Ohio University in the United States of America, will soon establish a strong partnership with University of Cape Coast to enhance intellectual resource exchange between the two institutions.
Currently, there are a number of collaborations between Ohio University and some departments of University of Cape Coast, including faculty and students exchanges which have yielded positive results.
The Centre for African and International Studies, the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration and the Department of Communications all of the UCC have established contacts with Ohio University to improve and strengthen the research base of their students and faculty.
As a way of effectively utilizing the collaboration between the two institutions, a memorandum of understanding will soon be signed between Ohio University and University of Cape Coast to seal the friendship.
This was announced by the Director for the Centre for International Studies in Ohio University, Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds at an alumni homecoming ceremony organised by Ohio University for Ghanaian alumni of the University.
Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds speaking at the Alumni Homecoming
Dr. Lorna said, “We historically have had a collaboration with the university of Cape Coast and what we are doing is only trying to re-energise it”.
She added “Our goal is to sign a memorandum of understanding when our President comes to Ghana to meet your Vice Chancellor. That will give them the chance to celebrate the kind of things we are now working on together”.
According to Dr. Edmonds the partnership will foster a good relationship which will “Initiate a collaborative education programme where we have students from UCC and OU taking a project online together which is a unique thing”.
“UCC and Ohio University are going to fund two people together to bring them to Ohio University to attend a conference together with the idea of learning how the two universities can learn international collaborative online learning together and this is often wrapped around research questions that UCC wants to pursue and we are going to try and advance that agenda”, she added.
Some alumni of OU who are now faculty members of the University of Cape Coast and their spouses
Dr. Edmonds explained that the Centre for International Education at OU is unique for its role in “embracing the continent” by admitting students from different African Countries into Ohio University.
She added that the National Research Centre grants allows either faculty or students from African countries to access learning research opportunities at OU.
Ohio University has about 1,000 alumni on the African continent with about 350 from Ghana.
By: Kojo Dei/ATL FM News