Delegation from University of Sheffield Pays Courtesy Call on Vice-Chancellor

A delegation from the University of Sheffield, England, has paid a courtesy call on the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu. The delegation was made up of Ms. Daniella Bertrand, Department of Global Engagement, University of Sheffield, Dr. Majella Kilky, Department of Sociological Studies, Ms. Stephanie Short, Director, Sydney Agency of Migration Centre, University of Sydney, Prof. Louise Ryan, Professor, Sociology Department, University of Sheffield; Ms Dalcie Debevec, PHD student, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta and Mr. Kwaku Owusu, Student, University of Sheffield.

The Dean of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Prof. Lydia Aziato who accompanied the delegation, recounted that she visited the University of Sheffield  some years back where she met Dr. Majella who was then leading another project. She disclosed that Sheffield University was conducting a research into Health Care Migrants, a project Dr. Majella was working on. She therefore decided to be a part of the project adding that they partnered with the Centre for Migration Studies on the said project. She indicated that the first workshop was held at the University of Sheffield. Their current visit to the University was for the second phase of the workshop.

Welcoming the delegation, Prof. Andrew Anthony Adjei, Coordinator, Vice- Chancellor’s Strategic Teams, noted that following an earlier visit to Sheffield in March 2019, there have been a lot of opportunities and collaborations with Sheffield University, particularly the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Prof. Adjei disclosed that as part of the Vice-Chancellor’s mission and vision of Global Engagement, many collaborations with partners in Europe and Australia have ensued. He added that two years ago, the team visited the University of Sydney where he had the opportunity to speak with the Vice-Chancellor who expressed the desire to foster a relationship with the University particularly in the area of research, faculty exchange and joint PHD supervision.

Dr. Majella Kilky in brief remarks expressed appreciation to the University and the research partners for the collaboration. She indicated that the research involves multiple organisations hence the need to involve policy makers.

In her remarks, Prof. Louise Ryan noted that she had conducted numerous researches with the World Health Organisation and International Organisation for Migration adding that policies and protocols including the guidelines from World Health Organisation on the African Recruitment of Health Professionals are relevant to the research. She indicated that one of the goals of the research is to find out the rate at which local health professionals migrate to wealthier countries like Australia or United Kingdom who recruit highly skilful professionals.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, expressed immense appreciation to the delegation for the visit. He indicated that at the Institutional level, two or more institutions could collaborate to find solutions to common world problems to create a better world. He advocated the need to think about the future so that the seed sown today will yield good fruits for the next generation. He encouraged both institutions to endeavour to maintain this partnership in order to promote excellence.

Present from the University of Ghana were Dr. Ibrahim Bedi, Acting Director of Internal Audit, Dr. Cecilia Eliason, Lecturer, Department of Adult Health, Dr. Lillian Akorfa Ohene, Department of Community Health Nursing, Mrs. Mammie Nortey, Research Development Officer, Mr. Eric Tornu, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Ms. Belinda Quaye, Student, University of Ghana.


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