Department of Environmental Science receives Equipment from the Copenhagen Business Academy, Denmark

The Department of Environmental Science of the School of Biological Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CANS) has received equipment from one of its partners in Denmark—the Copenhagen Business Academy (CPH).

The equipment include an Elix Advantage 3 water Purification System with 30L Reservoir, E-Pod Dispenser with replacements and accessories (-5x Progard Filters for Main Unit, - 5x Vent Filters for Reservoir, -4x Milipak Filters for E-Pod,  all tubing and connectors). CPH also donated an ELITE LA Chrom High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) instrument (Hitachi L-2130 pump, Hitachi L-2400 detector and Gemini 5u column) and Fujitsu Siemens Computer (for the HPLC Software), as well as licensed data collection software and assorted flasks.

Prof Hugh Komla Akotoye made the Donation on behalf of CPH.

Prof. Frederick Ato Armah, the Head of the Department of Environmental Science and Deputy Director of DRIC, who received the equipment, indicated that research plays a vital role in finding solutions to the myriad knowledge challenges facing Ghana these days in areas such as environment, health, poverty, climate and energy. With access to the proper tools, research groups at UCC will be able to conduct high-quality, effective research aimed at solving these challenges. He further stated that the University of Cape Coast must have state-of-the-art research infrastructure at its disposal if it is to be a destination of choice for international research projects as well as attract new faculty and international researchers. Top-notch research infrastructure, combined with outstanding researchers, is indispensable to the successful implementation of industrial innovation projects and the achievement of the key strategic thrusts of UCC. Prof. Armah promised that the equipment would be put to good use and maintained frequently to ensure its sustainability.

He expressed the profound gratitude of the department to the President of the Copenhagen Business Academy, Denmark, Dr. Ole Gram-Olesen for his unflinching support of the collaboration between CPH and UCC. Some faculty members of the Copenhagen Business Academy (CPH) were instrumental in the donation and shipment of the equipment. In this regard, the Department of Environmental Science is grateful to

Dr. Mikkel West-Nørager, Michael Bloch-Levermore, and Maria Baunbæk of the Environmental Technology Department as well as Henny Meldgaard Nielsen, Frederik Vilhelm Hald Hasle, and David Christensen of the International Relations Office at CPH. Special thanks go to the Vice Chancellor of UCC, Prof. Joseph Ghartey-Ampiah for approving the shipment and customs-related charges and Mr. Francis Obeng, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Finance for facilitating the payments. 

Present at the donation ceremony were faculty members in the Department of Environmental Science and the School of Biological Sciences including Prof. Hugh Komla Akotoye, Ernest K.A. Afrifa, Paul K. Essandoh, Dr. Michael Miyittah, Dr. Augustine Takase, Mrs Gertrude Dali as well as some administrative staff. Also present were graduate students and national service personnel in the Department.


Credit: Department of Environmental Sciences