Monrovia– For more than six decades, the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute has provided and continues to provide professional certifications to men and women aspiring to become diplomats or seeking diplomatic training.
And now the institute has been prompted to turn its diploma courses in diplomacy and foreign relations into a full degree.
The Minister of Education, Prof. D. Ansu Sonii, as President George M. Weah’s proxy, reminded the graduates and faculty members of the class of 2019 of the importance of the institute in helping Liberia leverage foreign relations and policies.
He recommended, among other things, that a curriculum be developed which will qualify the Institute to function as a college or a unit under a university which has the power to confer degrees.
Prof Sonii, who also chairs the board of the Higher Education Commission – the entity responsible for accrediting higher education institutions, said he hopes the idea put forward will be implemented. .
In his endorsement of the graduates, Acting Foreign Secretary Henry B. Fahnbulleh thanked the Acting Director General of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Ambassador Remongar Dennis, for his far-sighted leadership.
“We are encouraged by new developments here at the Foreign Service Institute and I want to thank you. Students have been exposed to a working knowledge of what they have learned at the institute,” he said. declared.
“And I also want to thank you, Mr. Acting Director General, for setting the tone for 4 Foreign Service Institute students to complete a learning visit to the Diplomatic School at the American University in Washington DC USA “.
As Liberia’s premier institution for training diplomats, Fahnbullah said the FSI has over the years trained hundreds of Liberians and foreigners in the field of diplomacy and international relations, many of whom are current ambassadors and past representing the interests of the country.
For his part, Ambassador Dennis, a career diplomat and Acting Director General, assured that the institute is committed to ensuring that the minds of students are developed to understand more about global issues and their challenges and how they can participate in the search for durable solutions.
In this new direction, he said, the institute will ensure that the required teaching and reading materials, new textbooks, periodicals, newspapers and magazines as well as adjustments to new teaching tools are available. and adopted.
He said that through the training, the students have been given the green light to move forward and undertake to understand more with a broad mind and in-depth analysis with a view to contributing to the resolution of existing national and international problems.
“This class started with 55 students, 46 of whom are proud graduates. Therefore, Mr. Acting Minister, I present the graduates, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for agreement, that they be graduates of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute,” he said.