By Matthew Kanu..
It is now a tradition for the University of Makeni Development Studies Department to organize seminars annually for the final year students of the department. This year’s seminar was held recently at the Fatima Campus.
Head of Department Unisa Patrick Kamara confirmed that over 50 final year students participated in the seminar. In his address to the students Mr. Kamara said the seminar was organized to instill skills that would enable students to think outside the box and be job creators rather than job seekers.
In his address to the students of the department, Vice Chancellor Professor Joseph Turay described the seminar as a yard stick to face the challenges of globalization when they leave the shores of the University. “To overcome the challenges of globalization you have to think locally and globally” said Professor Turay, advising the students to be innovative, adaptive and express the ability to manage time and space.
This year’s keynote speaker was Mariama Maco Conteh, a graduate of the department. Other speakers included Dr. Rebecca Esliker (a leading psychologist in Sierra Leone) and Mohamed S. Conteh (Director of an organization called MADAM Sierra Leone and founder of Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Food). This year’s theme was “Globalization and it challenges facing students”.
In their presentations the speakers, informed the students that the major challenge they will face when they graduate is the lack of internet connectivity in the country and the ability to use social media as global tool for change . They said for students to overcome the challenges of globalization facing them , universities must introduce undergraduate programmes targeting the job market. Students must be ready to fail many times before succeeding in life, and must be able to make use of the available opportunities around within and outside their environment.