ParisTech visits Ghana as part of the ADESFA Programme [fr]
Representatives of four schools under ParisTech – AgroParisTech, Chimie ParisTech, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, and Mines ParisTech, winners of the call for projects “Supporting the development of French higher education in Africa (ADESFA)” from the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs with the project “French-African Cooperation for Engineering in Africa (FACEA)” came to Ghana from 19 to 24 January 2020.
They came to meet their Ghanaian partner universities; Kwame Nkrumah of Science and Technology in Kumasi, and the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa, to define the different areas of their collaborations; student and faculty exchange, hosting of doctoral students, capacity building, executive training, research, etc.
In Kumasi, the delegation from ParisTech met with the Vice Chancellor and representatives of the Colleges of Science, Agriculture, and Engineering, as well the International Programmes Office. The delegation was also able to visit the two Centers of Excellence specialized in water and sanitation; the Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre (RWESCK), and in transport, the Regional Transport Research and Education Centre, Kumasi (TRECK).
An information session on ParisTech was organized in which the representatives from ParisTech were able to meet about 250 lecturers and students from the departments of Science and Engineering. Several pertinent and constructive questions were asked by the students. Finally, the delegation was also able to visit the KNUST Business Incubator and had the opportunity to meet some of the companies in the incubator and students supported by their innovative projects.
In Tarkwa, the Vice Chancellor, heads of faculties, and representatives from the International Programmes Office warmly welcomed the delegation from ParisTech before proposing a campus tour and a visit to several laboratories recently equipped by the University (water, air, chemistry, geotechnical, mineralogical, oil, mechanical, robotic analysis, etc.). This was followed by a presentation of ParisTech in the presence of all the lecturers in the university and this resulted in very constructive exchanges.
In Accra, the delegation also met with private sector partners as well as the Economic and Cooperation Offices of the Embassy.
Ghanaian partners are expected to visit schools in ParisTech next June as part of the ADESFA programme to participate in workshops.