Auburn University (AU) is committed to deepening collaboration with the University of Cape Coast.
To demonstrate this, AU will roll out two outreach programmes with UCC in 2018. These are Youth Camp and Annual Health Clinical Programmes.
This came to light when a two-member delegation from AU, led by the Vice-President of the University Outreach and Associate Provost of AU, Dr. Royrickers Cook, called on the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro.
According to Dr. Cook, AU was making every effort to translate the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with UCC last year into reality to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions.
Shedding lights on the forthcoming Youth Camp, a member of the delegation, Dr. Elizabeth Essamuah- Quansah, said AU would organise a Youth Camp in either June or July 2018 to target students in both the senior high and elementary schools. The purpose of the camp, according to Dr. Essamuah-Quansah, who is the Coordinator, Outreach Global of AU, was to educate the students on how to prepare variety of dishes and also enlighten them on how to make academic presentations. Again, she noted that the students would benefit from training on sanitation and hygiene.
Touching on Annual Health Clinic to be held in March 2018, Dr. Essamuah-Quansah said AU would bring students from its School of Nursing to Ghana to embark on health screening in some rural communities in the Central region. She said AU Nursing students would partner their counterparts from UCC School of Nursing to screen beneficiaries for eye and throat examinations, diabetes, hypertension,amongst other health conditions. She added that those with serious conditions would be referred to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital for further treatment.
Dr. Essamuah-Quansah indicated that AU would collaborate with the Centre for Teaching Support to equip faculty from different colleges with the requisite teaching skills. That, she said, would be done both online and onsite and indicated that participants would pay a token and receive certificate of participation at the end of the two-week course.
For his part, Prof. Oduro thanked Auburn University for the extra mile of commitment and assured the delegation that UCC would support the programme.
In a related development, the two-member delegation from Auburn University met the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Kwamena Duncan. The delegation, led by Dr. Cook, appealed to the Minister to support the upcoming Annual Health Clinic with logistics. He indicated that AU would also organise Entrepreneurship session to graduates in UCC to sensitize them on the need to set up their own businesses.
The Minister, on his part, thanked the delegation for choosing the Central Region and expressed his readiness to support the good cause by AU.