Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

INTRODUCTION

Liberia has experienced spirals of economic, political and social conflicts, and is emerging rather slowly from the ruins of a very ferocious and devastating war, which spilled over to neighboring Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire and almost engulfed and destabilized the entire Mano River Basin. As Liberia remains on track with reconstruction, the need to strengthen studies in peace, conflict and development is crucial. This will assist enormously in peace consolidation, assure and sustain national development and growth. It is against this background that the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Cuttington University has deemed it expedient and of great priority and necessity to the University to restructure and expand the scope of its academic program in peace and conflict studies to suit prevailing and emerging realities and to be more relevant to the Liberian society and the region.

The Institute presently runs a three (3) semester long certificate program in Peace Studies, in which students do basic courses in Peacebuilding, Conflict Management, Resolution, Prevention, etc. Starting with a total scanty enrollment of 5, the Institute has had remarkable increase in student population since its establishment, has graduated at least 50 students over the last four (4) years, has a total enrollment of’ 50 students at present, and anticipate a steady and continuous growth in the years ahead.  The Institute was originally set up as a non-degree interdisciplinary certificate program, which seeks to broaden the students’ knowledge and understanding of major issues in the field of conflict and peace. Given the Liberian Civil War, the program was structured to focus on community reconciliation and peacebuilding and a drive toward national reconciliation, rehabilitation, reconstruction and a sustained development. At present, the Institute’s students cut across the various colleges and departments of Cuttington University ranging from Biology and Chemistry to Nursing, Economics, Public Administration and Agriculture. Some of the students have expressed interest in pursuing advanced degrees in peace studies.

Institute’s Academic Program

Objectives
The program seeks to, among many:

•           impart participants with knowledge and skills required to identify the root causes and how to manage, resolve and prevent conflict;
•           provide students with the knowledge and skills that will be helpful in peace- building, especially in post-conflict societies and further equip them with the knowledge and skills required to contribute to international peace and a violence free society.

Target Beneficiaries/Admission and Course Requirements
The program targets students of the Cuttington University, professionals, groups, and agencies involved in peace research, conflict resolution, peace building and development work, as well as the local community and the state.

Basic admission requirements of the University shall apply to external (non Cuttington University) students.

Cuttington University students seeking admission to the certificate program must have: completed thirty or more credit hours; acquired minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50, and must be of good moral character/conduct. Minimum entry requirement for the advanced diploma is a high school certificate (WAEC) diploma. Those with certificate in peace studies are eligible for admission to the diploma program, where as those who have completed the diploma or a first (undergraduate) degree from Cuttington University or any recognized tertiary institution are eligible for admission to the program. External (non Cuttington University) students must first meet basic admission requirement through the office of admission, registration and records.

A total of 5 courses which translates to 15 credit hours are required for completion and certification for the certificate in peace studies. Of 10 courses offered in the program, two are foundational courses. Students are required to complete the foundational courses, and any three of the other courses. A detailed breakdown of courses in each program has been provided herewith. (Please see revised curricula of programs).

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Cuttington University is presently managed by a three (3) man team, comprising the director, one full-time faculty, and an administrative assistant/secretary as follows:

  1. Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu, Ph.D- Professor/ Director
  2. Mr. K. Raymond Da-boi, M.Sc- Lecturer/ Assistant Director
  3. Mr. Patrick S. Borbor -B.Sc - Administrative Assistant/Secretary

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