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FIRST AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT

The University participated in the African Higher Education Summit on Revitalizing Higher Education for Africa’s Future, which was held on March 10 -12, 2015 in Dakar, Senegal.

_DSC4603The summit delivered a strategic platform for stakeholders to engage on policy issues, share experience and practical information to drive effective transformation of the African higher education sector, and produced a draft Declaration and Action Plan “REVITALIZING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR AFRICA’S FUTURE”, intended, when finalized, to constitute a strong basis for the transformation of the Higher Education sector.

This included the statement of vision:

We unanimously affirm that it is critical to:
• Develop a high quality, massive, vibrant, diverse, differentiated, innovative, autonomous and socially responsible higher education sector that will be a driving force to achieving the vision outlined in Agenda 2063 by the African Union with commitment to “A shared strategic framework for inclusive growth and sustainable development and a global strategy to optimize the use of Africa’s resources for the benefit of all Africans”.
• Produce the human capital required for the continent’s inclusive and sustainable development, democratic citizenship, and repositioning as a major global actor.

The  full document is available on the website: http://summit.trustafrica.org/draft-declaration-and-action-plan/

 

Congratulations to The First Lawyers of the University of Makeni

image-5Ibrahim Samba and Lahai Kamara are the first University of Makeni Lawyers.

They have been called to the Sierra Leone Bar and are eligible to practice Law in Sierra Leone. Dean of Law Faculty, Lawyer Benedict C. M. Jalloh [above left] writes: “Our faith has taken us so far. .. for the Love of our people we trudge on …..surely victory and triumph belongs to our people. We thank God for his grace and guidance.”

The University of Makeni wishes to thank the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mr. Franklyn Bai Kargbo for the successful amendment of the Legal Practitioners Act, 2015, thereby enabling graduates from our department of law to be admitted as legal practitioners.
Moreover, the University also commends and congratulates the head Lawyer C.B. Jalloh and staff of the department, for relentlessly pursuing the issue of amending the Practitioners Act, and above all, for training and mentoring our students who have now been called to the Bar.

See below a copy of the Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Act 2015:

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Program of UniMak Staff Retreat – 18th March 2015

In their retreat on 18th March 2015, the staff of UniMak followed this programme:

•   9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Registration
• 10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Introductions
• 10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Prayers and reflections
• 10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – First session: presentation of 2010-2015 strategic plan: where are we coming from: challenges and achievements and factoring the Ebola crisis
• 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Break
• 11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Department/Faculty sharing: where are we coming from
• 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Ending the 2015 strategic planning and sustainability goals in a post-Ebola Framework.
• 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Formalities for the reopening of the University
• 1.30 p.m. – Lunch and close of session

Awards for UniMak Vice-Chancellor and Staff from Diaspora Focus

IMG_0053Diaspora Focus, a UK based organisation on advancing the welfare of Africans living abroad, have presented a Humanitarian award to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Makeni, Rev. Prof. Joseph A. Turay and two staff members of UniMak at a ceremony held at the University’s Multi-purpose conference Hall in Makeni City.

Delivering his awarding statement on behalf of the Diaspora Focus, the Director Emmanuel J.M Stafford said the fight against the Ebola in Sierra Leone is desperate with a good number of institutions and individuals making huge sacrifices in this fight. He furtherIMG_0057 noted that their effort should not go un-noticed and that they are of the firm conviction that thanking those individuals and institutions will serve as a motivation with a view to redoubling their efforts towards the final Ebola push. On this note he stated, the International Committee Board of the Diaspora Focus has deemed it necessary to award Rev. Prof. Joseph A. Turay, the VC of UniMak, Mr. Emmanuel Osman Kamara and Momoh Conteh staff of UniMak the 2014 Humanitarian award for the part played by the university and the individuals in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Receiving the meritorious Humanitarian award for work done in the fight IMG_0061against Ebola in Sierra Leone on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Leonard Bangura said the award is a challenge to do more and to live within expectations. He therefore expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to Diaspora Focus and dedicated the award to all Ebola survivors and all those that have engaged themselves in one way or the other in the fight against the EVD.
Mr. Emmanuel Osman Kamara and Momoh Conteh staff of UniMak also expressed thanks and appreciation for this meritorious award and called on other staffs and patriotic citizens to join the fight against the EVD.

Present at the award ceremony were a cross section of UniMak administrativeIMG_0074 and academic staff including the Director of Academic Affairs, Rev. Dr. Francis Seidu Sesay, the Registrar Adam Goguen, the Director of Human Resource, Veronica R Kamara and the Director of Finance and Administration Rev. Fr. Benjamin Sesay. The award ceremony was chaired by the Director of Planning and Development, Mr. Emmanuel A.B. Turay and the vote of thanks was delivered by Madam Jane Mattia the Deputy Registrar- UniMak