ASIC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Commission on Higher Education, The Republic of Liberia, to improve higher education provision in Liberia’s universities and increase transparency and accountability through Quality Assurance and Inspector Training.
Our mission is to improve the quality of international education provision for all students – no matter the place, mode, or subject of study. Often, we work directly with governments and Ministries of Education to improve upon, or introduce, processes with the aim of affecting change from the top down.
ASIC’s work with NCHE staff and universities across Liberia will have direct impact on the regulation and oversight of Higher Education provision in-country. We will also work to continue the Republic’s progress towards meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on ensuring that both individual student aspiration and the wider needs of Liberian society are met through the education system.
The online signing ceremony took place on 18th June 2021 at the Ministerial Complex, Monrovia, and was chaired by the Education Minister of Liberia, Prof. Dao Ansu Sonii. Two other organisations, IAMA and Praxi Labs, also took part in signing MoUs. The event served to highlight the renewed drive to improve the quality of education and research in Liberia, alongside further developing the Republic’s internationalisation strategy – helping to increase Liberia’s regional and global competitiveness.
Considered a “giant step towards improving the quality of education in Liberia” (allAfrica) – the aim of such partnerships with NCHE is to improve outcomes for the students of Liberia, to “make Liberian institutions renowned,” prepare them for entry into world rankings, develop and encourage partnerships and research grants, and ultimately “make a hub for international education in West Africa.”
Addressing those at the signing, Dr Maurice Dimmock (Chair of the ASIC Group) said: “it is so pleasing to see that education in the Republic of Liberia has benefited in recent years from some of their successful projects with the various International Development partners they have worked with and despite the global shock of this horrible pandemic that we’re all suffering from, Liberia remains steadfast in its commitment to the 2030 vision of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
ASIC and Liberia’s NCHE are aligned in our mission to put quality at the heart of all our efforts to improve provision. In order to deliver on the vision of 21st-century Liberia education, we believe that education today must equip students with the necessary, hard, soft, and technical competencies required for meaningful outcomes to be realised – for both individual student aspiration and the sustainable development and growth of society in Liberia.
The challenges facing Liberia in providing equitable access for all are great, but not insurmountable. And they are challenges that we all face [worldwide] – we face the same challenges here in the United Kingdom. So we’re very pleased that Liberia wants to work with us to develop quality education within their institutions… and working together, we have to have aspirations. We have to have high goals to aim for and working together. I am absolutely sure that we will do that, and I’m sure [that] within five years we will see some of the Liberian institutions feature in the world university rankings.”
The Chairman of the National Commission on Higher Education, Professor Dr D. Ansu Sonii, Sr. stated: “it is a privilege to collaborate with all of you… and I believe in five years, what we see today, will be history in this country. I would begin to see Liberia scaling up. This is a good beginning.”
President of the University of Liberia, Doctor Julius Nelson was called upon in his capacity as a member of the Board of Commissioners, NCHE to add: [I would like] to express our gratitude to you. For agreeing to partner with us as we join in the future. We believe that we are at the right moment to explore opportunities to improve our accreditation… We believe that you’re working with us in partnership will move us from whatever level we find ourselves today to the next level… We thank the Ministry and The Chairman of the Commission for giving that push that all of us in higher education should get to the point now where accreditation you have a different meaning as you go forward.”
In closing, Dr Mogana Flomo (Liberian Ministry) stated: “We want to thank all of you for joining Liberia in our quest to make Liberia is second to none in Africa and in our quest to make Liberia a hub for quality education in West Africa.”