University Signs Agreement with the University
April 29: At the end of two days of successful
meetings, University of Liberia President,
Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, signed an Agreement
of Friendship and Cooperation with Indiana
University President Adam Herbert.
Dr. Patrick O'Meara, Dean, Indiana University
International Programs, congratulates Dr.
Al-Hassan Conteh, President of the University
of Liberia on the signing of an Agreement
of Friendship and Cooperation between the
Patrick O'Meara, Dean of the Office of International
Programs at Indiana University, represented
President Herbert for the signing ceremony
attended by top University administrators
at the Indiana Memorial Union.
O'Meara said the agreement would facilitate
an exchange of teaching, research, personnel,
students, as well as books and reference
materials between the two institutions.
Conteh and the Senior Program Coordinator
of the University of Liberia, Ms. Sedia
Massaquoi-Bangoura, visited the Bloomington
Campus of Indiana University April 27th
and 28th to make the case for rebuilding
the University of Liberia.
University of Liberia has been damaged by
more than a decade of fighting and plunder
in Liberia. Faculty brain-drain and extensive
looting of the institution's facilities
and physical plant has disrupted its teaching
and research activities.
the advent of peace in Liberia, following
an ongoing intervention by the largest UN
peacekeeping mission in the world, Dr. Conteh
and his faculty and staff are convinced
that the time is ripe to resume the training
of Liberian doctors, agriculturists, teachers
and lawyers to contribute to the reconstruction
University has a long relationship with
Liberia, dating at least back to the 1930s.
Its research scholars, including the late
Professor Gus Liebenow and his surviving
wife, Beverly, Drs. Ruth and Verlon Stone,
Dr. Claude Clegg, and Dr. A.B. Assensoh
have worked in Liberia at various times
and published many books and articles on
Amos Sawyer, the former President of Liberia's
Interim Government of National Unity, is
now Research Scholar and Associate Director
at Indiana University's Workshop
in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.