A partnership agreement, aimed at exposing the students of the African Methodist Episcopal University to innovative ideas, has been between the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) and the university administration.
Officials said the three-year agreement will enable both LCCBC and AME University to establish an institute of innovation where students would be trained to explore their talents.
Speaking Wednesday in Paynesville at the signing ceremony, AME University President Joseph T. Isaac said the University believes innovation is a process that refines knowledge, not just the result of great ideas.
With the understanding that Liberian students have the innate ability as students around the world to create and develop new ideas for new challenges and old problems, he said the University hopes that the new program will add more values to the students’ learning process.
He said the program, known as the Institute for Innovation, will be officially launched in June this year in collaboration with LCCBC.
“The concept is simple, the University and Coca Cola Bottling Company will create a thought-provoking program in an inspiring space, where honor students of AMEU can enroll and participate in weekly activities of innovation and creativity,” Dr. Isaac noted.
In addition to regular coursework Dr. Isaac said, students would also be provided the opportunity to discover, create and refine ideas that will enhance their learning process.
According to him, enrollment criteria will be jointly developed by AME University and LCCBC, based on the intended size of the institute, space availability, anticipated projects, students Grade Point Average (GPA), among other measures.
Dr. Isaac: “The focus of innovative activities shall have no limit, students will be encouraged not to think outside of the box; instead, they will be taught to know that there is no box in terms of innovation.”
He disclosed that mentors from the LCCBC, AMEU and other business and industry executives will provide independent research based guidance to the students, and activities will ingrain nourishing of the mind and enhancing attitudes with positive behaviors and skills that are necessary for dreaming big.
In remarks, LCCBC Country Manger, Seth Adu-Baah commended the AME University for considering partnership with the company.
Mr. Adu-Baah said the company is always proud to form part of building the capacity of the country’s youths for development.
He expressed the company’s full support in making the university’s dream a reality.