FREETOWN: The Limkokwing University of Creative Technology branch campus here was officially launched by Sierra Leone president Dr Ernest Bai Koroma Friday.
In his speech during the launch, Koroma said the opening of the local campus of the university in Hill Station here is set to transform the tertiary education landscape in the country.
He said the opening of the university campus will help meet the country's high demand for graduates in the field of digital technology.
Koroma also praised Limkokwing University of Creative Technology founder and president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing for seeing African countries beyond the stereotypical image often presented in the media.
Lim said the branch campus' main role in the country will be to use education as a means to help in the social and economic transformation of Sierra Leone.
"We have begun that process by creating the most high-tech learning environment to empower students with the latest in digital technology," said Lim, adding that the graduates of the university will go on to become technology-savvy movers and shakers of the country.
The campus, which currently has 1,100 students, started its new academic year for 2016-2017 on July 6 last year.
The first batch of students was originally enrolled in December 2013, but operations of the local campus were halted for more than two years during the devastating Ebola outbreak in the country.
The country was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organisation on March 17 last year, after which work on the opening of the campus resumed.
The launch of the campus was also attended by Sierra Leone vice-president Victor Bockarie Foh and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology regional vice-chancellor Prof Cedric Bell.