University of Ghana Marks Impact Week 2019

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The University of Ghana in collaboration with Nestle Ghana has marked Impact week 2019, at the Cedi Conference Centre, University of Ghana. The week was celebrated from November 26-29, 2019 to discuss measures in delivering innovative ideas and solutions to challenges facing communities.

Prof. Daniel K. Asiedu, Provost, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, (CBAS) in welcoming participants, expressed his excitement about the collaboration of the University with other institutions intended to enhance the capacity of members, especially one that influences innovation and entrepreneurship. Prof. Asiedu urged participants to take advantage of the training and imbibe the concepts and modules. He expressed appreciation to the various sponsors of the programme which included the team from Nestle, Lufthansa Group, Brussels Airlines, Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) among others for their collaboration to impact the world positively.

In a brief statement, the Managing Director of Nestle Ghana, Philomena Tan expressed excitement about the maiden edition of the Impact week 2019 in Ghana. She indicated that Nestle as a partner was delighted to be associated with inspiring innovation and nurturing talents through design thinking process. She hinted of the company’s intention to award the University of Ghana a grant to the tune of CHF 600,000, equivalent to 3.4 Million Ghana Cedis, in addition to sponsoring master's thesis, adding that this forms part of the company's global youth initiative. She further charged the students present to seize the opportunity to generate ideas and think aloud.

Mr. Joern Bruecker, Nestle Swiss and Ms. Christine Wenzel, the Impact Week Lead performed the official opening of the programme.

In a related development, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday, November 29, 2019 to aid students in practical learning activities in the area of Food, Science and Technology. The agreement was signed by Prof. Christoph Hartwann, Head of Academic Alliances, Nestle Research; Céline Worth, Assistant Vice President of Nestlé; Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs and Prof. George O. Nkansah, Director, Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST).

In brief remarks, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor expressed her joy at the level of engagement which has yielded fruits after a year of partnership. She added that the University of Ghana was ready to support the project.

Prof. Christoph Hartwann who is the Head of Academic Alliances, Nestlé Research, mentioned that the focus of the project is to find solutions to the challenges in the area of Food and Nutrition. He added that Nestlé Ghana Limited will help to enhance the quality of health to contribute to a healthy future.

The Assistant Vice President of Nestlé, Céline Worth, encouraged all to be committed in ensuring excellence towards the successful outcome of the project.

Officials from Nestlé Ghana present at the signing ceremony were Mrs. Audrey Essilfie, Nutrition Health and Wellness Manager and Mrs. Deborah Kwablah, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Manager.

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Dr. Matilda Essandoh Laar, Lecturer, Family and Consumer Science; Dr. Sharon Affrifah, Lecturer, Food Process Engineering; Dr. Henry O. Sintim, Research Fellow, IAST; Mr. Michael Portuphy, Research Development Officer, College of Basic and Applied Sciences and Mrs. Rodarling Neequaye, Assistant Registrar, IAST represented the University of Ghana.