|The University of Ghana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) under which it would support the new University to “start and grow to maturity”.|
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, and the Registrar, Mr. J. M. Budu, signed on behalf of the University of Ghana, whilst Prof. Fred Binka, Vice-Chancellor, and Mr. K. Siabi-Mensah, Registrar, signed on behalf of the University of Health and Allied Sciences.
Under the Agreement, the University of Ghana shall provide support to UHAS in several areas such as training of faculty up to MPhil and PhD levels, training of specialists in clinical disciplines, training and development of technical staff and research assistants, and preparation and review of course syllabuses.
Prof.. Fred Binka (left) in discussions with Prof. Ernest Aryeetey
The Agreement, in addition to facilitating the release or secondment of staff from the University of Ghana to the University of Health and Allied Sciences, would also promote the sharing of facilities such as library and information resources and laboratories.
In his introductory remarks, Prof. Aryeetey noted that the University of Ghana had been working closely with the University of Health and Allied Sciences since its inception albeit informally, for which reason the MOU would formalize those relationships.
The Chairman of the Interim Council of UHAS, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, noted that the signing of the MOU as marked a very important step for the growth of the UHAS. He therefore expressed immense gratitude to Council and Management of the University of Ghana and in particular, to the Vice-Chancellor for making this possible. He hoped that the University of Ghana would continue to be of support until such time that the UHAS was able to stand on its feet.
After signing of the MOU the two parties discussed the necessity of adopting a joint programme of action which should additionally indicate areas for governmental support such as provision of equipment.
The two Vice-Chancellors exchanging copies of the MOU signed. Prof. John Gyapong (extreme right)
Other officials who witnessed the ceremony were the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. John Gyapong, and the Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa from the University of Ghana, whilst the University of Health and Allied Sciences was also represented by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. E. K. Wiredu, and Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr. G. K. Norgbe.
The UHAS, whose programmes in the fields of health and allied sciences are scheduled to begin this academic year, has two campuses at Ho and Hohoe in the Volta Region.