Office of the Vice President for Institutional Research
The strength and vitality of universities are found in teaching, research, and community service. Hence, research is inseparable from the success of a university. As a matter of fact, research is considered a major yardstick when it comes to the ranking of universities. All of the top universities in the world are research oriented. At the United Methodist University, research occupies a paramount place. Therefore, the university has a vice president for research.
The office of the vice president for institutional research is responsible to plan, collaborate, coordinate, and network within and outside Liberia to promote, strengthen, and execute research programs at the university. The office is headed by Dr. George K. Weagba. In the office of the vice president for research is the director for research, Dr. Fomba V. Sannoh, who is responsible for students' theses and other research activities, and Miss. Miatta karnley, the secretary.
In an effort to build a research culture, the office of the vice president for research, among other research programs, has created the enabling environment for quality research by instituting research activities within the colleges; restructuring the academic student theses at the university; establishing the United Methodist University's Institutional Review Board(IRB) to ensure that students, faculty of the university and other individuals and entries engaging in research, projects, involving the university to conduct their research activities within universally acceptable standards and ethics to protect the interest of subjects, mostly children and vulnerable population; collaborating with Salem State University of the United States of America in joint research activities; publishing the University's annual Journal; conducting routine-in-house training workshop; providing research capability for the Regional Competency Center, which has been set up in Liberia through a framework known as the Partnership in Development (PID).
The PID comprises the Liberia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Sierra Leone Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and The United Methodist Church of Norway. The United Methodist University is open to partnership collaboration in the areas of teaching, learning, and research.
Facts and Figures
- Established 1998
- Inception in 2000 with 203 students
- 169 administrative and support staff
- 355 teaching part-time and full-time staff
- 24 diploma, undergraduate and graduate programs
- 7 colleges
- Approximately 5000 students
- 54% Female enrollment
- 46% Male enrollment
- 4 campuses
- Partnership: Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, USA
- Affiliating Universities/Organizations
- Association of Liberian Universities
- Association of African University
- African Association of Methodist Institutions of Higher Education
- African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions
- The International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities