University of Ghana Receives Delegation from Common Purpose

A group photograph taken after the reception

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu has hosted a delegation from Common Purpose, a not-for-profit organization focused on leadership development, to an interactive lunch reception at the Vice-Chancellor’s lodge. The visit to UG forms part of a one week Leadership Development programme in Ghana. 


Dr. Elsbeth Dixon, CEO of Common Purpose


The Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Francis Nunoo, welcomed the delegation to the University of Ghana and wished them a pleasant stay in the country. He also encouraged the group to take time to tour the beautiful UG campus.

The CEO of Common Purpose, Dr. Elsbeth Dixon, was grateful to the Vice-Chancellor and the University Management for the hospitality shown the group. She mentioned that Common Purpose is a global not-for-profit organization which has for about 30 years, been running leadership development programmes that inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. She emphasized that at the core of Common Purpose’s leadership development approach is the impetus to mobilize and form meaningful partnerships amongst leaders both in inter-institutional and inter-sectorial levels to tackle challenges in society more effectively.

She briefed the gathering about a recent Commonwealth Study Conference held in the United Kingdom which brought together senior leaders from diverse institutions throughout the Commonwealth. She said the visit to Ghana is a follow-up to the conference for the Senior Leaders to gain leadership insights from other leaders in Ghana. She commended the student leaders of the University, comprising the Student Representative Council (SRC), Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) and members of the Junior Common Room (JCRs) for making time to be present and to engage with the group on perspectives pertaining to leadership and development.


Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, addressing the audience


The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, extended a warm welcome to the delegation on their visit to University of Ghana and underscored the University’s assertiveness to engage external stakeholders on innovative ideas and action plans that can lead to transformation in society. The delegation presented a gift to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu.

Prof. Samuel Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, briefed the delegation about the University’s academic portfolio. He said the University of Ghana has three main campuses with a student population of over 38,000 and administrative and teaching staff of over 4000. He added that the University has regional centres across the ten regions of Ghana, established to facilitate distance learning education programmes. Prof. Samuel Kwame Offei was hopeful that the interactions would be beneficial to both parties.

On her part, Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins, Dean of International Programmes, cited the stellar performance of the University of Ghana in the global university rankings published by Times Higher Education (THE) which placed the University at the 7th position on the African Continent. She noted that University represents and supports the idea of blending the expertise of leaders to purposefully bring about desired development. She expressed the hope that UG student leaders would have the opportunity in the near future to participate the Leadership Programmes organized by Common Purpose to enrich their learning experiences.

Other UG officials present at the event were Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Daniel Asiedu, Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS), Mr. Enoch Amartey, Director of Academic Affairs and Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, Director of Public Affairs.


Student leaders interacting with officials of Common Purpose