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CIP Organises Workshop on Internationalisation of Universities in Ghana

The Centre for International Programmes (CIP) of the University of Education, Winneba held a workshop on the theme “Internationalisation of Universities in Ghana” with emphasis on Internationalisation at UEW on Wednesday 7th February, 2018 at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus, Winneba.

In his opening remarks, the Dean of CIP, Prof. Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo cited Longview Foundation, 2018 to express the purpose of the workshop being that “We seek to weave global competence into the fabric of school and teacher experiences to engage and inspire the people living in them to want to connect more meaningfully to the world” 

There were presentations from pioneers of various academies including Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins, Dean of International Programmes, University of Ghana (UG), Prof. Tiece M. Ruffin, Associate Prof. of Education and Coordinator of the K-12 Special Education, Prof. Yaw Ofusu-Kusi, former Director for International Relations and Past Dean of the Faculty of Social Science Education, UEW, and Dr. Edison Pajibo, a Researcher at the Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS), UEW.

Presenting on the topic  “Internationalisation: UEW’s Experience”, Prof. Yaw Sekyi - Baidoo said that CIP had been at the forefront of the University's internationalisation programme. 

"A number of linkages have been established with foreign universities and other institutions for mutual benefit. CIP is collaborating with other Departments to run programmes for international students while facilitating collaborative research and exchange of staff and students. In addition, CIP has teamed up with various Departments to promote and support international academic conferences and workshops". The Dean revealed. 

Associate Prof. Tiece Ruffin spoke on the topic “Faculty Internationalisation”. In her presentation, she queried whether students of UEW were prepared to traverse and thrive in today’s interconnected world or possess the requisite skills to be globally competitive in the 21st century. She recommended that 21st century students should be globally ready in order to be competitive. She added that they must have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to engage in the world effectively and responsibly. 

The third presentation was on “University Internationalisation” by Dr. Edison Pajibo. He noted that current trends of globalisation made it imperative to prepare university students with relevant knowledge and skills for the job market that could be transferred across sectors and borders through international study experiences. 

Prof. Yaw Ofosu-Kusi also presented on “Student Internationalisation”. He reiterated that internationalisation was a necessary means of “self-transformation” which  creates a relationship between Ghanaian students and their international counterparts. This enables both parties to see the world from vantage points beyond their backgrounds and cultures.

Prof  de-Graft Aikins ended the session with a presentation on the theme for the workshop “Internationalisation of Universities in Ghana”. She discussed the gaps and tensions between the theory and practice of internationalisation through three case studies: developing and managing multi-site research partnerships, supporting multi-cultural students’ communities and designing equitable mobility schemes.

Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins concluded with reflections on global best practice models for bridging the gap between internationalisation theory and practice in Ghanaian Universities. 

The workshop was chaired by Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, Acting Vice-Chancellor, UEW. Also present at the event were Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq,  Registrar, UEW, Mr. Viscount Buer, University Librarian, Mr. Andy Agordah, Senior Assistant Registrar, CIP, Deans, Heads of Department (HoDs) and Administrators of the University.