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30 September 2021

UL, Sierra Leone Sign Landmark Agreement for Academic Improvement

Authorities of the University of Liberia and those of the University of Sierra Leone have reached a consensus through signing a memorandum of understanding to facilitate collaboration in research, grant application, students, faculty and staff exchanges, curricula enhancement, visiting lectureship and seminars, cultural exchanges, joint publication and study visits amongst others. Read more


31 August 2021

UNIMTECH Wins Tertiary Essay Competition in Sierra Leone 

Simeon Harding, a final year student in the department of Management information Systems at the University of Management and Technology (UNIMTECH) has emerged winner of an essay competition for tertiary institutions, organized by Grassroots Action for National Development (GRAND). Read more


31 July 2021

MPs Applaud Sierra Leone’s Universities Act 2021

Debating the 2021 Universities Act viewed as a long-awaited opportunity, Members of Parliament in Sierra Leone have unanimously applauded the bill and called it “injustice corrected” as it is something that the nation deserves and have long craved for only to have it now. Read more

Sierra Leone’s Eastern Polytechnic Prepares for University Status

As part of preparations for its proposed university status by October 2021, the Eastern Polytechnic has on the 23rd June 2021 conducted in-service training for academic and senior staff of the college in Kenema. Read more

University of Sierra Leone Upgrades System 

The University of Sierra Leone (USL) has in a press conference announced it move to ensure system structuring and upgrade in both academic and administrative processes in order to improve on the quality and performance of the University. Read more


30 June 2021

Funding Levels of Higher Education a Grave Concern

Hopes continue to linger in Sub-Saharan Africa that universities will produce the next generation of professionals such as engineers, medical personnel, teachers, business and public affairs managers to propel the economies the region aspires to have… Read more

University of Sierra Leone Re-engineering Academic and Administrative Processes

(USL) wishes to inform the press and the general   public about its interventions to re-engineer strategic academic and administrative processes in order to improve on the performance of the University. Read more


31 May 2021

Prof. Samai Swearing in Address 2021

The total complement of health professionals, with the appropriate skills mix, needed to ameliorate the situation through provision of service and training of the right quality and quantity was lacking. Read more

Quality Assurance Efforts are a Catalyst for Change

As a sea of graduates, dressed in blue, paraded under a hot sun in a courtyard at the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone, anticipation, relief and excitement were palpable on every face. On their graduation day, 20 March, everyone was ready to celebrate the culmination of four years’ hard work. Read more

Reengineering the Systems of the University of Sierra Leone

The Collegiate Administrations (FBC, IPAM, and COMAHS & SPS) and the Secretariat have resolved on several strategic issues as part of the reengineering academic and administrative performance of the University. Read more

Science Fund Targets Agriculture Innovations in West Africa

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), one of Africa’s biggest science funds, is rolling out €2.7 million (about US$3.3 million) in grants for innovations in agriculture, targeted at universities and research institutions in West Africa. Read more

Sierra Leone’s Broken Education System will Take Generations to Fix

The president’s obsession with appointing ‘professors’ and ‘doctors (PhDs)’ has triggered a wave of suspect professors and doctors wishing to be named the next Minister of Sea and Sky. Read more

University of Sierra Leone on the Right Path

The Management of the University of Sierra Leone is mapping the way forward for an effective and efficient managerial framework. Read more


30 April 2021

Collaborative Learning Seminar with University of Makeni, Sierra Leone

The Department of International Development (DID) has a long-established relationship with the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) in Sierra Leone (initiated in Kimmage Development Studies Centre). Read more

School of Business Concludes Training of Trainers in Entrepreneurship…

The School of Business on Friday 16th April 2021 successfully concluded the ARUA EIMEC training of trainers in entrepreneurship and Innovation program.  The 12 day training brought about participants from universities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Nigeria. Read more


28 February 2021

Academic Staff Associations of Public Universities … Agree to Return to Work

Academic Staff Associations of Universities and Polytechnics have agreed to call off their strike actions and promised His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio that they will resume classes… Read more

Seven (7) Days Ultimatum for Reopening of College & Universities

In a letter dated 28th January, 2021 directed to the Minister of Technical and Higher Education, New England Ville, Freetown, Professor Alpha Wurie, the Sierra Leone Student’s Representative Council (SLSRC) gave a Seven (7) Days Ultimatum for the reopening of all universities and Colleges in the country. Read more


31 December 2020

Sierra Leone Tertiary Commission Clashes with Another Errant College 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is at loggerheads with yet another tertiary institution over accreditation. The TEC is accusing the management of the Professional Global Training Institute (PGTI)… Read more

UNESCO Addresses Societal Inequalities and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Nine Sub-Saharan African Cities

Moderated by Simona Bignami, Professor of Demography at the Université de Montréal, the webinar welcomed more than 100 participants from around the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the pandemic triggered severe economic and social contractions, magnifying the long-standing legacies of prejudice, injustice, and increasing inequalities of our societies. Read more


30 November 2020

Fate of over 300 Sierra Leone Varsity Students in Limbo 

The fate of over 300 Sierra Leoneans enrolled with the Africa Graduate University (AGU-SL) is on the balance, after the institution was ordered to shut down due to lack of accreditation. Read more


31 October 2020

Minister Launches Aqhed’s High-Leveltask Force for Tertiary Education Reform

The Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Prof Aiah Gbakima has launched the Assuring Quality Higher Education in Sierra Leone task force (AQHEd SL) in Freetown. Read more

New Biofilms Study Could Lead to a More Sustainable Water Industry

University of Sheffield engineers have identified a new way of managing biofilms – microbial layers that form inside drinking water pipes. Read more


30 September 2020

Sharing Life Skills in the Face of a Pandemic: Sierra Leone’s Teens in Action

When schools and colleges closed down because of the pandemic, I didn’t feel that good. Read more

We have a Responsibility to Invest in Our Healthcare System

Dr. Mamadu Baldeh is a 31-year-old medical officer attached to the Infectious Disease and Isolation Unit at the Connaught Hospital, University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital complex, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Read more


30 August 2020

ACC Concludes Investigation into Alleged Corruption…

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has completed investigating the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia, in Sierra Leone and the former Minister of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Dr. Minkailu Bah, for alleged Misappropriation of Public Property and Revenue… Read more

Pitfalls of Pioneering Education in Africa: The Case of Sierra Leone

AS an international institution of higher education, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology faces challenges that are beyond one’s normal expectation. Read more


31 July 2020

Merck Foundation Makes History by Training the First African Embryologists

Merck Foundation makes history by training the first African Embryologists and Fertility Experts in many countries such as; The Gambia, Burundi, Guinea, Chad, Niger, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Read more

Universities & Colleges to Recommence 2nd Semester on 25th July 2020

The Ministry of Technical and Higher Education on the 22nd July 2020 through a Public Notice is informing members of the public that it will recommence the Second Semester 2019/20 Academic Session for Higher and Technical Education Institutions across the country. Read more


31 May 2020

DVC Njala Campus Spurs Njala University COVID -19 Taskforce

Professor Bashiru Koroma, Deputy Vice Chancellor,Njala Campus has spurred the Njala University COVID-19 Taskforce to work efficiently with the limited resources from the University to secure the immediate communities and the University environs against COVID-19. Read more

Njala and DSTI Partner with IBM to Provide Digital Skills Training in Sierra Leone…

As part of its preparedness to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to continue teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, Njala University (NU) and the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) have partnered with IBM… Read more

Njala Launch Moodle Platform for E-Learning

Njala University (NU or simply Njala) has deployed Moodle platform (including Moodle mobile app) to provide online course delivery across the University. Students and faculty can use moodle mobile app to access Njala University online Course Delivery Platform. Read more


30 April 2020

“Education is the Universal Key” Says H.E Fatima Maada Bio

Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio, the First Lady of Sierra Leone, made these remarks as she delivered a public lecture at the University of The Gambia. Read more

Njala University to Benefit from USD 4.5 Million ADB Agribusiness…

Njala University is set to benefit from an Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Project dubbed ‘Empowering the Novel-AgriBusiness-Led Empowerment (ENABLE)’ sponsored by the African Development Bank. Read more


31 March 2020

COVID-19 Forces Early Closure of Schools

The Government of Sierra Leone has asked all educational institutions/centers in the country to round up their exams by 31st March 2020. Read more

“Education is the Universal Key” says H.E Fatima Maada Bio

Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio, the First Lady of Sierra Leone, made these remarks as she delivered a public lecture at the University of The Gambia. Read more

Ministry of Technical and Higher Education

Government of Sierra Leone, through the Ministries of Technical & Higher Education and Basic & Senior Secondary Education, has decided to close all educational institutions on March 31 2020 as part of measures in the fight against Corona Virus. Read more


29 February 2020

Construction of Students’ Hostel

A team of engineers from NASSIT and State House headed by Engineer Abdul Njai, has held fruitful deliberations for the construction of an ultra-modern students’ hostel at the office of the Campus Superintendent, Dr. Rashid Ansumana. Read more

Sustainable Power Solution for Njala

A high powered delegation comprising Engineers from African Union-New Economic Partnership for African Development (AU-NEPAD), Representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Technical and Higher Education among others, have concluded feasibility studies… Read more


30 November 2019

Expanding Education: From Africa to Cambridge and Back Again

Mgcini “Keith” Phuthi ’19, a native Zimbabwean, uses his experiences at MIT to develop improvements in education policy in Sierra Leone through MISTI-Africa. Read more


31 October 2019

Higher Education Ministry Requests Over Le247bn

The Ministry of Technical and Higher Education has presented a budget of Le247.4billion to implement planned activities for the 2020 financial year to promote quality access to tertiary and vocational education through appropriate policies and legislations. Read more

Regional Professionals in Energy Share Practices in Renewable Energy to Overcome Energy Challenge

Experts in Public, Private, Academic institutions and researchers from Rwanda and the region have started five-day training in Power Engineering | Microgrid and Smartgrid. Read more

Sierra Leone’s ‘Smart Country’ Ambition

DSTI also set up Sierra Leone’s first robotics research division backed by Yale University. Sengeh’s team says this is to “support decision making through an evidence-based and data-driven process.” Read more


31 July 2019

Farmer-Led Research Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance Wins Antibiotic Guardian Awards

The fourth inaugural awards, hosted by the Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss and run by Public Health England, were attended by leaders in human and veterinary medicine and the agricultural industries from the UK and around the world, including entries from Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Spain. Read more

Making High-Quality Education Accessible to All

Researchers and educators gather at MIT to discuss how to meet the educational needs of a new learning society. Read more


31 May 2019

Pay your College Fees – Bribe Lecturers to Mark Your Exam Papers – and Still Get no Result

Imagine a situation where you enrolled at a college to study, and at the end of the year you take your exams. Months after completing your studies, the college fails to give you your results. Read more


30 April 2019

Sierra Leone Develops New National Technical Vocational Training Policy

Minister of Tertiary and Higher Education – Professor Aiah Gbakima, said at a press yesterday that his ministry is a new national policy for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Read more


28 February 2019

The Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of USL, Professor Brigadier-General Foday Sahr Delivering his Speech at Congregation

The University of Sierra Leone has a long history of academic excellence dating as far back as 1827 when Fourah Bay College was established. Originally intended as an Anglican missionary school to train teachers in the promotion of education and Christianity, it became a degree granting institution in 1876, when it became affiliated with Durham University in England.   Read more


31 January 2019

Njala Partners with the Regional Songhai Centre

Njala University, Sierra Leone, partners with the Regional Songhai Centre in the Republic Benin to replicate the Songhai Model in Sierra Leone. Read more

NU and AfDB Hold Consultative Meeting

The African Development Bank (AfDB) hold a Consultative meeting with Njala University (NU) on the Sierra Leone Agro-Industry and rice value chain project. Read more

UNIMAK Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

On the 5th December 2018 a team from the University of Makeni headed by the Vice Chancellor travelled to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Read more


30 November 2018

Future-Proofing Higher Education Starts with Reinventing the College Degree

The speed at which technology is changing has created a reality where we have to rethink our education system. The impact that rapidly changing technology is having on the workforce and economy cannot be ignored, and we must come to terms with the fact that we need to be continually learning and refreshing our skills in order to stay relevant. Read more


30 September 2018

Sierra Leone Makes Schools Free but Scraps University Subsidies

Sierra Leone has launched a public awareness campaign to inform people about its free education programme due to start in September. Read more

31 August 2018

Education is an Investment for Human and Economic Development – Says President Bio

After just five months of being elected president of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio has today transformed his flagship manifesto pledge into reality. He has launched his ‘Free Quality School Education Programme (FQSEP)’. Read more

Sierra Leone Free Education Programme – ‘My Scholars Need Quality Education’

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. Read more

UNIMAK welcomes 34 Guinean students

Thirty-four Guinean students from King Mo Roi the 6th University arrived at the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) on the 5 August 2018 to improve their English writing, reading and spoken English. Read more

30 June 2018

Sierra Leone Military Establishes Technical and Education College

Sierra Leone’s economic recovery is far too reliant on the mining industry, especially iron ore export, which in the last six years has experienced serious turbulence, as a result of the 2014 Ebola outbreak and global economic downturn. Read more

Sierra Leone: President Bio Promises to Introduce Students’ Loan Scheme

His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has said his government will introduce the students’ loan scheme that will provide loans facilities to deserving students to access higher education across the country. Read more

Why Nations Fail – Sierra Leone on My Mind

Co-authored by the M.I.T economist Daron Acemoglu and the Harvard political scientist James A Robinson, “Why Nations Fail” argues that the key difference between countries is “institutions”. Read more

31 May 2018

Njala students on strike

Students in the School of Community and Health Sciences formerly called Paramedical at Njala University, Kowama Campus, have staged a peaceful protest to express their anger over what they described as a poor learning environment. Read more

15 March 2017

“Unlocking the Potential of Education for Our Children Is Critical”

Minister of Trade and Industry, who also doubles as the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party Western Regional Chairman, retired Captain Allieu Pat-Sowe, has noted that unlocking the potential of education for children would be critical in enhancing national development. Read more

31 October 2016

46 New Doctors Congregate Among Graduates

Forty-six newly-graduated medical doctors stood on stage at the newly renovated, Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre on Mount Aureol, Fourah Bay College. Read more

15 September 2016


The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has painted a gloomy picture about Sierra Leone’s future in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4 –ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Read more

George Town University Atones for Selling 272 slaves to pay off a debt in 1838

Georgetown University is confronting its troubling ties to the slave trade, by making a monumental change to the school’s admissions process. Read more

Sierra Leonean Students Arrive in China to Pursue PhD, Masters Degrees

China, through the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) has admitted forty-nine (49) deserving Sierra Leonean students into various universities for the 2016/2017 academic year. Read more

31 August 2016

10 Universities/Tertiary Institutions to Get Free Internet

A $500,000 free internet connection was unveiled by the Bank for Universities, Colleges and Schools to further emphasise the importance of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and its effect on education. Read more

49 Sierra Leonean students to leave for China for higher education

The Sino-Sierra Leonean Alumni Association (SISLAA) held an orientation ceremony for 49 Sierra Leonean students who will be leaving for China to pursue their further studies. Read more

31 July 2016

Prof. Abdullah Refutes ‘Insubordination’ Claim

Professor Dr Ibrahim Abdullah has refuted claims of insubordination levied against him by the University of Sierra Leone. Read more

SSLAA Appeals for More Scholarships

As they join the China Embassy and Government of Sierra Leone to celebrate the 45th anniversary of bilateral relationship, President of the Sino-Sierra Leone Alumni Association (SSLAA) has appealed to the Chinese Government to increase the quota of academic scholarship awards and re -consider awarding them to candidates through individual institutions rather than through the Government of Sierra Leone, so as to ensure ease of access to all and sundry. Read more

15 April 2016

The Trials of Running Universities in Sierra Leone

When he needs new books to teach one of his courses, Professor Ibrahim Abdullah orders at least two from abroad: one for himself, one to give to the university library. If he needs scholarly articles, he writes to his friends overseas and asks them to send copies, since the university cannot afford journal subscriptions. Read more

1 April 2016

Milton Margai College Observes Graduation Ceremony

A plentiful number of educators, diplomats, politicians and the local populace converged at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) to witness the convocation ceremony of graduating students. Read more

The War Against Academic Freedom: FBC and the Case of Prof. Ibrahim Abdullah

Fourah Bay College (FBC), a constituent college of the University of Sierra Leone, has reached the breaking point. Read more

29 February 2016

Schools & Teachers to Be Approved in Kenema District

The Minister of Education Science and Technology (MEST), has called on all and sundry to be patient as the government will soon approve teachers and schools in Kenema district. Read more

November 2015

President Koroma Turns Sod For Police Academy In Bombal The President has pledged his total support and commitment for the construction of the Sierra Leone Police Peacekeeping and Law Enforcement Academy. Read more

University at Heart of Ebola Battle Badly Hit By Deaths As life returns to normal in Sierra Leone following the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the country free of Ebola, it is emerging that one of its universities – which produces the bulk of the country’s health workers – has been badly hit by the loss of key staff. Read more

WAIFEM Trains 30 NRA Staff The West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) has commenced a weeklong training programme on report writing skills and presentation techniques for 30 NRA staff. Read more

October 2015

Crown Technical College ‘to Build Middle Manpower’ The Executive Director of Crown Technical University College (CTUC) has said that they are in the country ‘to build middle manpower capacity for national development’. Read more

August 2015

Crown Technical College ‘To Build Middle Manpower’ The Executive Director of Crown Technical University College (CTUC) has said that they are in the country ‘to build middle manpower capacity for national development’. Read more

July 2015

Milton Margai College Principal Vows to End Cultism The Principal, spoke about the unfortunate increase in cultism and fraternity on campus in addition to money, negotiation and sex for grades. Read more

Tertiary Institutions Engaged on Right to Access Education The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone engaged Heads of Tertiary Educational Institutions on the Right to Access Education. Read more


June 2015

Sierra Leonean Intellectual Engages National Coalition of Independent Scholars Conference A group of independent scholars from different disciplines gathered at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut for a three-day conference from June 18 -21 to discuss how technological innovations and digital media have changed scholarly communications, publishing and how information is shared, stored and made available to the public. Read more


MAY 2015

Does Vocational Education Count? Imagine you having to use your meager resources to send your child to school to help him or her attain the necessary knowledge to break the cycle of poverty in your family. Now imagine this child who symbolizes all your hopes and dreams for the future having to drop out of school and not being able to attend university because you could not afford to pay the required fees. Read more


March 2015

Technical and Vocational Education – Key to Sierra Leone Development The design of Sierra Leone’s educational system is flawed. The neglect of technical and vocational education is an obstacle to national development. Not everyone needs a university education. In Sierra Leone, technical and vocational degrees are regarded as inferior to regular academic degrees. Read more

The Political Career and Education of Samuel Sam-Sumana and the Diploma Mill Scandal In future, any government that comes to power should set up a commission to investigate all foreign credentials presented to the government for employment. Read more



Academic Consultants Engaged for Police Academy The Sierra Leone police has signed a contract with a team of academics to provide curriculum development and course work planning for the proposed Sierra Leone Law Enforcement Academy. Read more



Ukraine Offers Higher Educational Standards for Africa A one-day conference was organized to discuss potential opportunities Ukraine offers in terms of quality and affordable European education. Read more

Salone Gets New Technical University A new programme focuses on manpower development in the country. Read more

Fourah Bay College (FBC) Campus Rehabilitation Agreement Signed The government, through the University of Sierra Leone, signed an agreement for the rehabilitation of the Fourah Bay College (FBC) campus. Read more

Digital Learning Worlds and Boundless Communication The Internet ensures students, researchers and academics to take an advantage technology offers. Read more

The Negative Side of Our African Educated and Political Elite Since the dawn of history, education has invariably been the core factor in the progress and development of nations across the world. It has been the source of enlightenment to mankind at all times. Read more


Twenty-Four Sierra Leoneans Graduate from Various Universities in China with Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates Twenty-four graduates from China, who completed their studies in different fields of academia like Journalism, Human Resource Management, Medicine, International Relations and Mining Engineering are returning home. Read more

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