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UNIMAK mentioned at 8th UN Conference on Disability Issues

Correspondent Mercy Mwaura writes:

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During the 8th Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the deputy minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Ibrahim Bai Attila has commended UNIMAK among other institutions in Sierra Leone for taking the lead role in promoting special needs education in Sierra Leone. The deputy minister announced this in the ‘Good Morning Salone’ radio programme on 13th June. This UN Conference is aimed at improving the wellbeing of disabled people in member states. UNIMAK is the first institution in the country to promote special needs education at graduate level.

Hopes for location of new advanced laboratory facility at UNIMAK

A team of British scientists, part of the international effort to curb further spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, has released its first dataset of the virus’ genetic structure online. The dataset will allow the global scientific community to monitor the pathogen’s evolution in real-time and conduct research that can lead to more effective strategies against further outbreaks.

The next-generation sequencing system was installed at the laboratory adjacent to an Ebola Treatment Centre in Makeni, which was funded by the UK’s department for International Development. In order to ensure a lasting benefit for the project beyond the current crisis, the next-generation sequencing system is expected to be installed at the University of Makeni, where it will be used by local scientists to study Ebola, and other pathogens that affect the region.

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UNIMAK Celebrates Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship

Emmanuel A.B. Turay, UNIMAK‘s Communications Officer, writes:

To mark the celebration of the reopening of the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship, the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and the University of Makeni are organising ‘Makeni Business Forum 2015′ on Saturday 30th May 2015 at the University of Makeni Great Auditorium in Makeni City. The theme for this Business Forum will be “Doing Business in Sierra Leone after the Ebola outbreak and Support programs and Resources for Entrepreneurs”.

This business forum will attract the business community and institutions to network and get firsthand knowledge about programmes and resources available to entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone. It will also attract Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) to showcase their products and services to customers and partners. Entrepreneurs will also learn about the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship at UNIMAK.

Business Forum 2015 is designed to discuss the impact of the Ebola crisis in the Sierra Leone Business Community, present the programmes and resources available to local entrepreneurs to reignite their economic system and create ample opportunity for one-on-one meetings and business networking. The business forum will further explore and nurture the new partnerships and opportunities arising between entrepreneurs, investors and other actors of the Sierra Leone business ecosystem. The forum will involve prominent stakeholders from the private and public sectors and the international agencies to engage in dialogue of implementation, advising on key strategic directives related to Sierra Leone’s economic outlook.

Several distinguished personalities have consented to participate in this forum including the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Mabinty Daramy, Head of European Delegation to Sierra Leone Peter Versteeg among others. The event partners include Sierratel, Cordaid, EU, ABSL, SLIEPA, ACTB, among others.

It could be recalled that one of Africa’s pressing needs is to have a new kind of entrepreneurs who desire to do more than just making profits. These impact entrepreneurs want to identify and solve social problems on a large scale, to touch their communities and drive a positive and sustainable change. The biggest challenge facing them is how to upscale their impact. Too many impact entrepreneurs have brilliant ideas but fail into executing them, or run inspiring ventures but without being able to reach adequate scale. Part of the reason is lack of both accesses to capital and management skills to transform small start-ups in larger organisations.

It is as against this background and challenges that the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) the largest private university in Europe created the ‘Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship’. From this year on, the prestigious double Degree Master course (internationally recognised title) will be also offered at the University of Makeni.

Conference on Post Ebola and Education

Unimak’s Centre for Social Transformation and the Makeni Diocese Catholic Education Office jointly organised a conference on 14th and 15th May. The theme was Post Ebola and Education: Celebrating 10 years of a Diocesan Synod. After a welcome from the Apostolic Administrator, Fr Natalio Paganelli, the topics to be discussed were introduced by Fr. Peter Mansaray and included an “Overview of the Synod”,”Education Today – Successes and Challenges”, and “The Way Forward”.