ISA Lille expands its cooperation with Ghana
Spurred by the success of its joint Bachelor/Master program at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), the Lille Higher Institute of Agriculture (ISA Lille) deepens its cooperation in Ghana by signing a partnership agreement with the University of Ghana-Legon for joint actions including research, as well as students and faculty exchange in the field of agricultural sciences.
The University of Ghana and ISA Lille, a French Graduate School of Agriculture and Bioengineering, have signed a new MOU to establish a partnership for collaborative actions between them including research, student and faculty exchanges in the field of agricultural sciences.
ISA Lille, represented by Mrs Florence Malaise, its Head of International Relations, was received by Prof Samuel Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA). He was supported by Prof Daniel Asiedu, Provost of the College for Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS); Dr Boniface Kayang, Acting Dean of the School of Agriculture, and Dr Stephen Narh, Head of the Soil and Irrigation Research Centre at University of Ghana.
During a brief signing ceremony, Mrs Malaise expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome by the UG side. She added that she was confident in the quality of education and research provided at the University of Ghana citing her contact with an excellent UG alumnus currently enrolled at ISA Lille. In her view, cooperation with UG will be a golden opportunity for the exchange of experts and know-how between France and Ghana in various fields of agricultural science and agronomics. Indeed, the first exchange will begin in March 2017 when ISA Lille will host Dr Narh in France as a Visiting Professor in Crop Modelling.
From left to right: Mr Leslie Mills, Dr Sonia Couprie, Prof Daniel Asiedu, Dr Eric Cornelius, Mrs Florence Malaise, Prof Samuel Offei, Prof Boniface Kayang, Mr Benedict Adjei, Mr Daniel Hormeku
The Pro-Vice Chancellor praised the initiative saying that it was necessary to have more active partnerships with France beyond the scope of language learning. Prof Asiedu, Provost CBAS, remarked that the partnership fell in line with the strategic plan of the university and expressed his College’s readiness to facilitate the relationship with ISA Lille.
The MOU was then signed by the Pro-Vice Chancellor (ASA) for the UG side and Mrs Malaise appended her signature as witness for ISA Lille. Mrs Malaise was also presented some gifts from the Pro Vice Chancellor and the International Programmes Office.
Following the signing of the MOU, Mrs Malaise had a productive Institutional Meeting with faculty of the School of Agriculture to discuss strategies for deeper collaboration and exchange of staff, students and research between both institutions.
This agreement takes place three years after the establishment of a partnership between ISA Lille and Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology (KNUST); a successful project offering students the opportunity to obtain a Franco-Ghanaian double degree while completing their masters in 5 years (instead of 6).
From left; Top: Mr Daniel Hormeku (Assistant Registrar, IPO), Dr Jonathan Anaglo (HOD, Agricultural Extension), Leslie Mills (Executive Assistant), Mr Kofi Yeboah (School Administrator), Dr Stephen Narh (Head, SIREC), Dr Alfred Asuming-Boakye (Head, FOHCREC)
Bottom: Prof Boniface Kayang (Acting Dean of School of Agriculture), Mrs Florence Malaise (ISA Lille), Dr Sonia Couprie (Technical Advisor, French Embassy), Dr Irene Egyir (HOD, Agric Economics), Dr Eric Cornelius (HOD, Crop Science)