Lecturers of Njala University (NU) have been given a challenge to “Publish or perish.”

This follows the launching of two publications by the Academic Staff Association of the university; the Njala University Journal and the on-line Network for Research and Development Journal. The journals, which are now functional, accept writings from both lecturers and students of the university.

The launching took place in the Auditorium at the Njala University Njala Campus. It also accompanied with the presentation of more than 80 Personal Computers and 10 Scanners to the Administration by the Academic Staff Association.

Turad Senesie the President of the Academic Staff Association of the university said clearly that “Njala University has to respond to the needs of the society” but that this could only happen when “we enhance ourselves; we have logistical support and appropriate tools.” With this, the lecturers and administration he added would need to “move NU beyond the domestic competition. We need to push the boundaries of academia beyond.”

Turad Senesie maintained that the main reason behind the setting up of the journals was “For you to set your own standards.” The journals he added were capacitated with “quality people and professionals” who would be there to “ensure that standards are not reduced.” The on-line journal he further explicated was a platform “where in your ideas sent could be challenged by others.”

The donation of the computers and scanners to the academic staff he threw light on was a move to curb some of the ill-practices that always occur at Administrative offices like the Examinations’ Office. The capacitation of the administration he exclaimed leaves them with “no more reasons.” He went further to state that “leakages could now be stopped and it is time to take responsibility of your questions.”

The Registrar registered his delight at seeing his administration working towards “a 100% computer literate staff.”
Professor Felix-tina Johnson Ellis, Deputy Vice Njala University Njala Campus pronounced that “teaching and research go together.” The publications she opined open up spaces for the lecturers to research and write on “the war and what has it done to our university, cultism…” She went on to state that the publications “are so important and I hope you start thinking about getting started.”

Professor Abu Sesay the Vice Chancellor and Principal Njala University expressed delight at the initiative of the ASA. “It is a pleasure for me to always see initiatives like this.” Prof. Sesay went on to brag that initiatives are part of his “Vision of Excellence” for his university.

Research, he expressed, is the best platform for educationists. “Research is the only way you make your presence known in the academic field.” After a chronicle of initiatives that have died down in the university, he concluded: “I hope this will not die.”