UCC Renews Collaboration with University of New England

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the University of New England (UNE), United States of America, have resolved to renew the collaboration between the two institutions. The earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed between the two institutions in 2008, centered in the areas of public health practice, research interests and collaborative clinical care since 2008. In a bid to reactivate the MoU between the two institutions, two officials from UNE led by Dr. Jennifer Morton paid a courtesy call on the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro. Welcoming the officials, Prof. Oduro said the University as part of its internationalisation agenda was committed towards establishing as well as strengthening partnership with institutions across the world that would contribute positively to both partners. “The Vice-Chancellor’s agenda is to firm up the internationalisation agenda of the University by establishing mutual beneficial relationships that will help project our University and partner institutions,” he stressed. Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Morton said UNE had partnered UCC Hospital over the years to embark on a project dubbed “Ghana Health Immersion” at Sekondi in the Western Region. She said faculty and students from UNE join staff of the UCC Hospital and community health outreach workers from the Assemblies of God Church in Sekondi to provide health care to some communities in the Western Region Dr. Morton noted that it was important to review the MoU to bring on board the School of Nursing and the Department of Population and Health in order to expand the scope of work of the partnership. “Our students learn a lot when they come to Ghana and they are eager to learn more about what happens in Africa,” she added. She indicated that they were ever ready to also welcome UCC faculty and students to the US for a similar exercise. Trisha Mason from UNE Service Learning said students and faculty report every year of the life changing experience that they had gained at the personal and professional level. She noted that in 2016, the students learned copious amounts of knowledge from their Ghanaian health professionals especially the UCC team. She noted that the experiences they gained puts them ahead of their student counterparts in terms of tropical disease knowledge and cultural competency. Present at the meeting were the Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Prof. Dora Edu-Buandoh; the Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, Prof. Kofi Awusabo-Asare; Dean of the Centre for International Studies, Prof. Rosemond Boohene. Others included the Director of Academic Affairs, Mr. Jeff Onyame; the Director of Public Affairs, Major Kofi Baah-Bentum(rtd) and Mr. Kobina Esia-Donkoh, a senior lecturer at the Department of Population and Health.