The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), one of the constituent colleges in the University of Sierra Leone has spoken on immediate plans in his new office.
Speaking to News Watch via an interview on the First Week of October, 2018, Associate Professor Samuel Edmond Nonie said that his immediate plans are to improve the teaching and learning sector, ensuring that the students have enough furniture and contented learning environment, internet facilities for students and staff; among others. He said that there are plans to develop the staff welfare and capacity of the campus, adding he would ensure that the teaching staff are dedicated to their different academic duties. He said that he would create more scholarship opportunities for the academic staff to develop themselves in their different areas of expertise, and help to create a relevant platform of what he described as “split site teaching and learning experience” with other academic researchers around the world. He said that IPAM is just like any other institution that has been facing some challenges, adding that he is ready to tackle all of them as the new Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) and Principal of the institution.
Associate Professor Nonie said that the students have been attending lectures at different locations in the city, adding that all lectures will soon be held at the newly constructed EkudayorThomposon Multi-Purpose Building – their main campus, A.J Momoh Street in Freetown. He said that the new building comprises six floors which accommodate more than One Thousand, Five Hundred people in a day, adding that it has internet facilities that make learning and research easier for students and lecturers on campus.
He said that they will also provide more furniture and CCTV Cameras within the classroom environment.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal concluded by expressing gratitude to the previous administration for their relentless effort in completing the multipurpose building, adding that they have also signed a contract with a developing company called Femab to construct another campus with hostel facilities that will accommodate Three Thousand, Five Hundred students at Bureh Town in the East end of Freetown.