Regional News of Sunday, 20 April 2014


UCC to introduce Forensic Science Education

The University of Cape Coast’s School of Biological Sciences will from next academic year, introduce a programme in Bachelor of Science in Biomedical and Forensic Sciences Education at the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences.

The Head of Department of Biomedical and Forensic Science, Dr. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, announced this in an interview with the media at Cape Coast after a public lecture on the “Importance of Forensic Science Education in the Contemporary world”.

The lecture, organized by the University of Cape Coast School of Biological Sciences, Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences, was under the theme: “Forensic Science and Criminal Justice”.

He said the University will collaborate with the University of Cordoba in Spain to run the programme, adding that the study of Forensic Science was very important since it helped to provide evidence in criminal cases.

Dr. Boampong pointed out that, in Africa, it was only in South African that Forensic Science Education was being pursued and with its introduction it would stop people having to travel outside the country for the course.

“The vision for the introduction of the course is to train people locally instead of them going for such training outside,” he said.

Dr. Boampong said the National Accreditation Board had given approval and the University would be accredited by next month to start it adding that the Department was adequately prepared for the programme since it has the faculty with equipment, lecturers and a well-equipped laboratory.

He said the Department would start with 30 students of which 50 percent will be Ghanaian and the rest will be foreign students and priority will be given to personnel from the security agencies.