Ghana and France strengthen educational cooperation during a week of higher education events
From 3rd to 6th of October, educational ties were further strengthened between France and Ghana through a series of flagship events
4th Ghana-France Higher education conference
The annual higher education meetings began in Accra on the 3rd of October at the Golden Tulip Hotel and at the University of Ghana. This year, marking the fourth edition of such institutional exchanges, over 80 delegates from Ghanaian and French institutions met to deliberate on issues bordering on the economic dimension of higher education cooperation, French language and Francophonie, and on the review of existing innovative partnerships and prospects for stronger and broader cooperation.
Among dignitaries present were the French ambassador to Ghana, H.E. François Pujolas, the Minister of State in charge of tertiary education, Hon. Prof. Kwesi Yankah, the Global Director of Marketing and Scholarships - Campus France, Mr. Olivier Chiche-Portiche and the Chairman of Vice-Chancellors Ghana (VCG), Prof. Gabriel Ayum-Teye. They stressed the importance of developing true partnerships and mobility between institutions of the two countries, bearing in mind the necessary balance and reciprocity of exchanges. They also emphasized the necessity to teach professional French at university level, especially in scientific and technical disciplines, as it is an integration factor for Ghana in its surrounding francophone political and economic environment.
There was also a high-level meeting between VCG and representatives from Campus France Paris to explore other avenues for inter-institutional cooperation, followed by bilateral meetings between the French delegation and corresponding departments at the University of Ghana.
France Alumni Ghana is launched
During an evening cocktail on the 3rd of October, Ghanaian Alumni of French institutions joined H.E. François Pujolas at a cocktail held at his residence to launch the France Alumni Ghana platform. This platform is an online social and professional network that will bring together all Ghanaians who have previously lived in France for academic or professional reasons. There are already about 250 registered members and it is expected that about 800 more alumni would join the network in the near future.
Discussions are already underway to establish an alumni association that would be led by the likes of Dr. Eric Graham, former chair of Alliance Française and radio personality and women right activist, Mrs. Anita Erskine, both of whom were present at the event to share their personal experiences in France while enjoining all eligible persons to make the most of this initiative to enjoy the numerous advantages the platform comes with.
Besides being a professional social network or Internet site, the ambassador was quick to note that the platform adds value in economic, cultural and linguistic contexts as it creates links between alumni and Ghanaian students in France. “It is therefore an impetus to the cooperation between France and Ghana” he added.
Speaking about the platform, Mr. Chiche-Portiche of Campus France encouraged guests to join the platform for the multicultural connections it affords to members, since one can easily connect with other alumni not only in Ghana, but in different parts of the world.
1st Study in France Fair
For the first time in Ghana, an education fair promoting studies in France and highlighting French higher education was held on the 4th of October in Accra and two days later in Kumasi. In Accra, over 500 students, professionals, educationists and a variety of profiles trooped to the One Airport Square to meet more than a dozen universities and specialized schools from different parts of France. Specialisations in political science, engineering, arts, IT and business were on display, coupled with spotlight seminars during which each of the exhibiting institutions had the opportunity to give a general but thorough overview of the peculiar offers and procedures regarding their respective institutions.
Numerous students expressed their satisfaction with the organisation and looked forward to future events of this nature.
In Kumasi, more than 300 people attended the Study in France Education Fair at the KNUST Great Hall on Friday 6th October. About one third of the visitors were from senior high schools in and around Kumasi. In spite of the bad weather that morning, they seized the golden opportunity to find out more about the schools and universities exhibiting and general information about studying in France.