High-powered Delegation from Prof. Amos Sawyer College Arrive in India

Prof J. Moses Gray

The Dean of the Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Liberia, Associate Prof. Josephus M. Gray is leading a three-man high-powered delegation from the College to New Delhi, India, upon the official invitation of the Sharda University to participate in a week-long academic forum which will bring together distinguished academics, scholars and administrators.

The College delegation include the Chairperson of the Department of Political Science, Assistant Professor Richmond S. Anderson and Atty. Cletus A. Sieh, Coordinator, Office of the President of the University of Liberia and faculty in the Department of English and Language Studies. Prof Anderson represents the chairpersons and faculty of UL while Atty. Sieh represents the administration of the institution.

The official trip to India is an opportunity for the two universities Sharda University and the University of Liberia to expand working relationship at academic and mutual levels for the benefit of the Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Some of the areas of benefits include cooperation, collaboration and areas of mutual interests.

Major areas of mutual benefits including exchange of faculty and administrative staff, internships and sabbaticals, exchange of Ph.D. scholars, provision of scholarships for postgraduate and undergraduate students, dual degree program, credit transfer programs, short and long term customized courses, joint collaborative research projects and publication of a joint peer-viewed research journal.

The Presidents of the two Universities, Prof.  Dr. Julius Julukon Sarwolo Nelson, Jr. and Prof. Dr. Ashok Daryani have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of mutual and educational benefits to both institutions.

While in Delhi, the delegation will also participate in other activities and be taken on a guided tour of the Sharda University world class campuses, 1200 beds super specialty Sharda Hospital and other facilities. The Sharda University has provided three scholarships to the Amon C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and humanities. Off the three, one is fully funded Ph.D. program for five years while two are fifty percent sponsored master’s program for two years.

Besides, Chairperson of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Mr. Euriahs M. Togar is in the United States of America to participate in a Month long Scholars Program organized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the State Department. While in the U.S. Mr. Togar will also represent Dr. Gray, Dean of the Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College at a two-day Seminar which focuses on Diplomacy. The seminar is organized by the Hinds Community College in Richmond, Mississippi State. The Hinds Community College and the Prof Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities have signed a milestone MoU which presents mutual academic benefits to both institutions.

Meanwhile, the Paris Graduate School in Paris, Republic of France last February awarded the Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities ten scholarships, one fully funded Five-year Ph.D. study program and nine scholarships for a Two-year Master’s Program which are fifty percent funded for the period of the duration of the studies. The scholarships were successfully secured by the Dean of the Prof. Amos C. Sawyer College after talks with the President of the Postgraduate School, Prof Dr. Akiki during his official trip to Paris, France last January.  Both institutions have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding which stands out to be a great benefits for the faculty and staffs of the Prof Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities. The Presidents of the two great institutions, Dr. Nelson and Dr. Akiki last January affixed their signatures to the MoU.

For the current academic year, the College has 258 faculty members of which 166(64%) represent part-time faculty and 92(36%) represent full-time faculty. Out of the 258 faculty members, male records 219(85%) while female faculty represents 39(15%). The faculty breakdown showed 19(7%) doctorate degree holders and 171 (67%) Master’s Degree holders, while 68(26%) Bachelor’s degree holders. During this current academic semester (1st semester 2021/2022) the College offers 597 course sections of which 468(78%) are taught the traditional face-to-face learning while 129 (22%) sections are taught online via Moodle platforms. Its contains 16 academic departments and units including ten degree granting departments and Six non-degree grating departments and units. The College

The College offers   Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree and Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) in several disciplines. The minimum credit hours needed for completion of a specialized degree program is 128. Students are voluntarily allowed to choose from the six academic departments to fulfill a 4-year Baccalaureate Degree Requirements to earn a BA and BSW degrees in English, French, Demography, Geography, Sociology, Social Work, History, Political Science, Communication, Media Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies and Criminology.

The College is the fourth oldest tertiary institution in Africa and Second in West Africa to be established. It was the first in the country to grant degrees and so far has produced the highest Undergraduates degree holders in the country since 1862.  By all accounts, the first group of students was seven, and were tested in Greek, Latin and Mathematics.

College has continued to evolve since 1862, when the Government of Liberia, 15 years after independence, authorized the establishment of a college. The nation, without over stating, indeed needed trained men and women to run its affairs. Many believed that a tertiary education institution could accomplish this objective.  It was this thinking that gave rise to the establishment of the College, with the first President of the country, Joseph J. Roberts becoming the first president of Liberia College. While five former President of Liberia have served as head of the college.

    Since 1862, the college has traditionally served students pursuing a full, four-year undergraduate bachelor’s degrees in the most exceedingly respected professional academic disciplines. The College assists students to stay in the institution and realize their full potential and pays close attention to the progression of students from admission to graduation. 

Liberia prides itself in having one of the oldest learning institutions not just on the African continent but in the world as well.  The Sawyer College, formerly Liberia College, is historically the fifth oldest College on the African Continent, and the oldest in the Republic of Liberia. The Prof Amos C. Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities has a global reputation and serves as the foundation of University of Liberia. The College was founded on an agenda of social responsibility to the Liberian Society and the world to provide educational access to the citizens and other nationals across the globe.

After almost a century, in 1951, the Sawyer College (formerly Liberia College) and William V. S. Tubman College of Education (formerly William V. S. Tubman Teachers’ College) merged to form the University of Liberia through the Trustees of Donations for Education in Liberia (TDEL) based in the United States of America.

. The College remains committed to empowering its students with requisite knowledge and practical skills vital to achieving personal and professional success in the changing local and global communities.  The campus is situated on a major highway and surrounded by friendly communities and is an interesting community of scholars and academics hosted under a single roof of the Academic Complex of the University of Liberia in Fendall.  It is just a place where anyone soon know every face and it’s the best place with a beautiful with access to the major highway. It sits at the heart of the University of Liberia campus in Louisiana, Montserrado County, few miles away from Monrovia.

It has been incredibly great how Liberia College responded and adapted to the adjustments needed due to the coronavirus. Not only has the College adapted to meeting the change in the learning environment caused by COVID-19 pandemic, but was able to maintain academic excellence in online teaching.


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