The United Methodist University of Liberia (UMU) and OST – Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences on February 15, 2022, begin the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will make the two institutions to collaborate in providing educational services that will benefit their people. Signing on behalf of UMU, Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono said she was excited to see the two institutions work together for the common good of humanity especially the academic community of their respective countries. “I can’t wait to see students and faculty of the two universities working together academically,” she asserted. Dr. Gonway-Gono pointed out that her dream of linking the United Methodist University of Liberia with reputable international universities is now gaining momentum.
“Through this partnership we will ensure that the sciences are not just studed in Liberia, but that they will be applied to the daily lives of our people as it is done in Switzerland,” She stressed. The UMU President said she will deploy the services of the two Liberian students who have benefited from the OST – Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences to attract other young people to the applied sciences. This partnership will provide hope for Liberian students especially those at the United Methodist University of Liberia,” Dr. Gonway-Gono concluded.
For his part, the liaison of OST – Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Felix F. Walz, said partnering with the United Methodist University of Liberia, is one great way that Switzerland is going to help Liberia. “When these two institutions operate positively, the benefit will be a greater collaboration for both countries and its people,” Walz added. He indicated that in his search for collaborating partner institutions, the United Methodist University of Liberia presented a perfect opportunity for Eastern Switzerland University to launch their platform for Applied Sciences. “I am glad I met the administration of the UMU who accepted this partnership,” he stressed.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two universities agree to encourage the development of teaching staff and the support of the academic capacity of UMU through exchange of information. “International, cross country students’ projects such as supporting thesis project work or training programs for students will be our focus,” the MoU noted. The universities pointed out through the MoU that there will be organization of joint research on applied science projects that will also focus on the fundamental improvements of the human conditions of the two countries.
Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono, President of the United Methodist University of Liberia and Rev. Dr. George K. Weagba, Vice President for Institutional Research signed and witnessed for the UMU while it is expected that Prof. Dr. Daniel Seelhofer, President of the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST) and Prof. Isabelle Zulauf-Poli, Head of International Relations will sign and witness for their institution.