By: G Bennie Bravo Johnson I
In a quest to promote a healthy and clean environment across Liberia, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, signed a renewable one-year partnership agreement with Marshall University of West Virginia, USA, with the intent to strengthen the university health studies program.
In a remark, the professor and Chair of the Department of public health at Marshall University, Dr. Anthony T. Woart revealed that the signing of the MOU between the AMEZU and Marshall University is part of the Marshall University global initiative that will improve research for scholars through the provision of student exchange.
He added that the agreement entered by both universities is significant because it improves global health studies, and encourages student empowerment.
In furtherance, Dr. Woart stated the MOU is an effort of Marshall University to contribute to the human capital development of Liberia through the field of global health studies. Asserting the health condition of West Virginia is the same as that of Liberia
He continued by stating there are other projects in the MoU to be carried out by both universities to improve a healthy environment.
And to ensure that whenever faculties of the universities are engaged in research, they respect human subjects.
He concluded by revealing that there are plans for the program to be expanded across the country, noting that Marshall University has started some positive engagement with the University of Liberia and other universities in the South-East.
Meanwhile, the chair of the board of trustees of the AMEZU Dr. Nathaniel B. Walker lauded the administration and staffers of the Marshall University for their thoughtfulness to impact the people of Liberia, using the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University.
Dr. Walker stated that the AMEZU, like other universities, is challenged but the initiative of Marshall University brings some relief to the AMEZU.
He asserted that the partnership will provide further opportunities to ease some of the most pressing challenges of the university, as the university continues to contribute to strengthening the educational fabric of Liberia.
For his part, the newly elected president of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University Rev. Dr. Emmanuel B. Johnson expressed joy over the signing ceremony, stating that the MOU impacts his vision to transform the university.
“I am very happy because the signing ceremony took place on the eve of my induction and it is part of my vision and rebranding process.”
He described the signing of the MOU as timely for the programs at the University as it relates to research.
He said the university under his leadership will do everything in its power to ensure that the partnership is strengthened.
He called on all Liberians to be aware of the greater opportunities to shape the nation for the common good of all.