Vice Chancellor & Principal’s Report

to the Ministry of Technical & Higher Education

5th July 2019

“We are proud to be a striving institution and I thank our staff, students and partners for their ongoing support, commitment to our success and involvement in promoting education”

Professor Foday Sahr

I am pleased to report on our performance and achievements in the University of Sierra Leone for the period June 2018 to June 2019.

The past year was one of transformation and positive development for the University.  We reviewed our internal operations, reorganised the academic structures and agreed upon a functionally aligned service delivery model, all aimed at embedding excellence, further enhancing our teaching and research capabilities and offering a better students’ experience.

By the end of the year, the University had completed this significant and vital change process that brought about significant improvements. Amid the change, the University has continued to deliver on its vision and is proud of how much has been accomplished.

Below are highlights of some of the achievements.

  • Verified academic credentials of all senior and senior supporting staff with almost 90% of the process completed.
  • Developed a USL Strategic Plan for 2019-2023 setting priorities and focussing the University’s energy and resources towards strengthening its operations.
  • Reviewed existing policies and developed new ones to reflect governance of the University in the 21st century.
  • Verified all University assets countrywide and created of an Assets Register to track and effectively manage University assets.
  • Established and staffed three new Directorates (i.e. ICT, Human Resources, and Quality Assurance) to better support our staff and to ensure that policies and measures are in place through which the quality of academic provisions is maintained and developed.
  • Revamped the University website to effectively promote our brand, values, capabilities, expertise and activities and to provide information and services that are responsive to our internal user and business needs.
  • Undertaken Trademark registration of the USL name and logo and those of its constituent colleges, and also registered a USL Business Centre for the sale of USL academic regalia, memorabilia and other items. The Centre will be operated on a competitive basis like any other registered company.
  • Provided scholarships for faculty members to pursue M.Sc and PhD programmes in various institutions; reviewed curricula to meet the demands and challenges of the current Sierra Leonean society; increased engineering internship period; increased bedside teaching time for Medicine and Nursing programmes as well as Rural posting time. Also created of a ‘Research Basket’ at IPAM to encourage young faculty members to engage in research.
  • Established partnerships with London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (UK), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (Ghana) and Ahmadou Dieng University (Guinea) on a wide range of initiatives. An MOU for mutual cooperation between the Rep of S/L Armed Forces & USL was also signed.
  • Established a Clinic at IPAM for staff and students and employed a Senior Medical Officer, 3 Nurses and a Pharmacist to for the operations of the Clinic.
  • Carried out extensive rehabilitation of existing structures and erected new ones to provide better accommodation for staff and students.