By Matthew Kanu in Makeni.
An Open Day academic and career exhibition held on 2nd April attracted hundreds of people from all sectors of development across the country. Delivering her remarks the chairperson of the event, Veronica Kamara, said the University of Makeni was established to address issues that led to the decade long civil conflict and to equitably contribute to the development of the country’s human resource. She said the exhibition marked the 10th anniversary celebrations.
Explaining the purpose of the gathering, the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Chernor Benedict Jalloh, said the University has a series of events marking the 10th anniversary this year, and the open day academic and career exhibition is just one of them. He expressed gratitude to the distinguished personalities and students from various secondary schools that attended the event, adding: “We are bringing the University closer to the people .We want the people of Sierra Leone to know what we can offer as a University and how important is the university to the country”
Historically the University of Makeni started in 2005 as the Fatima Institute. The University gained full recognition in 2009 from the Government of Sierra Leone through the Sierra Leone Tertiary Education Commission . To enter for any degree program students must have five credits in WASCE including English Language and to enter for diploma students must have 4 credits in WASCE including English Language.
A student of the Saint Joseph Secondary School, Kadiatu Mansaray, explained in an interview that she is grateful to the University of Makeni for exhibiting the various departments of the university. She says she would like to study Mass Communication when she finish her WASCE exams this year.
All Faculties of the University showcased their departments to the parents and students waiting to take their WASCE exams later this year. Andrew Jabati is a parents of 3 students taking the WASCE in April this year in Bo City, Southern Province. He like many parents that attended the event expressed satisfaction on the information received from the various department and faculties.