University of Kentucky Visitors Discuss Higher Education Research and Partnership Issues with Liberian University Administrators

Dr. Wayne Sanderson and Dr. Tim Barnes from the University of Kentucky (UK) visited Liberia from June 16-21 under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy, to meet with Liberian higher education administrators and to explore a partnership with the University of Liberia in public health and other areas.

Dr. Sanderson and Dr. Barnes conducted two workshops, in conjunction with the Association of Liberian Universities, at the Embassy’s American Center on June 16 and June 21 on the themes of “The Role of Research in Higher Education” and “Trends in U.S. Higher Education.”  Senior representatives from Liberian universities, colleges and communities participated and discussed issues including higher education funding, community and alumni outreach, faculty development, internationalization and partnerships.

Dr. Barnes and Dr. Sanderson also gave presentations at the University of Liberia’s “Lux Talk” forum on “Universities and Challenges in the 21st Century:  Fundraising, Globalization and Partnerships” and on “An American Public University’s Response to Local Health Needs.”

On June 20, Dr. Barnes and Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, President of the University of Liberia (UL), signed a memorandum of understanding between UL and UK to promote a cooperative relationship through mutual assistance in the areas of education, research, and engagement.

U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder noted:  “There is tremendous potential benefit in collaboration and exchange between these two great institutions of higher education.”

Dr. Sanderson is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky’s School of Public Health.  Dr. Barnes is the University of Kentucky’s Executive Director of International Partnerships and Research Center.