The University of Liberia has begun an “Automated Registration” (e-Portal) at the University of Liberia. The launching of the system which was done by the President of Liberia, George M. Weah on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the auditorium of the Administrative Complex of the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia is about to bring great relief to both students and the administration of the University.
It can be recalled that over the past decades, series of riots, centered on poor registration procedures, have taken place at the Capitol Hill and Fendell Campuses of the University of Liberia. Key among those riots brought about the dismissal of the former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Mrs. Wedea Elliot Brownell and the subsequent expulsion of the then students’ activist, now Assistant Minister for technical services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Alvin C. Wesseh.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, the Chief Technology Officer of MWETANA (The software firm that developed the automated registration system), Mr. Karl R. Smith noted that the automated registration project of the University was the greatest undertaking that his company has ever embarked on. Representing the CEO of MWETANA, Mr. Smith informed the audience that during the development of the system, his company was able to: register into their database the records of eighty thousand (80,000) students ranging from the undergraduate school, the graduate school and the schools of professional studies; record 6 million grade sheets; and enter the biodata of 16 thousand students. Mr. Smith, however, thanked the administration of the University of Liberia for the level of support they were given during the development of the system. Meanwhile, Mr. Smith turns over to the President of the University (Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks) the “Master Username” and “Master Password” of the system. For her part, Dr. Weeks ceremoniously turned over the Master Username and password to Dr. George M. Weah, President of Liberia.
Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, the President of the University of Liberia, during her remarks at the ceremony, praised President Weah for placing the University on number three (No.3) of his 150 days deliverable.
President Dr. George Manneh Weah, launching the system, outlined the necessity of digitizing the registration process of the University of Liberia. In his statements, Dr. Weah said, “Negotiation works better than demonstration”. President Weah further explained how he met the leadership of the University of Liberia Students Union (ULSU) in February of 2018 and discussed the need of a digital registration that would enhance the operation and smooth learning processes of the University.
Also speaking at the program was the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. William Ezra Allen. Dr. Allen, in his remarks, thanked the president of Liberia for prioritizing the smooth operation of the University. He, however, noted that the idea of having “an automated registration system was coined by the President of the University, Dr. Ophelia Weeks”. Dr. Weeks, according to Dr. Allen, in November 2017 constituted a team comprising of faculty members to investigate the cause of the delay in registration at the University and make requisite recommendations to enhance the process. The team worked and recommended to the President that it was essential to digitize the registration system. But the recommendation was table due to lack of funding until February 2018.
Reported by: William S. F. Cole