to education.
She stressed that this will help to develop more specialized programs, and create an enabling environment for the youth, commonly referred as Liberia’s future.
Speaking recently at the launch of Master of Science in Procurement Program at the University of Liberia, Madam Wallen expressed the belief that investing in Liberia’s future, one may thrive for, and shape a Nation towards prosperity.
She, however, expressed the hope that, the Master of Science program in Procurement at the UL will play a key role in advancing Liberia’s progress.
“Today marks an important occasion in education and development… and a new beginning for Liberia’s aspiring procurement professionals. I am delighted to join you in celebrating the successful launch of the Master of Science in Procurement program at the University of Liberia” she said.
According to her, this is a significant milestone in the collective efforts to strengthen Liberia’s human capital and foster its economic growth.
The World Bank-Liberia New Boss noted that, this achievement would not have been possible without the steadfast support and collaboration on several fronts.
She emphasized that, the project’s investment in establishing a Graduate Resource Center and upgrading teaching facilities owes to its focus on nurturing talents and empowering the youth of Liberia with cutting-edge resources and opportunities.
“The University of Liberia has professionalized public procurement through vertical education in procurement, paving the way for aspiring professionals to attain certifications, licenses, and continuing professional development” she stated.
She pointed out that, this initiative has not only strengthened the capacity of the University itself… but has also elevated the standards of public procurement practices in Liberia.
Madam Wallen disclosed that, the refurbishment and equipping of the Graduate School Resource Center with state-of-the-art computers, modern furniture, video conference facilities, and a wealth of textbooks have transformed it into a hub of knowledge and learning, providing students with a conducive environment to pursue their academic goals, dreams and aspirations.
“The project’s provision of windows, air conditioners, and classroom equipment are about creating a comfortable and stimulating learning environment for students and faculty alike” she noted.
“These efforts”, she stressed, “have one aim, which is to foster an atmosphere of academic excellence and innovation on the UL campus.”
Madam Wallen added, the fruitful launch of the Master of Science in Procurement program is only the beginning, and we have high hopes for the success and impact that are to come.
“As we inaugurate this flagship program today, we celebrate a new chapter in the University of Liberia’s academic journey” she said.
She also reaffirmed commitment to investing in human capital and building a prosperous future for Liberia.
Madam Wallen said the skills and knowledge students will acquire through this program will equip them to make meaningful contributions to Liberia’s growth, governance, and public procurement processes.
“On behalf of the World Bank, I would like to thank the European Union (EU) and Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their invaluable partnership and unwavering support throughout this transformational journey” she said.
She commended the University of Liberia for its vision and dedication to provide quality education and fostering a culture of excellence.