Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) has ushered in approximately 3,500 new students, both men and women, into its four faculties to pursue degrees in diverse disciplines.
This influx of students culminated in a comprehensive two-day orientation exercise meticulously organized by the IPAM administration at its Tower Hill Campus in Freetown.
Addressing the freshly enrolled students during her keynote speech, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of IPAM, Assoc. Professor Miriam Conteh-Morgan, emphasized the elevated expectations accompanying tertiary education. She underscored the privilege of the newcomers to be part of the distinguished “Class of 2027,” a class set to graduate from a pool of over twelve thousand applicants. Conteh-Morgan urged them to exert extra effort to meet this significant milestone.
As part of their unique experience, the Class of 2027 had the honour of being the first to sing the new IPAM song during orientation and don the new IPAM logo on their orientation T-shirts and caps. However, Conteh-Morgan alerted them to be the pioneers in experiencing the implementation of a new policy on reference exams, allowing students only one chance to retake the examination.
Representing the Registrar of the University of Sierra Leone, Mr. Munda J.S. Lebbie, Deputy Registrar of IPAM, encouraged students to remain focused on their primary objectives at IPAM, aiming to complete their respective degrees within the stipulated four academic years. He provided a comprehensive explanation of the governance structures of both the University of Sierra Leone and IPAM.
Dr. Ezekiel Duramani Lakkoh, Chairman of the Orientation Ceremony and Dean of the Faculty of Accountancy and Finance at IPAM, introduced the academic and administrative staff members present at the orientation ceremony during his opening remarks.
Various speakers addressed key issues pertinent to the students, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility among the IPAM family. MJB/9/1/2024