MONROVIA – More than seventy-five students have emerged from the walls of BlueCrest University with degrees in information technology.
BlueCrest University is the first higher learning institution in Liberia to offer a BSC in Information Technology (IT).
As a guest speaker, Professor Edward Lama Wonkeryor, Ph.D. Director General of the National Commission on Higher Education highlighted the importance of information technology in today’s nation building and challenged graduates to use their learned skills to build Liberia.
Liberia’s higher education sector is undergoing transformation, he said. He explained that this suggests that achieving Liberia’s most expensive sustainable development requires quality and relevant higher education nationally, albeit in the global context.
He also said that the emergence and dominance of “technological supremacy” in the world does not leave Liberia in the open. He believes that as a member of the global community, Liberia is benefiting from the technological transformation that the world is experiencing, and thanks to BlueCrest University College and other institutions that are advancing this new world order in our dear country.
“At NCHE, we have focused on promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education as a way to not only ensure quality outcomes, but also enhance the relevance of outcomes in the higher education for effective nation building. Therefore, we encourage our accredited and accredited institutions to integrate information technology as a major course to strengthen the capacities of individuals and prepare them for the new world order.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is a well-known fact that technology is advancing dramatically in our daily life as a nation. The impact of IT is obvious on our daily socio-economic life. For example, many government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and businesses in Liberia now have IT sections to manage computers, networks, and other technical areas of concern. Every day we organize conferences and discussions through virtual means such as zooming, among others, on the Internet, not to mention the video chats that take place on our cell phones.
He added that architects, engineers, doctors, accountants and other professionals are now using technology to run their businesses. Most importantly, the education system has adopted an e-learning approach, using e-learning as a complementary medium to education.
He expressed his gratitude to all institutions involved in computer programs and encouraged others to join the effort, especially at the higher education level.
“Equally important, I think it’s important that stakeholders support higher education more, especially institutions offering computer science and other STEM programs. Higher education is expensive and we need to support our institutions as a means of achieving competitive results from their programs.
“For example, in a developing country like Liberia, there is a compelling need for technical, vocational and technological education at all levels to drive the national agenda and ensure its successful implementation for national prosperity and growth and sustained development. We emphasize the diversity of education for sustainable development in the context of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
As technology steadily advances in the nation-building process, he has encouraged higher education providers to integrate and focus on other areas to ensure a holistic and well-balanced development agenda for the country.
He also assured Liberians that NCHE is committed to working with all higher education institutions to transform the higher education sector for the benefit of our future generations.
“To the graduates, I say congratulations on your remarkable achievements! You have now all become enterprising actors in the project to rebuild democratic Liberia within the matrix of the free market economic system. I wish you all good luck in your future endeavors. “