The President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, has described the Lux-In-Tenebris Honors Scholars Program as a “Unique group of students” at the University of Liberia.
Speaking at the close of a five-day seminar organized by the Honors Scholars program, Dr. Weeks hailed the students for their academic excellence and admonished them not to leave the seminar forgetting the knowledge gained.
She urged the students to remain focused and apply the skills acquired to help develop Liberia.
“You need to be stimulated by the success and growth of other nations and learn to develop Liberia,” she said. “I don’t know whether you realize how fortunate you are to be able to have such seminar that you are able to participate in, the type and quality of information that you are receiving.”
“Think about the other eighteen students that don’t have this opportunity and think about the advantage that you have. So take advantage of it, utilize it well. Use this opportunity that you have, drink deep, reflect on what you have been exposed to these last five days. Think about the topics and reflect on them,” Dr Weeks added.
She encouraged the high-score pointers to think about how to use the information they acquired from the seminar during their time at the university and beyond.
“Think about the discipline that’s required, the management of your time, use it well and use it wisely,” she said, describing time management and academic discipline as important.
Professor Weeks said she hopes that the students will go beyond under graduate education given the opportunity they have and become seasoned professionals.
“Many of the things that you’re learning now, I learned as a graduate student, not as an under graduate,” she mentioned. “And so you’re starting off your tertiary education with this knowledge, and as you continue; I hope that many of you go beyond under graduate that you use it well to help develop Liberia.”
She said the UL was established as Liberia College because there was a need to produce the people who will develop Liberia and carry it to higher heights.
“All of our neighboring countries with tertiary education–Nigeria has over 150 universities. Their first university was around 1948; our first class was in 1863. We were independent in 1847; many of our neighboring countries were in the 60s,;we still talking about developing,” she said. “And when you read about Liberia, it’s among the poorest countries, and we have all of the wealth that we have. It’s among the least developed and we have a long history, we should be beyond many of our neighbors; we’re not!”
“So the time that you have here as students acquiring tertiary education and hopefully beyond, think about the fact that we still need a lot of writers, engineers, historians, mathematicians, environmentalists, foresters; etc., we still got a long way to go,” the UL President stated.
She reminded the students of the importance of the seminar, stating, “This seminar that you had this week is providing you with a foundation of discipline and a set of guidelines and framework which you will use for all the subjects no matter whether you will be an English major, physicist, etc.”
Eighty honors scholars received certificates of participation at the end of the week-long seminar.