Rev. Dr. Julius J.S. Nelson, Jr., President of the University of Liberia
Rev. Dr. Julius J.S. Nelson, Jr., President of the University of Liberia

Using its intellectual forum Lux Talk to discuss the role of academia in national planning on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the University of Liberia (UL) says it is well – positioned to mobilize and coordinate the academic community here in the setup of a National United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Ahead of a panel discussion Wednesday, 30 September in the auditorium of the university’s Capitol Hill Campus, UL president Rev. Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson made a “committal” for and on behalf of the University of Liberia” in support of the Decade of Action on the Implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at the national level.

He says UL has already applied for membership to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to forge global networks and partnerships of universities. According to Dr. Nelson, the purpose is to strengthen both national and global problems solving.

He announced that preparations alongside the university’s application process have already started, adding that UL has also embarked on the process of establishing institutional link with the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), an international network created in 1999 by UNESCO, United Nations University (UNU) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona Tech (UP).

Touching on UL’s “committal” in support of the decade of action on the implementation of the SDGs, Dr. Nelson cites the creation of new academic programs for the undergraduate colleges, graduate and professional schools, biodiversity, climate change and environmental science, public health, nursing and midwifery, the Honors College of Research and Gender Studies and an entrepreneurship program.

He assures that UL will continue to create new organizational units to house many or most of its programs of sustainable development. Dr. Nelson also reveals that UL’s new educational programs will enable students to be trained in sustainable development, ideally at each level of higher education.

He concludes by announcing a plan to establish networks linking the SDSN, the United Nations Academic Impact, the United Nations University, the International Association of Universities, the World University Network and others, partnering together to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

Speaking at the program, Liberia’s Education Minister Prof. D. Ansu Sonii urges the re-initiation of the association of Liberian universities so that universities are seen here as an enterprise that has a role to play and they can present their roles.

Credit: New Dawn Online