|The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. John Gyapong yesterday received an Angolan Government delegation on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor. |
The delegation, whose visit was to enhance productive academic relations between the University of Ghana and her Angolan counterparts, comprised of the Secretary of Corporations, Her Excellency Exalagina Ganboa, the Secretary of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Director for Higher Education, Science and Technology.
(Her Excellency Exalagina Ganboa conferring with Prof. John Gyapong)
One of the objectives of the visit was to set up a relationship that will enhance the exchange of knowledge in the area of fisheries and oceanography. According to the Secretary for Agriculture and Fisheries, Angola is failing to reach its full potential in fisheries due to an over-dependence on foreign expertise in running the sector. This, she said, is the reason why the Angolan government thought it prudent to establish a University for Fisheries and Oceanography to help train local expertise.
Prof. Gyapong was happy to link the delegation to the Department of oceanography in the University of Ghana, and the Regional Maritime University.
(Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, making a point prior to his meeting with the delegation)
In the area of higher learning in Science and technology, the Angolan Minister for Higher Learning, Science and Technology proposed an exchange programme between Angolan Professors and their Ghanaian counterparts to facilitate the exchange of scientific knowledge, research and innovation between the two countries. To this, Prof. Gyapong said, the University of Ghana has a well structured programme that can accommodate and facilitate the Minister's proposal. He further added that, the University of Ghana places a premium on research, training and innovation hence the setting the setting up of the Office which he heads. This he said goes to prove that Ghana and Angola do share common interests that could be mutually achieved.
Prof. Gyapong then set up a meeting between the delegates and the Director of The National Council for Tertiary Education to help them in their bid to connect with other universities.
The delegation later met with the Acting Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy at the University, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso.