By

Munda Rogers

Senior Assistant PRO, University of Sierra Leone

 

The Department of Engineering and Architecture Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in collaboration with the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands  has officially commenced a six weeks training programme for entrepreneurial University Transformation targeting engineers and  other stakeholders in the University.

The objectives of the training programme is to strengthen entrepreneurship in the country, increase participants knowledge and understanding of enterpreneurial Universities and also provide tools for assessment and prepare plans towards enhancing entrepreneurship in the University.

Professor Kelleh G. Mansaray Dean Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

In his opening remarks, the Dean Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Professor Kelleh G. Mansaray said the decision to train trainers in entrepreneurship is timely since the Faculty recently has reviewed its undergraduate programme to integrate a course in innovation and Entrepreneurship for all Engineering students. Professor Mansaray pointed out that the Faculty identified the need to re – orientate the mind of prospective graduates to consider engaging in entrepreneurship activities in a bid to create jobs for themselves and others instead of depending on the highly flooded job market adding that the course has been included in the university’s five year strategic plan.

In his statement, the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sierra Leone, Professor Foday Sahr expressed his delight for the brilliant and timely move by the Faculty stating that such programmes clearly falls within the university’s mission and aspirations. He said that the training of trainers in enterpreneurship University Transformation is an innovative milestone noting that his administration’s approach to ensuring that the acquisition of University qualification and knowledge should be geared towards addressing the needs and expectations of society.

Professor Foday Sahr Vice Chancellor and Principal University of Sierra Leone making a statement

He reiterated, at no point in time has collaboration become more crucial than now when almost every day, we are faced with challenges that require collaboration in order to be able to adequately respond effectively to such challenges. He further pointed out that experience has shown that no institution or entity can successfully achieve its objectives and reach its goals without a collaborative approach. He assured the sponsors and facilitators of the training that the University greatly appreciates their efforts and that the purpose for which the project is tailored will not go in vain. He assured them about the desired results whereby youth capacity building would be enhanced to become more productive and better placed to take on key roles and responsibilities in entrepreneurship and positively impact society as a whole.

Participants at the training workshop and senior USL officers at the opening session pose for a group photograph

The training was sponsored through the NUFFIC Orange Knowledge Grant of the Netherlands government.