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Capitol Tech Signs MOU with University of Liberia to Increase Access to and Expand STEM Education

On Monday, August 17, 2020, Capitol Technology University and the University of Liberia (UL), located in Monrovia, Liberia, met online in Zoom to conduct a virtual signing ceremony for a new International Partners in Education Framework Agreement. The Agreement was signed to promote partnerships; grant end-of-course certificates and degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and facilitate and enhance academic, administrative, and research cooperation between the two universities. 

“Capitol Tech is honored to form this new partnership with the University of Liberia. The shared goals of both Capitol Tech and UL will be furthered through the exchange of ideas, faculty and staff, and resources made possible through this agreement,” said Brad Sims, PhD, President of Capitol Tech. “We look forward to receiving and sharing new information to strengthen both universities educational offerings.” 

During the virtual ceremony, Dr. William Butler, Capitol Tech’s Chair of Cyber and Information Security and Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis (CCRA), made opening remarks followed by statements President Sims; President of UL, Julius J.S. Nelson; UL Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor, Moses Moroe Zinnah; UL Chief Information Officer, Dr. Darren Wilkins; Capitol Tech’s Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Steve McCaskey; and Senior Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, Dianne O’Neill. 

Through this international public-private Agreement, Capitol Tech will assist with the academic process and development of awarding of certificates-and degrees to UL students and will provide support while fostering UL specific program designs for stakeholder programs which promote the UL identity and brand. Capitol Tech will also provide professional development for UL faculty members and will participate in a faculty and student exchange program. The University of Liberia, which focuses on teaching managerial and technical skills including business education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, will implement teaching programs in the field of study and training cycles for which it has been accredited in addition to nominating UL academics to participate in the exchange program. 

“We are happy to have a new understanding between our two universities to go forward especially in the area of technology,” said Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson Jr, President of the University of Liberia. “Currently we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic so we’re starting a special e-learning semester at our university and we believe that our partnership and relationship with Capitol Tech will move [us further into] this particular direction [and] a greater future.” 

This new Agreement provides a unique opportunity for each institution to engage in a diverse approach to graduating students ready to serve as leaders in today's global work environments.  

The University of Liberia, a public institution founded in 1862 as Liberia College provides a venue for students where: academic excellence thrives in the search of truth and knowledge; research and teaching are cherished and promoted; a high premium is placed on academic freedom of creative thinking “out of the box” in a scholastic environment; and outstanding students and researchers from Liberia, and around the world, are continually challenged and inspired to do their best possible work. 

Click here to view the virtual signing ceremony and to learn more information on this partnership.