International Programmes Office Celebrates 2014 International Week

Exhibition by the Council on International Educational Exchange

The International Programmes Office of the University has organized the 2014 International Day, a celebration of cultural diversity in which UG’s diverse international student population had the opportunity to showcase their culture. This year an entire week was set aside by the International Programmes Office (IPO) to celebrate University of Ghana’s cultural diversity and efforts to internationalize. It was thus dubbed “International Week 2014”. All programmes organized during the week were open to the entire University community.

International Week started on Monday 10th March 2014 with exhibitions at the IPO forecourt. Various offices in the International House set up stands to showcase their efforts in supporting UG’s internationalization initiatives. Staff of the International Programmes Office also seized the opportunity to educate the student population on the Study Abroad opportunities that University of Ghana offers.

The highlights of International Week, took place over the weekend. On Friday 14th March 2014, a public lecture was held at the IPO seminar room on the topic “The Role of Internationalization in Quality Education and National Development”. The extremely interesting and educative lecture was delivered by Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Senior Research Fellow at Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD). He gave personal experiences and shared from his wealth of knowledge on internationalization. This lecture was chaired by Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, the Interim Provost of the College of Humanities.

A shot from the Public Lecture

The award-winning Film Twelve Years a Slave was shown after the lecture. Viewers were then given the chance to air their views on slavery, as depicted in the film.

On Saturday, 15th March 2014, international students were given the opportunity display their culture through performances, clothing and food. Needless to say, the food-tasting was one of the highlights of the programme. There was food from Japan, China, Nigeria, Germany, Kenya, Britain and Liberia. All present left with a taste of the world on their tongues. The Ghana-China Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese medical team from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital also attended the event.

Chinese Exhibition


Japanese Exhibition


An American student sampling a local Nigerian dish


The Nteasie Cultural Troupe was also present. They brought a pop of Ghanaian culture to the event with their graceful dance moves. This got several members of the audience onto the stage in a bid to emulate their skillful dance.


Students of various nationalities having a good time

The week’s celebrations were crowned with a relaxing trip to the Tsarley Korpe Beach Resort and twenty-one island zones at Ada.

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