The United Methodist University (UMU) Graduate School and Mwetana Consulting and Technology Group on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 launched an online registration for the students through a web-based system known as SchooLink. “This system will make operations easier and curtails corruption that exists in many of Liberia’s institutions, especially institutions of higher learning,” Dr. Albert D. Coleman, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the UMU said.
The UMU academic administrator indicated that the online registration program will improve academic excellence at UMU, adding, “you all know that when there is change there will be lot of resistance and so we are still moving forward and we will not let anyone deter us.” He pointed out that because UMU wants to make a difference by improving education through technology, those who believe in the “old way” were going to do everything possible to obstruct this technology.
For her part, the dean of the graduate school, Rev. Dr. Yatta R. Young said removing the huddle that students faced during
registration at the UMU was the main reason for launching SchooLink. “I have gone to schools in places where you don’t have to struggle to register and I think we can do the same here at United Methodist University,” Dr. Young said. She noted that students of the Bishop Innis School of Theology which is pilot testing this software, can now plan their courses while they are on vacation. “This the 21st Century, we need to do our best here at UMU to catch up with the rest of the world,” she asserted.
Commenting, Vivien C. Jones, chief executive officer and president of Mwetana said the new system will streamline all registration, grading, and financial processes involved when students are planning their courses for each semester. He also said SchooLink is a secured online browser-based system which will be accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “This system is intended to help universities manage their administrative functions from pre-admission through graduation,” he emphasized.
The CEO said the Schoolink platform is divided into several modules; Pre-Admission, Admission, Student, Parent/Sponsor, Courses, Faculty, Accounting and Setup, adding “MWETANA SchooLink provides a user-friendly interface with secure login access for students, parents/sponsors, teachers, non-teaching staff and management personnel.” Jones concluded by saying the system is a secure web-based solution that aims to make educational and administrative tasks easier.
SchooLink is the second in the series of technology deployed at the Bishop Innis School of Theology (BIST). The school is already using power point presentation as its major tool for teaching and it is expected to launch the e-reader project which is sponsored by the Discipleship Ministries and General Board of High Education and Ministries of the United Methodist Church at the school. BIST is the graduate school of the United Methodist University of Liberia.
Reporting and photos by E. Julu Swen.