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Sussex signs agreement with University of Ghana

Professor Michael Farthing and Professor Ernest Aryeetey shake hands after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Universities of Sussex and Ghana.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, delivered a lecture on approaches that have worked in strengthening African universities for economic transformation.

The Ghana High Commissioner, His Excellency, Victor E. Smith (centre); next to him is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Sussex, Professor Michael Davies, and second from the left is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey.

The University of Sussex has signed a formal agreement with the University of Ghana to promote co-operation between the two institutions in education and in academic research.

The University of Ghana, which was founded in 1948 and is highly regarded in Africa, has a history of research collaboration with researchers at Sussex. 

The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed during a visit to Sussex last week by a delegation from Ghana, provides the platform for enhanced collaboration between the two universities.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, described the link with Sussex as an great opportunity for his university to work with a world-class university with a strong research tradition.

This will start with joint collaborative research and academic exchange between the Department of Education in the School of Education and Social Work (ESW) and the newly established College of Education of the University of Ghana. 

As part of the agreement, Sussex’s eight-week International Summer School has confirmed two full scholarships for the University of Ghana.

On the second day of his visit, Professor Aryeetey delivered a talk in the Sussex Development Lecture series on approaches that have worked in strengthening African universities for economic transformation. 

The lecture was attended by the Ghana High Commissioner, His Excellency Victor E. Smith, with a delegation of his senior officials. 

Crew from the Sussex student TV station, UniTV, covered the event and the edited footage will be used by both universities for promotional purposes.

Professor Aryeetey also had lunch with a number of Sussex students, including the President of the African & Caribbean Society (ACS).

Later in the evening, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Davies, hosted a dinner in honour of the Ghanaian visitors and the Ghana High Commissioner.

The visit provided an opportunity to plan the next stage in the collaboration, which will involve a jointly organised conference in Accra on the theme of ‘Education Research and Development in Africa’ from 4-5 May 2015. 

Plans were also made to develop links between the Sussex Africa Centre and the University of Ghana’s renowned Institute of African Studies.

Professor Aryeetey was accompanied on his visit to Sussex by the Registrar of the University of Ghana, Mrs Mercy Haizel Ashia; the Provost of the College of Education, Professor Cephas Omenyo; and the Coordinator of the School of Education and Leadership, Dr Yaa Cole.

Professor Kwame Akyeampong and Professor Brian Hudson, Head of ESW, initiated the visit with funding from the University of Sussex International Partnership Development Fund (IPDF). 

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 20 February 2015


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