The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro has received the Associate Vice-Chancellor of the Appalachian State University, Prof. Jesse Lutabingwa at his office.
The purpose of the courtesy call was to seek possible collaboration with the University in the areas of study abroad and students and faculty exchange.
“In Africa, we are already in South Africa, but we have decided to add Ghana as the second to see how things will develop”, Prof. Lutabingwa said.
Prof. Lutabingwa who was accompanied by the head of Department of History, Prof. Kwame Osei Kwarteng, Prof. Edmund Abakah, Department of History, Prof. Agya Boakye Boaten of the University of North Carolina, Ashevile, USA and Dr. Alfred Ampah-Mensah of the Institute of Education Planning and Administration (IEPA), UCC, said, his University has about 1000 students studying abroad currently and would want to have more of such opportunities for the rest, so they would want this to happen.
“Having this partnership for both students and faculty to learn outside and bring something home is laudable”.
Receiving his guest, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said the University has an agenda to project its image through internationalization.
“We are very much open to partnerships and one way of doing this is to benchmark. Any effort to facilitate internationalization, UCC welcomes it”, he said.
Prof. Oduro noted that, the possible areas of collaboration could be in education, health sciences and the social sciences. He indicated that one could not talk about education in Ghana without mentioning UCC, even though other universities in the country had started running programmes in Education.
“Yes, others are now doing education, but when you talk of education in Ghana it is UCC, and no other”, he emphasised.
Prof. Oduro told the visiting Professor, that the University has a number of such collaborations which feature students on study abroad programmes. “In exchange, there is a lot we can do, it will be helpful to see the role of education in the development of Africa, he stated.
He said management was committed to any collaboration that would be of benefit to all parties.
Present during the courtesy call were the Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan ; Acting Director, Directorate of Public Affairs (DPA), Major Kofi Baah-Bentum (Rtd) and Assistant Registrar, Centre for International Education, Mr. Alfred Ghartey.