Sixteen Students from the India National Defence College have interacted with the management of the University at the Academic Board Chamber.
The students led by Air Vice Marshall B. V. Ubadhaya, were on campus as part of their studies to learn about national and international security, current security matters in Ghana. It was also to afford them the opportunity to get an insight into how Ghana has been a stable democracy in Africa. India and Ghana established a bilateral relationship since 1957 and therefore, the visit was also meant to further deepen that cooperation.
The Indian students were taken through an overview of the University by the Director of Academic Affairs, Mr. Jeff T. Onyame.
Answering questions from the students, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, said students complete the University's Distance programme from four to six years for the undergraduate level as against four by regular students with a completion and success rate of about 70 percent.
Prof. Ampiah also indicated that the University has an all-encompassing collaboration with a number of institutions around the world, saying for example that recently, another was signed between the University and the University of Gujarat in the area of Forensic Sciences.
The Vice-Chancellor said the University has been collaborating with governmental agencies by engaging experts and practitioners to run programmes on Peace and Conflict and other related courses that bother on security. “We cooperate with the Police, National Peace Council to help and advise the government on national security”, he added.
On Information, Communication and Technology (I. C. T.), he said the Indian authorities recently asked the University to send 15 students to be trained in various fields in I. C. T. in India and also some students are currently in University of Gujarat for Ph.D. training.
He also announced that approval has been given by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to set a cybersecurity laboratory in UCC saying “we are leveraging on that and in a few years, you will see the fruits from this”.
Prof. Ampiah mentioned that India has a huge capacity and experience in the field of Pharmacy and, therefore, the University would take advantage of that and seek collaboration for the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Present at the meeting were the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh, the Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan, some Provosts, Deans, Directors, and Heads of Department.