North Carolina Central University students have arrived in Liberia as part of efforts to support the Government of Liberia development process and reforms.
As students with extensive professional experience, the 9 members’ majority of who are females of the Executive Masters of Public Administration program bring rich perspective on public service to the classroom at North Carolina Central University.
A trip together to Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa for short-term placements in the Liberian Civil Service Agency and other Ministries will give them an outstanding comparative look at international public administration.
The students arrived May 13 and will be placed immediately at various Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) of the Government of Liberia beginning May 16.
“I must convey our excitement about NCCU’s continuous partnership through the MOU with the Civil Service Agency since 2007. On the behalf of the Public Administration Program at North Carolina Central University I would like to congratulate the Civil Service Agency (CSA) for being a great host of the Executive Master in Public Administration internship program for eleven (11) years.
Since the beginning of this program the CSA team has been robust and purposeful in advancing the essence of public administration from a global and comparative perspective. To this end, I congratulate and celebrate “us” for commencing the CSA-NCCU Executive Internship Program for the eleventh year.
It is really a reflection of the sound work between the Republic of Liberia, CSA and the North Carolina Central University representing the United States of America through International education linkages such as the annual internship of our students with various agencies under the CSA” says Dr. Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor, Chair, Department of Political Science, NCCU”.
In order to promote future cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of Liberia, the two institutions: Civil Service Agency (CSA) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) endeavor to cooperate in education and research in areas of mutual respect.
To the extent feasible, both institutions encouraged direct contacts and cooperation in facilitating and internship for the NCCU Executive Masters in Public Administration students at the Civil Service Agency.
“We are excited once again to meet and interact with students and faculty members of NCCU. We look forward to share notes on our experiences and various ministries and agencies where they would be assigned” says Claudius Broderick, Director of Career Development and Management, Civil Service Agency.
For his part, the Chair, Dr. Emmanuel Oritsejafor says, “the Public Administration program at NCCU uses this global experience to help students understand the practice and theory of public administration through a close partnership with leaders in the Liberian government.
Accompanied also by the Director of the Executive Master’s of Public Administration (EMPA) program Dr. Larrisha McGill-Youngblood the students upon arrival in Liberia would be oriented to the city of Monrovia, and placed in nine different agencies and organizations, including the Ministries for Justice, Health, JFK Hospital, CSA and the President's Young Professional Program - PYPP. Students are placed in offices related to their expertise.
By: Robert Hynes