The Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) has hosted a United States Professor from the University of Wyoming, Larry Hubbell, who is on a month’s visiting tour organised by the Fulbright visiting student programme under the United States embassy.
According to the professor, during his one month visit he is able to finish a course on Human Resource Management which is a short course and he is also teaching another one which is Masters in Public Administration.
Professor Hubbell says he is very happy to be here as he has been very impressive as the students have proved worthy.
He adds that people he met both at the university and in the street have been very friendly.
The professor, who has lectured for 19 years, states that he is also a full professor and an elected head of the faculty which has about 750 faculties at the University of Wyoming.
Professor Larry Hubbell maintained that this is his first time to be in West Africa under the Fulbright programme and that he hopes to see Sierra Leone lecturers as well as students from IPAM visiting his university.
The professor maintains that this programme will give students another perceptive.
Speaking about his experience while lecturing at IPAM, the professor notes that, “the same kinds of problems that my students are faced with in the US are very similar to those faced here.”
He further adds that the students he teaches in the States are about the same age with those at IPAM usually in their 30s-40s and that they are working professionals. “Meeting with these students is not only useful to them but also to me in learning about the Sierra Leonean culture,” he says.
Vivian McEwen, lecturer of IPAM, says the university has benefited a lot from the visit and teaching of the professor and that although the visit has been short they have been able to have loads of programmes.
The IPAM lecturer discloses that Professor Hubbell has been involved in the review of the institute’s curriculum. The Fulbright programme is a flag sheet of the US embassy and it entails lot other programme.