Tubman University

William V. S. Tubman University, commonly known as Tubman University, is a public university located in Harper, Maryland County, Liberia. The university is named after William Tubman, the 19th President of Liberia.

William V. S. Tubman University
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Former names
William V. S. Tubman College of Technology
William V. S. Tubman Teachers College[1]
PresidentDr. D. Elliot Wreh-Wilson
Undergraduates1195 (2015)
Location, ,
4°24′01″N 7°41′48″W / 4.40021°N 7.69655°W / 4.40021; -7.69655Coordinates: 4°24′01″N 7°41′48″W / 4.40021°N 7.69655°W / 4.40021; -7.69655
AffiliationsNational Commission on Higher Education
Founding president Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, 2008 - 2016

Founded in 1978 as the William V. S. Tubman College of Technology, the school originally offered associate's degrees in architecture, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and mechanical engineering.[2] Tubman was also one of the main schools in Liberia to produce secondary school teachers.[1] In 1990, the college was accredited to offer Bachelor of Science degrees in those fields, but soon closed following the outbreak of the First Liberian Civil War. The school remained closed through the 1990s and the end of the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.[2] Enrollment numbers show 264 students and a faculty of 28 in 1999.[1]

In 2008, the college was reopened by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, with Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell appointed that year as the first female president of the university.[3] In April 2009, Sirleaf signed a bill elevating Tubman to university status, and the newly renamed and renovated university opened on 14 September 2009.[3] The school's enrollment stood at 288 at that time, of which 219 were male and 69 were female.[4] Enrollment stood at 838 for the first semester of the 2013-14 school year, and the school held its first commencement in June 2014.[5] William V. S. Tubman University is proud of its graduating class of nursing students who experienced a 100% pass-rate on the State Board of Nursing examinations. The nation's first female mechanical engineer graduated from William V. S. Tubman University in 2016.


The university is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the President of Liberia.[6] The university is organized into six colleges:[2]

  • College of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Management and Administration
  • College of Arts and Sciences


  1. ^ a b c "Liberia". World Data on Education (Sixth ed.). UNESCO-IBE. June 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "About TubmanU". Tubman University. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  3. ^ a b "Sirleaf Dedicates Tubman University". The Daily Observer. March 5, 2010.
  4. ^ Kwanue, C.Y. (February 7, 2010). "Faculty at Liberia's 9 Universities, Colleges Numbers 1,137". Daily Observer. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  5. ^ Sirleaf, Ellen Johnson. "Annual Message to the Third Session of the 53rd National Legislature of the Republic of Liberia". Daily Observer. Liberian Observer Corporation. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Board of Trustees of the Tubman University Appointed". The Perspective. January 23, 2010.

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