Mexican Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Calls on the Vice-Chancellor

Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu and Ambassador Julian Ventura Valero

The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Mexico, Ambassador Julian Ventura Valero, accompanied by Her Excellency Maria de los Angeles Arriola Aguirre, Mexican Ambassador to Ghana, has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu. The call was a follow up to an earlier visit by a delegation from the University of Ghana led by Prof. Samuel Agyei Mensah, Provost, College of Humanities who visited some universities in Mexico in 2017 to explore opportunities for collaboration.

In brief remarks, Prof. Agyei Mensah gave an overview of the existing relationship between the University of Ghana and Mexico and disclosed that the University has collaborated with some Universities in Mexico for exchange programmes for some time now. This partnership according to the Provost, has mutually benefited students from both nations, helped in transmitting knowledge and fostered academic excellence.

Prof. Samuel Agyei Mensah (Centre) giving some brief remarks

Ambassador Valero in his remarks expressed appreciation for the warm reception and was delighted to visit the University as part of his two-day visit in the country. He recounted that in order to strengthen the bilateral relations existing between the two nations, education has been selected as one of the core areas. He therefore deemed it prudent to call on the Vice-Chancellor to register Mexico’s profound interest in the partnership which promises to benefit both countries in the long run. He stressed that Mexico was pleased to work with a prestigious and highly esteemed institution like the University of Ghana and was hopeful that the collaboration will yield fruitful results.                 

Mr. Valero reported that the Mexican government in partnership with the University of Ghana is working to improve food security and crop yield in some selected variety of crops such as corn.

In a bid to satisfy the United Nations framework, Ambassador Valero said both nations are working on climate change initiatives for the benefit of Africa and Latin America and added that Ghanaian students will benefit from a number of scholarships.

Other Members of the Mexican delegation

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu expressed gratitude for the cooperation that has existed between the University of Ghana and some Mexican Universities and pledged the University’s support in strengthening the existing bond which he believed will blossom with time. His main concern was how the thorny issue of aflatoxins that attack various agricultural crops could be tackled effectively.

Other members of the Mexican delegation included Mr. Felipe Gonzalez Lugo and Mr. Marcos Moreno Baez.

UG Officials present at the event

Also present at the meeting were Prof. Andrew Anthony Adjei, Coordinator, Worldwide Universities Network; Dr. Ibrahim Bedi, Ag. Director, Internal Audit; Ms. Eccles A. Andoh and Mrs. Mavis Osafo Adu both Assistant Registrars at the University of Ghana.