14. December 2023

Ghanaian Universities Visit Bonn Intensive dialogue held with delegation from strategic focus country

Intensive dialogue held with delegation from strategic focus country

The University of Bonn has hosted a delegation of vice-chancellors from six universities in Ghana. The summit, which was also attended by representatives from the German Rectors’ Conference, was aimed at consolidating existing partnerships and instigating new ones. In Ghana, one of the focus countries for the University of Bonn’s international cooperation, it maintains a strategic partnership with the University of Ghana, among others.

A delegation from six Ghanaian universities visited Bonn.
A delegation from six Ghanaian universities visited Bonn. - From left to right: Professor Seidu Al-Hassan, Thomas Böhm, Professor Birgit Ulrike Münch, Ursula Brandt, Professor Lydia Aziato, Professor Bill Puplampu, Professor Johnson Boampong, Tina Odenthal, Professor Rita Dickson © Volker Lannert / University of Bonn
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The University of Bonn welcomed the vice-chancellors of six Ghanaian universities for a meeting geared toward firming up their existing close cooperation, exploring new opportunities for working together and, in some cases, making new contacts. “The delegation’s visit was especially important for us because Ghana is one of eight focus countries for our international cooperation,” explains Professor Birgit Ulrike Münch, Vice Rector for International Affairs at the University of Bonn. “Having already received a delegation from the University of Ghana in Bonn in October, led by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Felix Asante, I was now particularly delighted to meet its Vice-Chancellor Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo in person. Our discussions with our guests demonstrated once again just how much potential lies in our collaboration with universities in Ghana.”

University of Bonn’s Rectorate planning Ghanaian visit

Discussions were held with Vice-Chancellor Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo regarding some specific follow-up projects, and the topics explored with the University of Ghana during its delegation’s visit to Bonn in October were addressed in more detail. Professor Amfo was especially interested in cultivating synergy effects over the next few months between the research areas covered by the Transdisciplinary Research Areas (TRAs) and those at her institution. Among other things, this is to be aided by a visit to Ghana that the University of Bonn’s Rectorate is planning for the first half of 2024.

As well as the Rectorate, the delegates also met researchers at the University of Bonn, some of whom have been collaborating with the six Ghanaian universities for many years now in fields such as medicine, development research and geography. The topics discussed included promoting early-career researchers, programs for students, new areas of collaboration, research partnerships for North-South cooperation, and working together on issues such as the impact of climate change.

The delegation comprised Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Ghana, Professor Johnson Nyarko Boampong, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Professor Bill Buenar Puplampu, Vice-Chancellor of Central University Ghana, Professor Lydia Aziato, Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, and Professor Seidu Al-Hassan, Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies. The visit formed part of a fact-finding trip organized by the German Rectors’ Conference.

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