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Diasporian News of Friday, 6 June 2014

Source: Embassy of France

2nd Ghana France Higher Education Conference

The Embassy of France in Ghana and the Vice Chancellors Ghana Association, in collaboration with the Institut Français of Ghana, Campus France and the Conference of French University Presidents, will organize the 1st Ghana Information Day and the 2nd Ghana France Higher Education Conference, in Paris on June 10 and 11 of 2014.

After the 1st Ghana France Higher Education Conference that took place in June 2013 in Accra, France and Ghana have decided to develop their relations in academic cooperation. The objectives, the French and Ghanaian delegations wish to achieve in the coming years, are the following: - to develop the mobility of French and Ghanaian students, - to launch joint research projects for development, - to strengthen academic partnerships between Ghanaian and French universities, - to mobilize new funding sources, in particular European funds thanks to the new Erasmus + program.

Tuesday, June 10 at the Alliance Française of Paris, the representatives of French higher educational institutions will present the recent developments in the Ghanaian higher education system. This first day will also be the opportunity for the delegations to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

25 French universities will be presented to meet with representatives of nine public universities in Ghana (UG , KNUST , UCC , UDS , UENR , UMAT , UHAS , UPSA , UEW ), and in addition GIMPA and Ashesi University College.

During the second day, Wednesday June 11 at the Conference of University Presidents, Ghanaian and French universities will have the opportunity to discuss, among others, the creation of three doctoral schools in Ghana (Mathematics, IT Sciences, Letters and French literature), joint programs and equivalence of diplomas, issues in education and e -learning, and teaching of French in Ghanaian universities.

Ghanaian delegation led by the President of the Ghana Association of Vice -Chancellors, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana, is composed of 25 representatives of nine public universities, representatives of GIMPA, Ashesi University College, NAB and Get Fund.

The development model of Ghana is based on political and institutional stability. For over 20 years, the functioning of its political institutions is an example across the continent. In addition, Ghana has experienced significant economic growth in recent years and this development requires the training of highly qualified staff in all fields. Cooperation with foreign higher education institutions is one of the ways chosen by Ghana to meet this challenge.

The mobility of Ghanaian students in France is increasing, especially at Bachelor and Master Levels. In the academic year of 2012-2013, 268 Ghanaian students were enrolled in French universities or institutions. The developing partnerships between French and Ghanaians universities aim at facilitating this mobility (UG - Science Po Paris, GIMPA - ENA, UDS Tamale - Sup Agro Montpellier, KNUST - South Paris University, UG / UEW / UCC / KNUST - University of Strasbourg).

Higher education and research are the priority sectors of the French cooperation in Ghana. The two following days will be devoted to the visit of French universities.

Attached: Agenda and list of the Ghanaian delegation

Contact: Delphine ADENOT-OWUSU

Press Officer

Embassy of France