The Korean Ambassador to Liberia, Noh Kyu-Duk, says priorities in to education especially in science and technology can sour economic development here.
He said this was the road map his native Korea, a country that invested substantially in education after its civil war in 1953. Speaking at the commencement ceremony of the Science College at the University of Liberia 96th graduation program, Amb. Kyu-Duk admonished the graduates to develop a plan of action to achieve their goals.
“You will never be too late do anything; forget too much entertainment and don’t enjoy laziness, but focus on what you can do to improve yourselves,” he told the 189 graduates of the Science and Technology College.
Similarly, Ms. Anita Tarplah, the valedictorian of the 2015 graduating class of the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science and Technology and also the valedictorian of all 2015 undergraduate students of the University of Liberia, urged her fellow graduates to civically engaged, rather than focus on egoistic ideals, prestige, or ambitions of splendor.
“As we move into tomorrow, let us hold fast to the words of Frederick Douglass, remembering that “If there is no struggle, there is no progress, and that progress is in our community, in our country, in our world which can only happen when bright minds like us adopt to become involved,” Ms. Anita Taplah said.
She attributed her success to faith and hard work, adding, “My own education has been blended in faith and hard work. It is not modest as has been mentioned by some critics.”
She emphasized that an effective generation requires the compressive education to make some strong predictions about the future, and recommended that the Government of Liberia make the salary and benefits of hardworking professors attractive so as to enable other professors in the Diaspora to join the profession to impact knowledge into the student populace of Liberia.
For her part, the Dean of the Science College, Dr. Ophelia Weeks recounted the numerous demonstrations that resulted in the closure of the college for two months, threats by Geology students that put faculty safety into question, the Ebola epidemic that ultimately resulted to the closure of the school for six months.
“We are a resilient family, and thing are getting better,” Dean Weeks said. “Our silver lining in light of these challenges—is that on December 10, 2015, 51 women and 138 men…189 students will become alumni of UL’s T.J.R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology, and we are proud of them.”-Press release