Our History

The beginning of the Journey…

The Adventist University of West Africa (AUWA) is located in Schiefflin Town, Robertsfield Highway, Monrovia, Liberia.

Early Establishment

AUWA was established on August 7, 2003 when it received its Charter from the Liberian Government. The University was incorporated on September 8, 2003 by the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through an act of the House of Senate and House of Representative of the Republic of Liberia.

AUWA started operations on an Associate degree level on 120 Camp Johnson Road Monrovia, its temporary site in August 2010 stirred by the first University President Dr. Clifford Pitt. On February 21, 2011 the University started enrollment through the first University Dean for Admissions and Records Mrs Glory I. Baysah. One hundred and five
(105) students were enrolled and classes began March 1, 2011 through the effort of the first academic administration as follows:

1. Dr. Shelton Beedoe…………….Vice President Academic Affairs

2. Pastor John O. Baysah…………Dean, College of Theology3. Elder Sawyer Payne……………Dean, College of Education
4. Mrs Erhuvwukorotu S. Kollie…….Dean, College of Nursing

5. Elder Alexander Quaye……Dean, College of Business and Public Administration

Academic program started in four (4) areas: Theology, Education, Nursing, Accounting, Economics and Public Administration. The first Finance manager was Elder Abraham Naigawu.

Further Development

On March 27, 2012 the University conducted the groundbreaking ceremony on its 100 acre permanent site through the hard work of Pastor Emmanuel G.M Kollie and Pastor Amos Horace who organized the clearing and preparation of the site for the ceremony.
By August 2012, the first set of International students from Sierra Leone were enrolled, hence, the opening of the dormitory on the Smythe Road Compound owned by the West Africa Union Mission. The first Dean for Student Affairs Mrs. Lenda George developed the dormitory services.

The Liberian Government through the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) granted the University full degree Charter on March 18, 2013. The Liberian Nursing Board and Midwifery (LNBM) granted the accreditation to the Nursing program in May, 2013. The Adventist Accreditation Association (AAA) offered candidacy status on October 9, 2013.

Recent Development
The University relocated to its permanent site on Schiefflin Town; first the dormitory on March 22, 2015 and then the entire University on March 23, 2015. The first graduation exercise was conducted June 13-17, 2015 with fifty (50) graduates in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration, Education Guidance & Counseling Psychology, Primary and Secondary Education, Nursing and Theology.

Contribution and Legacy

The Seventh-day Adventist Church had the quest for tertiary education in Liberia for years owing to the dilemma experienced in the past by church members concerning class attendance on Saturdays, and the need for the rich Adventist Education needed by the society coming out of 14 years of civil war and undergoing social reconstruction and recovery. AUWA fulfilled this quest. Several National leaders have expressed their
appreciation for the unique value on Education that the University has produced since its inception. Such leaders like the then Vice president of the Republic, Hon Joseph Boakai in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Government and in the current President George Weah’s Administration by the current Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Chief Jewel Howard-Taylor during their respective keynote addresses given during the 2015 and 2017 AUWA
graduation ceremonies.

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