By Matthew Kanu from Makeni..
The Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone in it’s bid to contribute to the promotion of Higher Education is presently aiding the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) in short and long term academic programmes.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Makeni, Professor Joseph Turay, said in an interview how he appreciated the effort of the Chinese Embassy staff in Sierra Leone in building the capacity of the academic staff. He said they have established a bilateral relationship with the Embassy that will contribute to the Human Resource Development of Sierra Leone.
The staff of UNIMAK are attending seminars in China throughout the year. A team of four attended a three weeks seminar on Higher Education Management, a team of five attended a seminar on ICT Application in Higher Education for African Countrie, and a team of four attended a Seminar on China’s Social System and Public Policy Experience.
The majority of the academic staff and management of the University believe that the relationship between UNIMAK and the Government and Peoples of China is very important for the development of Sierra Leone. Accounting and Finance Head of Department Abdulai Sankoh said he was grateful to be part of the team that participated in the seminar on China’s Experience. He said this seminar enabled him to gain new ideas and learn something new that will impact not only the academic staff development of the University but Sierra Leone as a whole.
Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Management, Victoria Iheanacho, who spent three weeks in Zhejiang University in Jinhua City, explained that there is a lot Sierra Leone can learn from China in the area of politics, respect for the rule of law, the Economy, technology and the environment.