UNIMAK is engaged as part of its mandate in responding to a public health crisis namely Ebola. A University’s mission involves teaching, research and community service in order to be relevant and responsible.
Our engagement has revolved around the following pillars: fund raising for our institutions, social mobilization, and psychosocial support and media education. The District Ebola task force established by the Government appointed UNIMAK to coordinate the psychosocial pillar and fundraising for its Ebola response in the district.
Our lecturers are deployed in the Task force secretariat in data management, finance accounting and counsellors in the psychosocial sector.
Social Mobilization :
In collaboration with Radio Maria, UNIMAK has designed Ebola messages, hosted panel discussions, designed a program on culture and Ebola titled ‘Religion against Ebola’. The radio is being used as a means of campaign and education in raising awareness in the fight against the Ebola epidemic. The social mobilization pillar has also provided food to quarantine homes and survivors and sensitization in other parts of the district.
The University has also organized media education on Ebola in collaboration with Radio Maria and radio broadcast programs for children in both primary, junior and senior secondary schools in the district. This has now been taken up by other districts and the government in the country. Our MBA in Sustainable Enterprise is up and running through an online program set up by the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. Other departments have been asked to start a pilot online program with their students.
The University has been coordinating and raising funds for Makeni Catholic Diocese in their response to the Ebola crisis. The district Ebola task force has also asked the University to coordinate its fund raising initiatives for the Ebola response.
In collaboration with other partners UNIMAK has produced a toolkit for a psychosocial response to the Ebola crisis for nurses and other health related workers.
We have also established a survivors center for counselling survivors and other victims of the Ebola crisis.
Senate has approved a review of our curriculum to incorporate infectious and tropical disease as part of its core module for Public Health students. Attached is our post Ebola plan for health training in the University (see separate news post).
ICMS-UNIMAK Registration Form
The University of Makeni has successfully completed discussions with the Imperial College of Mines and Safety (ICMS) in Ghana, and is now pleased to announce that it now offers training and educational programs for individuals and corporate organizations in the extractive industry in Sierra Leone.
The ICMS-UNIMAK partnership will support the country’s rapidly developing extractive industry sector by building capacity and knowledge base in the fields of Professional Mining and Safety Management.
The training programs are carefully designed to reflect current industry standards and practices and are offered in exclusive partnership with Government, top managers from leading mining companies and lecturers from universities across English West Africa.
Download the ICMS-UNIMAK Registration Form here
Download the ICMS Course Catalogue here
As part of their collaboration with the University of Makeni and Makeni City Council, the CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain has published a detailed map of the city and its environs. As well as major religious buildings, hospitals and hotels, the map shows the location of the city’s 50 schools. Professor Luis Perea Moreno, who heads the team that worked on this, has said that it is the wish of the universities to guide the present and future growth of the city of Makeni by striking a careful balance between residential, commercial, recreational, and institutional needs. The detailed map will facilitate the planning process.
The map can be accessed using the following links:
The University of Makeni is seeking to fill the positions of Agribusiness Lecturer and Renewable Energy Lecturer to the course MBA Global Business and Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship Track in the Faculty of Commerce and Management.
Applicants must be trained and qualified Lecturers who are able to demonstrate professional experience in the relevant sector in Sierra Leone.
Appointment Duration: September 16th to 19th 2014 / February 22nd to 23rd 2015 (dates to be confirmed)
The closing date for applications is 30th July 2014
Follow these links for details on how to apply:
The University of Makeni (UNIMAK) has organized a three day religious tolerance conference in Makeni. With the aim to celebrate religious tolerance the conference brought together forty five delegates from across the country including Muslims and Christians.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Rev. Prof. Fr. Joseph Turay, invited the conference delegates to discuss the problems that disturb religious tolerance and what to do to continue celebrating our religious tolerance.
Follow this link for a full report on the conference from correspondent Matthew Kanu,
and follow these links for the papers presented by: