A three-day interactive Management Dimensions for Effective Leadership training has ended on the main University of Liberia Fendell Campus outside Monrovia with an objective of improving management skills at the USAID-EHELD Centers of Excellence with about thirty participants from four different professional institutions involved in education in the country.
The head of the organizing group Liberia-branch says the Research Triangle Institute as an entity emphasized on the training of new managers for the effective management and handling of resources and programs.
Mr. Yark Kolva, Chief of Party of the USAID-Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development project says, as part of the overall USAID-EHELD project, they are trying to improve the management practices among their colleagues and partners managing the day to day projects, naming the colleagues as the instructors, deans and chairpersons.
According to Mr. Kolva, the training director came from the Research Triangle Institute International in the United States of America to conduct the Management Dimensions for Effective Leadership training for participants from the Research Triangle Institute Liberia /USAID-EHELD project, Research Triangle Institute/Liberia Teachers Training Program, the Cuttington University and the University of Liberia.
The USAID-EHELD boss named members of the RTI/USAID-EHELD project leadership, some engineering executives from the University of Liberia and Agriculture experts from the Cuttington University as participants that attended the three- day interactive Management Dimensions for Effective Leadership training.
Mr. Kolva told news men that a larger portion of the training exercise expenses was underwritten by the main organizer, the Research Triangle Institute International which included all international costs and training resources while the RTI/USAID-EHELD took care of all national costs.
The RTI/USAID-EHELD Executive encouraged beneficiaries of the training exercise to position themselves in different roles such as supervisors and leaders who would be promoting change and championing a cause for the effective management of time, resources, institutions and entities that future generations can emulate.
For her part, the Director of Global Organizational Development and Learning at the Research Triangle Institute International, Dr. Beatriz Coningham said, as an educator she was aware of the numerous challenges facing education generally, particularly countries that are developing like Liberia and Brazil.
Dr. Coningham said though she did not know the specific challenges of Liberia, she was however aware from what she has learned from around the world from people that a lot of the educational challenges across the world in essence are very similar.
The Training Director told the participants that most of the materials that formed part of the three-day exercise were based on research that have proven to have worked across the world and not necessarily her opinion though she agrees with them.
For the participants, they expressed their appreciation for interactive Management Dimensions for Effective Leadership training terming it as an added knowledge that would positively immensely contribute their daily performances in the respective work places.
The participants lauded the organizers for the opportunity afforded them for the training and hoped more of such training exercises would be designed in other professional areas in the future.