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Sussex-Ghana Strategic Fund Sparking Research Collaboration

Visitors from the University of Ghana’s Office of Research Innovation and Development (ORID) visited Sussex recently as part of activities under the Sussex-Ghana strategic fund. The Pre-Award Coordinator, Beatrice Biney-Nyamekye and the Post-Award Coordinator, Grace Martey, spent a week here from 28 October - 1 November.

The Office of Research Innovation and Development at the University of Ghana is less than ten years old, with our visitors explaining their vision to “promote, coordinate and facilitate research activities in the university; and also, to lead the development of the University’s strategic plans including business plans and fund-raising strategies.”
They held a presentation to Research and Enterprise, academics and Global Engagement colleagues to tell us more about their Office, elaborating on Pre and Post Awards, research finance, research metrics and IDS. We explored areas of collaboration, simplified processes between Sussex and Ghana and took away recommendations of how their systems could be developed.

Li Camm, our Head of Global Partnerships, said “we were delighted to welcome two research managers from the University of Ghana. The University of Sussex and the University of Ghana have a long established relationship, with many research activities between the two. We are consistently looking for ways to promote and coordinate research activities.”

Our visitors found the University staff to be “extremely friendly and receptive.” They further commented that they “have had very informative meetings and made good friends during the week. We have successfully mapped programmes and exchanged many good ideas. One achievement is that we have set up communication channels which we believe will help with further communications between University of Sussex and University of Ghana. Overall, we found this trip very satisfying.”

By: Louise Duthie
Last updated: Wednesday, 20 November 2019