By: R. Joyclyn Wea
The United Methodist University (UMU) in collaboration with the United Nations Technology Bank for LDCs had concluded a three digital access to research (DAR ) workshop to build the capacity of students, faculty members and people in information technology.
The digital access is said to be a component of numerous projects, programs and activities under the technology Bank.
The workshop targeted over thirty-nine participants to be ambassadors for university in the area of information to research technology throughout their various communities and institutions of leaning.
The participants will also be empowered and checked-on by the UMU administration and partners to face challenges throughout the projects.
Remarking at the ceremony, Simmone Rose, Program Officer, UN Technology Bank said the program objective is to develop science and technology in forty-seven under-developed countries including Liberia.
Madam Rose asserted that the program is meant for countries with Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
She further mentioned that the ideal is to more or less raise awareness of the digital contact that is available to end-users and to as well provide access to information content.
“Research area in institutions of higher learning in Liberia is forgotten,” George Weagba, Vice President of Research UMU added.
According to him, research is given low attention in most universities in Liberia; as such he is happy that their partner had embarked on such activity across various universities in the country.
“These students will be our ambassadors to reach out to other students at various universities. We expect that right after this training, participants will start to share with colleagues all what they have learned during their three days stay.
Accordingly, Steve Brown- UN Country Focus Person for the program said this would bridge the gap between scientific literatures in Liberia.
Browne explained that participants were being acknowledged of the content and is able to use them as ambassadors for technology saying “being an under-developed country someone is paying for us to get such training as such it is upon us to share the message.”
“It is not only limited to Monrovia based, plans are underway to cover the entire fifteen counties by 2020.” TNR