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Students studying by candlelight in Bong County, Liberia

Education in Liberia was severely affected by the First Liberian Civil War and Second Liberian Civil War, between 1989 and 2003.

Historically, from 1862 to the outbreak of the war in the 1980s, higher education in the country centered around:

Currently higher education in Liberia is decentralized. The difference between a centralized and decentralized higher education system might be illustrated by the difference between the decentralized Ivy League in America and the centralized University of California System.

In addition to the above-named colleges, there also exist:

  • AME University (African Methodist Episcopal University)
  • Don Bosco Technical College
  • United Methodist University (UMU)
  • Monrovia College
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion University(AMEZU)

These universities are greatly contributing to the higher education needs in Liberia. They have produced students that are working with international organizations such as the UN, international banking insstitutions, government and other local institutions. Some are pursuing graduate degrees abroad due to limited graduate programs in the country. For example, while there is an undergraduate program in sociology at all of these universities, there is no graduate program for students wanting to pursue a graduate degree in sociology.

The following are disciplines in which undergraduate degrees are being offered: Sociology, geology, political science, history, biology, chemistry, economics. accounting, management, education, journalism, civil engineering, physics, mathematics, English, geography, social work, nursing, architectural engineering, rural development, laboratory technology, theology, general science, and agriculture. Some of these disciplines are only being offered at a single university. For example, Social Work is only being offered as a degree at the United Methodist University (UMU) and Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, which falls under Don Bosco Polytecnic.

The University of Liberia offers graduate degrees in education, regional planning, international relations and public administration, while Cuttington University is offering graduate degrees in education, Public Health, Business administration, Management, Public administration ,and nursing education. The additional colleges do not have no graduate programs.

Liberia has two public Rural Teacher Training Institutes.

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