Tweah said several students have voiced their satisfaction, and have given their support to the administration over the increment, not in disregard of the economic hardship, but on the fact that they have realized that education is expensive.
Speaking on the ELBC Super Morning Show Wednesday, Tweah attributed the positive response from the student population to the level of engagement and consultations held over the years with student leaders and various stakeholders.
"We are very sensitive to the economic situation that our country finds itself in, but the decision to increase tuitions is on the side of trying at the minimum to provide a level of quality that will represent the institution that we all love," Tweah noted.
He observed that there is a gradual decline in violent activities on the campuses of the University because students have come to realize that disrupting classes certainly has a negative impact on their learning process.
"We are trying to solve our problems through dialogue; we have not seen any outburst or violent protest since the pronouncement of tuition increment. This is very good and we intend to further discuss with the students," Tweah said.
It can be recalled that the administration of the UL officially announced increment in its tuition fees from $US2.05 to $US4.00 per credit hour for the undergraduate level, and from US$55 to US$75 per credit hour for graduate and professional levels.
With only US$15 million in budgetary support from the Government of Liberia, the UL administration has said that it will require a total of US$29 million for the University to fully operate as the growing student population coupled with administrative challenges, among other demands, need urgent financial attention.