Higher Education Cooperation
Having been limited for a long time to linguistic aspects, higher education cooperation between France and Ghana has expanded since the year 2000 to include other disciplines, particularly in the fields of science. Thanks to Ghana’s academic excellence and economic growth, the country is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for French universities seeking to establish partnerships with English-speaking Africa. Institutional partnerships between the two countries allow institutions to carry out joint actions encouraging student and faculty mobility, joint research, thesis co-supervision, double degrees and support for learning French.
Many French institutions have expressed their interest or visited Ghana to establish relationships and build partnerships. These include:
|Paris Descartes University||Paris 8 University|
|Paris Diderot University||University of Versailles Saint Quentin|
|University of Angers||University of Nantes|
|Bordeaux Montaigne University||University of Caen|
|University of Lorraine||Lyon Catholic University|
|University of Pau||University of Poitiers|
|University of Bordeaux||University of Aix Marseille|
|University of Artois||University of Strasbourg|
|CNAM||Sciences Po Paris|
|Sciences Po Bordeaux||ISA Lille|
|N+I network of engineering schools||EDHEC|
|ESSEC||Ecole de Savignac|
|Galileo Global Education||CRI|
|Montpellier Business School||Toulouse Business School|
|Centrale Nantes||ICN business school|
Since 2013, the Ghana-France Higher Education Conferences have been held annually, cycling venues each year between France and Ghana, to bring together university officials in France and discuss potential avenues for cooperation that would stimulate academic mobility, joint research projects and knowledge sharing.
Aside these conferences, active collaboration with the Association of the Head of Ghanaian Public universities, Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG), has led to major progress such as the ratification of the bilateral agreement between France and Ghana for the mutual recognition of university studies and degrees. This agreement, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, now facilitates direct access for Ghanaian graduates to study in France.
In 2017, in parallel with the 4th Ghana-France Higher Education Conference, the very first “Study in France” education fair was held in Accra and Kumasi which attracted hundreds of visitors (500 in Accra and 300 in Kumasi). Higher education in France is becoming more and more attractive to Ghanaian students who appreciate the low cost of studies (in public institutions), academic excellence and the increased availability of study programmes in English (especially at the Masters level).
In June 2018, a framework agreement was signed between the French Embassy and Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG), representing Ghana’s 10 public universities.
This agreement formalises and strengthens the links between the two institutions with a view to increase cooperation in scientific exchanges and student mobility.
In November 2018, a university delegation composed of representatives from 4 Ghanaian public universities i.e. University for Development Studies (UDS), University for Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), University of Ghana (UG) and University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) will travel to Paris for the Campus France Meetings around the Francophonie. This visit to France will also be an opportunity for Ghanaian academics to meet potential academic and scientific partners in their different fields of expertise.
Finally, a series of higher education partnerships continue to strengthen the cooperation between France and Ghana over the years. Noteworthy mentions among these are:
- ISA-Lille and KNUST: combined programme and joint Bachelor-Master degree in environmental and agro-food sciences. Erasmus+ student and faculty mobility programme.
- Sciences Po Paris with UG, GIMPA and UCC: Political Science programme.
- Sciences Po Bordeaux and UG: Student mobility in Political Science.
- IFREMER, University of West Brittany and Rennes 1 University with UG: scientific training programme in earth sciences, exchange of students and professors, researcher.
- ENA and GIMPA: training programme for senior Ghanaian civil servants in public administration, faculty exchange and other training.
- ENIM and UENR: Student exchange and Dual degree.
- Paris 8 University and UG: Erasmus+ student and faculty mobility programme in digital literature.
- Toulouse Jean Jaurès University/CNRS and UG: Student and faculty mobility programme din archaeology, Thesis co-supervision.
- EPF and KNUST: Student mobility in engineering sciences.
- CEFAM and KNUST: Erasmus+ student mobility programme in digital literature.
- ESIGELEC and KNUST: Student mobility in engineering sciences.
- Paris Diderot University and UG: student mobility programme, student supervision and research in geography.
- University of Angers and Ashesi University: Linguistic and cultural stays for Ghanaian students.
Other partnerships are under discussion.
A few French students come to Ghana each year on exchange programmes in Accra, Cape Coast and Kumasi. They appreciate in particular the quality of the welcome they receive, the discovery of African culture and the mild Ghanaian climate.
The teaching of professional French in Ghanaian universities has received strong support from the Embassy, particularly through the implementation of the Priority Solidarity Fund project (Support for Training Initiatives in French as a Foreign Language 2016-2018), which has enabled expertise to be shared, pedagogical support, access to training and the digital platform and support for the doctoral school for French language studies.