International partnerships

Sussex-Ghana Strategic Fund

The University of Sussex and the University of Ghana have launched a strategic fund to support staff mobility, with the aim of pooling resources to develop joint research with global impact, advance innovative teaching and internationalise professional services.

The fund builds on the successes of existing collaborations with the University of Ghana, which is the oldest and largest university in Ghana, the leading university in West Africa and one of the foremost research institutions on the African continent. In addition to many individual links, a number of Sussex schools and research centres already work in partnership with the University of Ghana, including the School of Education and Scoial Work, the Sussex Africa Centre, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, Centre for International Education, the STEPS Centre, and the Institute of Development Studies.

Under the Sussex-Ghana Partnership on Improving Basic Education Systems in Africa, collaboration between the School of Education and Social Work at Sussex and the College of Education at the University of Ghana has ensured the second successful International Conference on Education Research for Development (ICERDA). The partnership has also seen the development of teacher education programmes, collaborative research and academic exchange. It was praised by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a model for building regional centres of excellence.

Both institutions also benefit from arrangements for undergraduate research training, summer schools and study tours. In 2016 they co-hosted a high-profile panel discussion in partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education on Global North-South HE Collaboration and in 2017, a panel discusion on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Further details for Sussex staff are available on the International Partnership Development Fund page.