Cuttington Gets Innovative for Academic Excellence, Sustainability

first_imgDr. C. Patrick BurrowesLike other institutions of higher education in Liberia, Cuttington University is facing serious financial challenges. To address these problems, the nation’s oldest private university has announced several major innovations.As noted by Dr. C. Patrick Burrowes, Cuttington’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs, “We have lots of challenges, but we cannot sit without finding solutions to them.“Working with our deans, faculty, and others at our Suakoko campus, we have decided to initiate several academic innovations. When these initiates are fully rolled out next academic year, we believe they will enhance the learning environment and help to address our financial challenges.”Burrowes is a seasoned academic who has worked at major American universities including Howard University and Pennsylvania State University.  He is the author of numerous Liberian history books and widely published in scholarly journals. He spent 30 years researching and writing his most recent book, Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea: A History of the Liberian People Before 1800.Dr. Burrowes added Cuttington University is in the process of launching three new centers for academic excellence. Dr. Burrowes further said the essence of the centers is to upscale the university’s revenue by conducting short-term training, data collection, measurement, and evaluation and applied research for government, funders and international organizations.Already launched is the Center for Innovative Food Systems, which will address shortages in food storage, packaging and value-addition that are contributing to malnutrition and food insecurity.The center, according to Dr. Burrowes is headed by veteran agriculturist Stanford Peabody.“Two other centers will be soon follow,” he said. “One will focus on education and the other on health and human development.”Another innovation the university is undertaking, according to Dr. Burrowes is to launch a comprehensive review of its undergraduate curriculum.“Instead of offering programs that are available at other universities, we want to make sure ours are unique and programs in line with the current manpower needs of Liberia. We also want to structure our curriculum so that students can complete short-term certificates on their way to earning their bachelor’s degree, “Dr. Burrowes added.Among other innovations, Dr. Burrowes said the University has implemented new record-keeping software in its Admissions and Records Office, Burrowes said.“The new system allows students to register online without coming to campus. It will also reduce the number of steps required for registration and speed up the registration process,” he added.Upon joining Cuttington in December 2018, Dr. Burrowes quickly recruited two popular young scholars to join the University’s distinguished faculty. They include Hawa Jande Golakai, an award-winning novelist and short-story writer, who has regularly featured at several international book festivals; and Othniel Forte, founder of the monthly literary event called Monrovia Reads and Forte Publishing Company. Forte now works with the institution as research warden and Golakai teaches English and literature.“Hiring Golakai and Forte created quite a buzz. So, I am now getting calls from other scholars who want to join us. Stay tuned for news of other exciting hires.To address declining revenue, Dr. Burrowes said that Cuttington is pursuing closer working relationships with government ministries and agencies to help with data collection, short-term training of employees, facilities for conferences and outreach to rural communities, especially farmers.“Right now, we want mutually beneficial partnerships, not handouts,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Burrowes has urged members of the legislature to help Cuttington meet it nation’s goals through adequate budgetary allocation.“The gap in higher education between Monrovia and the rest of the country is widening. With help from our legislators, we can help to close that gap. We are Liberia’s only university that is truly national in scope, with campuses in Suakoko, Kakata, and Monrovia. Our Bong County campus is near the center of the country,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Burrowes has disclosed that he start the implementation of a weekly movie night and a lecture series that have both proven popular with students.“Lecturers so far have included Swedish Ambassador Ingrid Witterqvist, who spoke on her country’s feminist foreign policy, and Dr. Dougbeh Nyan, Liberian research scientist and inventor,” Dr. Burrowes said. “On May 15, internationally renowned Liberian scholar Robtel Pailey will speak on citizenship in Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African entrepreneurs talk about Forbes Africa 30 list

first_imgDuring its annual developer conference, global giant Facebook featured numerous African inventers. They were among those who created new products and features for the online social media platform.The F8 Conference, as it is known, took place over two days in April in San Francisco. A range of new products, tools and interactive demos were featured, and a host of speakers attended to assist developers build, grow and monetise their apps.“We believe that local entrepreneurs and developers will be the ones to meet the needs of their immediate community, and we are working with developers to know how we can support them in doing so,” said Emeka Afigbo, a manager at Facebook.“We are listening to our developer partners in Africa, and the strong showing for F8 is a reflection of our commitment to doing more with our partners across the continent to help them build products and businesses.”See the conference highlights:The following apps, created by African developers, were launched at the conference:Afrinolly (Entertainment, Nigeria)Gumtree South Africa (Classifieds, South Africa)Vzikoko (Entertainment, Nigeria)Jobberman (Jobs, Nigeria/Ghana)The Net (Entertainment, Nigeria)My Music (Media, Nigeria)Smaller F8 gatherings were also hosted in Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town and Morocco, where participants watched the sessions as they took place in San Francisco.Three young Malawians won a developer challenge. Walter Moyo, Thandie Magasa and Daniel Mvalo created Maternitech, an app that provides an educationalplatform to reduce the pregnancy rate in girls under the age of 18.Watch this interview with the three Malawian developers:The Talk to Me app was created by 10-year-old Panashe Jere, who learned to code at a Coding for Kids session at the Malawi hub. “This app converts input text into voice so children always have someone to talk to,” said Facebook.Users on the platformAs of June 2014, reported Facebook, there were 100 million people arriving on the platform every month across the African continent, with over 80% on mobile.Compared to the US and Europe, there are a billion more people in Africa using Facebook on mobile devices. (Image: Facebook for Business)South reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa Plays its Part for further education

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 16 January 2014 – Brand South Africa will on Friday this week award bursaries to two students from the Lekoa Shandu Secondary School in Sharpeville to further their studies in marketing and communications at the North West University.The students are Thandeka Dlamini and Palesa Mphache and were amongst the Class of 2013 top performers at the school.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “Brand South Africa is delighted to play its part in supporting the further education of two students who have played their part to qualify for further education opportunities.  We congratulate them on their outstanding matric results and wish them well as they enter another phase of their lives – tertiary education.”“We look forward to their contribution to our country and its development once they have completed their studies.  We urge the Class of 2014 to remain committed to preparing for their final examinations at the end of the year so that they too can access further education and training opportunities,” concluded Mr Matola.Media are invited to attend as follows:Date   :      Friday, 17 January 2014Venue :      Lekoa – Shandu Secondary School, Sharpeville(See map and location documents attached or visit )Time  :      09h00 – 10h30RSVP   :    Fikile MakhobaEmail: [email protected]: 082 404 4856Programme for Brand SA Bursary AwardProgramme Director: Mr K. I. MokoenaOpening prayerPastor M.J. RamotaleWelcomeMrs M.A. RasegoeleDistrict RepresentativeMr E.M. Sinxezi (IDSO)Former MatriculantMr Thabo MajakeIntroduction of guestsMs M.M MogotsiOffice of the PresidentBursary AwardsBrand SAAcknowledgement of bursariesMr M. LchokoVote of thanksMr NgaloNote to editorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa  @Brand_SA( us how you Play Your Part[email protected]#DoBest  For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Fikile MakhobaEmail: [email protected]: 071 155 9192Email: [email protected] Endslast_img read more

Creation Celebration Inspiration

first_img SharePrint RelatedCache Carnival: FAQsFebruary 19, 2019In “Community”Cache Carnival festivities from around the worldApril 30, 2019In “Community”Introducing Creation Celebration EventsFebruary 19, 2019In “Community” Cache Carnival and the Creation Celebration event series are less than two weeks out!Still thinking about hosting a Creation Celebration? It’s time to dust off your costumes, gather your TOTT (tools of the trade), and get ready to celebrate cache creation and quality!Check out these tips and tricks for taking your Creation Celebration to the next level.1. Plan ahead.The best geocaches are not just thrown together willy-nilly. They take time, love, and careful planning. The same applies for a successful Creation Celebration.Do you need to make reservations for a venue? Do your guests need to bring their own supplies or gear? Ask yourself: How many people are you expecting and what activities have you planned? A room at your local library may be a great location for a guideline workshop, but may not be suitable to build birdhouse caches with power tools.Keep in mind that you have to submit your Geocaching Event at least 14 days prior to your Creation Celebration, which means that Saturday, March 30th is the last chance for your online submission. You will also want to submit your Event via this online form as soon as it is published.2. Collaborate.Geocaches are a gift to the community. Creation Celebrations are a chance to come together and celebrate the cache owners that took you to that special spot, had you hooked with that amazing puzzle, or stunned you with that crafty gadget cache.Check the List of official Creation Celebrations near you to see if there is a published Event in your area. If there is already an Event, be a team player! Try reaching out to the event host and offer your help in planning the event. Teamwork makes the dream work!3. Educate and inspire.Are you an accomplished cache owner? Do you have a special set of skills that come in handy when caching? This is your chance to share your abilities, passion, and creativity with your local community. Whether you are an avid climber, have mad crafting skills, or a big puzzle brain, incorporate a class or workshop into your Creation Celebration and show others how you implemented your best creations. Why not build a new gadget cache, develop a new puzzle together, or partner with your local climbing gym to safely teach technical climbing?Are you intimately familiar with the geocache hiding guidelines? Teach the dos and don’ts of hiding a geocache! Imagine if your guests walked out of your event inspired and educated to hide their own awesome cache. Maybe your Event opened up a whole new style of caching to them. Imagine all of the cool, new geocaches to find!4. Share epic adventures.Do you enjoy sharing stories of your latest epic geocaching adventure? Make your Creation Celebration a platform where geocachers share their most memorable moments and favorite caches. Whether it was a big hike, a special milestone, or your first ever find, your story just might inspire a fellow cacher’s next adventure.We hope that these tips will help you to spread your passion and creativity, inspire a new generation of awesome hiders, honor your favorite cache owners, and (hold nothing back to) make your Event the very best Creation Celebration ever.A few reminders: Eligible dates: March 25 – April 14Don’t forget to submit your Event to HQ after it has been published by a reviewer. Events that are not approved by HQ will not qualify for a souvenir.You can check to see if your Event or an Event you are attending has been officially approved here.Share photos and stories from your event with us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using #cachecarnival.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more