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School of Agriculture Organises Seminar on Scholarship Opportunities at Ghent University

The School of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, has organised a seminar for students and national service personnel on scholarship opportunities available at the Masters and PhD levels at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBE), Ghent University, Belgium.

The Dean, the School of Physical Sciences, Prof. David K. Essumang who represented the Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Prof. Livingstone K. Sam-Amoah, noted that UCC was keen on achieving its internationalisation agenda.  As a result, he said the University would do everything possible to create opportunities for its faculty and students to have international exposure. “We are guided by four ‘Es’ in the University’s Corporate Strategic Plan that is Empowerment, Excellence, Equal Opportunity and Ethical Behaviour” he noted.

Prof. Essumang said the University was expecting the collaboration to be formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to serve as a working document to guide the relationship. “We are not only interested in sending faculty and students to Ghent University but we expect to receive faculty and students from Ghent University on exchange programme,” he noted. He expressed gratitude to the officials from the Ghent University for extending such opportunities to students of UCC.

The Dean of the School of Agriculture, Prof. Elvis Asare-Bediako, asked the students to take advantage of the scholarships being offered by Ghent University to upgrade themselves.  He advised them to be good ambassadors of the University when they got the opportunity to study abroad.The Coordinator of the Seminar, Prof. Daniel T. A. Okae-Anti, explained that the team was on campus because of the outstanding performance of a student from UCC School of Agriculture, who pursued M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources at Ghent University and graduated in September, 2018. He encouraged the students to interact with the team from Ghent University by asking all the relevant questions to enhance their chances of benefitting from the programmes and scholarships on offer.

Two officials from the International Training Centre of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBE, Ghent University), Anne-Marie De Winter and Michel Flement made presentations on their University.  Anne-Marie De Winter told the students that there were scholarship opportunities at the FBE at the Masters and Doctoral Levels.  The FBE is one of the top ranked institutes of the world acclaimed Ghent University.

She said the Faculty was receiving applications for students to pursue Master of Science in the following programmes: Aquaculture, Food Technology, Rural Development, Physical Land Resources, Nutrition and Rural Development, Environmental Technology and Engineering, Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management and Soils and Global Change (IMSOGLO).  She explained the admission requirements for the programmes on offer, scholarship package and application procedure among others.

The students and national service personnel present at the seminar asked diverse questions on the presentations and were given the possibility to enquire about admissions and scholarship opportunities through: applications.itc@ugent.be, phd.itc@ugent.be, Annemarie.dewinter@ugent.be and Michel.flement@ugent.be.