President Bio inaugurates East Technical University court and decorates Eastern Technical University with First Chancellor – Global Times Newspaper


His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio inaugurated the Tribunal of the Eastern Technical University in Kenema and decorated Dr Julius Fofana Sandi as its first Chancellor, in fulfillment of a pledge to cease being Chancellor of the Universities.

The Supreme Chief of the Nongowa Chiefdom, PC Sadiq Mattoe Kapuwa IV, welcomed the President and his entourage and expressed his joy at having the privilege of transforming Eastern Polytechnic College into a technical university. He said this would make Kenema’s learning environment suitable for his purpose, adding that it would also bring development to the township and by extension to the region.

“On behalf of the Council of Supreme Chiefs and the people of the Eastern Region, especially the people of Kenema, I say thank you and God bless you all,” he concluded.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Technical University of the East, Professor Mohamed Konneh, said the establishment of the institution was a milestone in the history of the region and for the natives of Kenema and its communities. surroundings. He added that access to higher education institutions would enlighten the future of students and ensure the development of the country.

Professor Konneh further noted that the updating of the Technical University resonated very well with President Julius Maada Bio’s quest to improve the human capital development of the country.

“On behalf of the staff, students and residents of this city, we say thank you to His Excellency and God bless the Technical University of the East,” he concluded.

Higher and Technical Education Minister Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie said it was a joyous and happy day for academics and people in the East, who he said were the bastion and brain of the nation through Bunumbu Teachers College, which began operations as a union college in 1922.

He noted that technical instructions have always helped solve societal problems and, therefore, urged the university to consider ICT, mining engineering, solar engineering, and water engineering that would help. to solve the many difficult challenges in the region and by extension the country.

“In academia, you have to create an environment where students can do things on their own through innovation and all forms of education where everyone’s creativity is harnessed and honored to create their own work.” , he noted.

In his statement, President Julius Maada Bio said he could not be more honored to be at the new university because as a People’s Party of Sierra Leone and as a government they had judged him appropriate, rationalized it, promised it, and finally delivered on it.

“But we kept several promises. In the People’s Manifesto, I promised to create a Ministry of Technical and Higher Education that will oversee higher and technical education in this country. We delivered.

“We also pledged to ‘establish a university system that employs its own leadership as chancellors’ – people’ with distinguished and proven track records of leadership in higher education, significant international clout and contacts (networks of funding and research) and who are reform-minded. “I promised to stop being chancellor of universities. It is a promise kept,” he said.

He said that in the future and in accordance with the Universities Law of 2021, he did not wish to intervene in the general governance of these institutions, but would support them to develop and produce the highest quality of graduates that the country had need for sustainable and inclusive development.

“In this new university, I am informed that there will be a Faculty of Studies on Business and Entrepreneurship; a faculty of vocational studies and skills development; a Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences; a faculty of engineering and innovation; a faculty of development agriculture and natural resource management, a faculty of health sciences and disaster management studies and, last but not least, a faculty of education.

“The scope covers translational science and innovation, training and health service delivery, engineering, agriculture and agro-industry, natural resource management, disaster management, entrepreneurship and teacher training and development.

“It is an education that develops human capital, creates and stimulates a new type of knowledge-based economy, and nurtures opportunities and creates jobs in the private sector. Our economy is growing with great potential and only well-trained people can lead this development. In a week, I will be at COP26 to discuss how we can tackle climate change, build resilience and create a green economy. This new economy requires new skills. These skills can be quickly developed within a technical university, ”he said.


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