The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, has met with a five-member delegation from the Jiangsu University, China, to explore further academic opportunities that would inure to the benefits of the two institutions.
In August 2014, the Jiangsu University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Cape Coast (UCC) primarily to offer half tuition scholarships to some faculty members of UCC to pursue doctoral programmes. However, some aspects in the MoU have not been given the needed attention.
To this end, the delegation, led by the Vice-President of Jiangsu University, Prof. Mei Quiang, called on the Vice-Chancellor to discuss and also look at the expansion of the collaboration to cover other areas of interest to both parties.
Speaking through an Interpreter, Prof. Quiang emphasized that Jiangsu University puts premium on internationalisation as its core development strategy to achieve its vision.As a result, he disclosed that about 400 Ghanaian students were currently pursuing graduate studies at the University and also added that this included over 10 PhD students from UCC.He announced that his University would offer scholarships to faculty members of UCC to undertake their post doctoral programmes and said that the beneficiaries would be provided the needed support to do their work.
He noted that Jiangsu University would be glad to enter into partnership with UCC in the area of scientific research to build capacities of faculty members of both universities.Touching on student exchange programme, Prof. Quiang asked UCC to present a proposal on the areas of academic disciplines it was interested to collaborate with his University. He revealed that many African students, including Ghanaians, were pursuing various academic programmes at the School of Medical Sciences of the Jiangsu University.
Addressing the delegation, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah expressed gratitude to Prof. Mei Quiang and his delegation for the visit and indicated that the collaboration would help boost the academic opportunities of the two institutions. He said UCC would study the post doctoral programmes of Jiangsu University and to determine available areas for faculty to pursue and added that the University would equally be appreciative to receive masters, PhD and post doctoral students from Jiangsu University for academic visits.
That, he noted, would be mutually collaborative to strengthen the academic ties between UCC and Jiangsu University. The Vice-Chancellor told the delegation that UCC had a reputable School of Medical Sciences (SMS) and indicated that UCC SMS was ready to share academic experiences with the SMS of Jiangsu University so as to produce quality medical professionals to enhance healthcare delivery in their respective countries.
“We have a good SMS in UCC and we would like to share experiences with you. I will be very happy to promote a strong collaboration between your SMS and UCC SMS”, Prof. Ampiah said.
Prof. Mei Quiang was accompanied on the visit by Prof. Xu Wenrong, Prof. Li Yaoming, Prof. Lin Tongjun and Jill Lee.
The Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan; the Dean of the Center for International Education (CIE), Prof. Rosemond Boohene, the Director of Academic Affairs, Mr. Jeff Onyame; a Senior Assistant Registrar at the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Georgina Asi Owusu; the Assistant Registrar at the Directorate of Public Affairs, Mr. Felix Adu-Poku and a Junior Assistant Registrar at the CIE, Mr. Alfred Ghartey, were present during the meeting.