Inauguration of French Multimedia Resource Centre at UENR [fr]
On Friday, 9th November 2018, a ceremony was organized at the University of Energy and Natural resources (UENR) in Sunyani to inaugurate the University’s new French Multimedia Resource Centre funded as part of the FSP (Priority Solidarity Fund) project, which has been set up to provide support for French language (FLE) teaching initiatives. This project, which was implemented in 2018, is an initiative of the French Embassy in collaboration with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education and has as part of its objectives, the development and support of the teaching of French for professional purposes in technical and scientific universities.
Distinguished guests present at the ceremony included Prof. Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kusi, Dean of the Faculty of Management, Science and Law, Rev. Dr. Phyllis Opare, Head of Department of Languages and General Studies, Lecturers of French at UENR, Mr. Alexandre Foulon, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Mrs. Julie Fournier-Angelo, Cooperation Attaché for French from the French Embassy, Dr Sonia Couprie, Technical Advisor for France-Ghana Higher Education Cooperation and Mr. Kevin Lemesle, the Head of the Campus France Satellite Office in Kumasi.
The inauguration ceremony was marked with rich theatre, music and dance performances from not only UENR students who are members of the University French Club but also school children from the University’s Basic School.
The teaching of French remains at the heart of the University’s curriculum. In fact, UENR is the only public University in Ghana that has made it obligatory for all students to study French during their first five semesters at the University.
The French Multimedia Centre will enable students of the University to improve on their practical knowledge of French not only in a classroom setting but also individually, with the help of digital and audiovisual resources as well as other learning equipment. This Centre will equally be open to staff of the University who show a growing interest for the language. Some lecturers, starting from Prof Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong, the Pro-Vice Chancellor himself, do not miss an opportunity to say some words in French whenever an occasion calls for it.
In his opening remarks, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of UENR, Prof Opuni-Frimpong stressed on the strategic nature of mastering the French language for future graduates of this University and the professional perspectives which stem from it. He emphasised UENR’s willingness to further develop and promote its teaching notably with the commencement of a new bachelor’s degree programme in French which welcomed its first batch of students at the beginning of the 2018/2019 academic year. He expressed his profound gratitude to the embassy for its support.
Mr. Alexandre Foulon, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs praised this commitment to French and was delighted with the prospects for the development of its teaching at UENR. He also assured the university authorities of the support of the Embassy and the “French team” to achieve their plans, including Campus France for student mobility, Alliance Française for proficiency certifications (DELF/DALF) and Expertise France for university cooperation.