Pro-Vice-Chancellor Receives Korean Team of Experts on Ghana-Korean Impact Project

A Korean team of experts on Tuesday April 20, 2021, called on the Pro Vice-Chancellor (RID), Prof. Felix Ankomah Asante. The purpose of the meeting was to ​brief Senior Management of the University of Ghana on the Second Indepth Survey which forms part of the last stages before the commencement of Ghana-Korea Centre of Excellence for Research and ICT Project ( GK-Impact).The project involves constructing an iconic building for the Centre for Asian Studies and creating the enabling environment for collaborating with Korea and Asia. It will also accommodate e-learning facilities to deepen and consolidate the University’s e-learning capabilities. The grant for the project has been approved by the Korean Government through KOICA and is valued at a little over US$9million.

The Director of the Center for Asian Studies, Dr. Lloyd Amoah, who is co-ordinating the project,  disclosed that the project is intended to bridge the gap between Africa and Asia through research and facilitate e-learning, which has the potential of becoming a post-covid norm for research, teaching and learning.

The Deputy Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency, Ms. Jeongyi Choi, outlined the programme of activities for the Indepth Survey which will involve an eight-day working visit to the University. She indicated that the survey would kick off with an Inception meeting with all key stakeholders on the project. The survey is expected to further fine tune the project and narrow down on fine details covering technical, personnel, financial and other matters.

Representing the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (ORID), Prof. Felix Asante, congratulated Dr. Lloyd Amoah on leading the project on behalf of the University and thanked the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for partnering with the University to initiate the project.

The Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, was happy about how the ICT and e-learning technologies were going to facilitate learning and looked forward to the sustainability of the project.

Country Director of KOICA, Mr. Moo Heon Kong, expressed the interest of Korea and KOICA in supporting the project as part of their efforts to enhance partnership between Korea and Ghana.

Other members of the KOICA team present at the meeting were Prof.. Soo Jin Park, Director, Seoul National University Asian Centre, Ms. Hyunduck Kim, Architecture and Construction Lead, Ms. Jihye Kim, Monitoring and Evaluation and Administrative Support and Mr. Sungsoo Kang, E-Learning Support and Ms. Elizabeth Adote, Programme Officer.

The University of Ghana team comprised the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (ORID), Prof. Felix Asante; Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Daniel Ofori; the Director of the Center for Asian Studies, Dr. Lloyd G. Adu Amoah, and the Acting Director of Public of Affairs, Ms. Eccles Andoh