5th Ghana-France Higher Education and Research Cooperation Conference [fr]
The 5th edition of the Ghana-France Higher Education and Research Conference took place on 15th October 2019 at GIMPA. It brought together 120 participants from 35 Ghanaian universities and research centres and 25 French higher education institutions and research institutes, as well as institutions related to tertiary education and research in Ghana: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, National Accreditation Board, Vice Chancellors Ghana.
In the presence of the Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Hon. Prof. Kwesi Yankah, and the Ambassador of France to Ghana, H. E. Anne Sophie AVÉ, the importance of developing the quality and the number of academic and scientific exchanges in bilateral relations between our two countries was recalled. It also involves integrating all stakeholders who can mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, financial resources and technology.
The round table discussions highlighted the mutual expectations of the French and Ghanaian partners and identified good practices and factors contributing to the success of institutional partnerships, such as the involvement of teachers in exchange programmes, the dissemination of information to students and staff, co-graduation and the implementation of joint projects, including research, in order to make the partnership a concrete part of the duration. They also stressed the importance of mobility in the development of research and the training of young researchers and the desire to develop dual-degree thesis partners.
In the afternoon, several company representatives joined participants to explore possible synergies between academia and the private sector through training, research and innovation, recruitment and the various gateways to be considered between universities and enterprises. After a series of presentations illustrating these possibilities, the One on One meetings enabled the various representatives of the Ghanaian and French institutions to meet and discuss potential partnerships.
Finally, all participants were then able to attend, at the French Ambassador’s residence, the launch of the communication campaign dubbed “Bienvenue en France”, by Campus France, which aims to promote France internationally, to young people, and to give a new impetus to the image of France as a destination for higher education by giving voice to alumni who have been able to realize their dream through their studies in France.
The #Choosefrance Education fairs took place on October 16 in Accra, at ISSER Conference hall, on the Legon campus and on October 17 in Kumasi, at the Golden Tulip Hotel. 25 higher education institutions, as well as the Alliance Française and Campus France, welcomed more than 900 students to learn about study opportunities in France. Mini presentations were also organised throughout the day to present the French institutions who attended the fair and throw more light on the programmes offered, particularly in English. Participants at these fairs were very satisfied with the contacts made and the enthusiasm of Ghanaian students for the continuation of their studies in France.