CIP Organises Orientation for 23 International Students

The Centre for International Programmes (CIP) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) on Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 held an orientation for 23 international students from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and Norwegian University of Science and Technology at the Registrar’s Conference room, North Campus, Winneba.

The orientation was aimed at enlightening and equipping the students with basic knowledge that would help them settle into their studies quickly and enjoy their stay at the university.

Dean of CIP, Prof. Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo

In his welcome address, the Dean, CIP, Prof. Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo, who spoke on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni welcomed the students and encouraged them to feel at home in the friendly environment of the University and the country. He added that UEW is keen on building and strengthening partnership with universities both continentally and globally.

The Senior Assistant Registrar, CIP, Mr. Andy Agordah, gave a presentation of UEW at a Glance. This showcased the university with all the campuses, faculties and centres. 

Mr. Andy Agordah during his presentation

The Assistant Inspector of Immigration, Ghana Immigration, Effutu Municipal, Mr. Joe Daah, charged the foreign students to obey all immigration laws. He advised them to comply with and renew their residential permits in order to make their stay in the country peaceful. He also encouraged them to visit the immigration office for any clarifications and information when the need arises.

A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology Education, UEW, Mrs. Christiana Ammah presented on culture shocks and stressed the need to describe, interpret, verify and evaluate new cultures before providing subjective views. She noted that as international students, they should try as much as possible to learn to build intercultural relationships with their immediate culture.

With regard to security, the Assistant Security Officer, Mr. Kwame Opare Danso who spoke on behalf of the Director, Directorate of Security Services, Mr. Bartholomew Alubokin, took the students through some measures to keep them safe during their stay on campus. He further advised them to be wary of venturing into obscured places and dealing with drivers without UEW stickers on campus.

A Lecturer, Department of Home Economics Education and the Coordinator of the Food Production Unit Restaurant (FPU), UEW, Mrs. Joana Antwi Donkor, made a presentation on behalf of the Ag. Head, Department of Home Economics Education, Prof. Phyllis Foster. She introduced them to some Ghanaian dishes and cautioned them to be mindful of the foods they eat in and around Winneba.

The Credit Officer, Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), Mr. William Marnon-Halm and the Head, Zenith Bank, Mr. Jerry John Otchere both of Winneba Branches, educated the students on the standard procedures of their respective banks regarding foreign exchange, visa operations and money withdrawal. They educated students on the essence of opening bank accounts with their respective banks.

A Senior Assistant Librarian, Mr. Theophilus Fiawotofor, who spoke in lieu of the University Librarian, Mr. Viscount Buer explained the various library services available to the international students especially the online services. These services included the WINNOPAC database as well as the electronic library.  He also advised them to make good use of the library during their stay on campus.

The Ag. Director of Health Services, UEW, Dr. Beth Offei-Awuku highlighted some measures to preserve good and healthy life on campus. She advised the students to be mindful of the weather conditions in the country and also tasked them to exercise regularly.

Immigration Officers from the Ghana Immigration Service, Effutu Municipality

Other University officials that were present included the Senior Assistant Registrar, Student Affairs, Mr. Israel Fugar; lecturers Mrs. Florence Akua Mensah and Dr. Anthony Mensah from the Department of Special Education; and Assistant Security Officer (ASO), Security Services, UEW, Ms. Angelina Asieduaa Siaw.

Also present were the Winneba Branch Manager, GCB, Mr. Godwill Senaye; Assistant Superintendent of Immigration, Esther Osaebea Okai; Assistant Immigration Control Officer, Mrs. Vivian Sedzro from the Winneba Branch of the Ghana Immigration Service.