As the nation’s oldest institution of learning, the University of Liberia initiated the establishment of a specialized institute—the Centre for Peace Studies—to serve as a centre of excellence for producing the appropriate human capital required for national recovery in 2006. It was renamed Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) through an act of the Legislature in December 2006, when UN Sectretary-General Kofi Annan visited Liberia on his farewell tour at the end of his term. Kofi Annan had headed the United Nations when Liberia’s civil war ended in 2003, and Liberia honored him to express its appreciation of the support given to the peace-building process by the international community through the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
Rooted in the overall mission of the University of Liberia, KAICT “strives to create an academic environment in which outstanding students and scholars from around the world are continually challenged and inspired to do their best possible work.” KAICT is a destination designed for academic excellence in policy research and dialogue on gender, equality, social justice, human rights, security, peace and development.
KAICT accomplishes student success by developing well-informed and creative scholars capable of contributing research-based knowledge to social progress. The institution and its governing board are committed to fostering a learning-centred community that celebrates diversity and inclusion by empowering and engaging students, faculty, and staff.
KAICT envisions a future where public dialogue and rigorous research and analysis are endemic to policy making and implementation in Liberia. It is a future in which a new generation of Liberians, endowed with abilities for critical and innovative thinking, lead in the definition, reconstruction, and administration of the Liberian state.