UNICAEN strengthens its cooperation with Ghana [fr]
The Université of Caen-Normandy has for years been welcoming cohorts of students from Ghanaian universities to deepen their skills in French language and history as part of their « Year abroad» during their studies. If that flow of students was not subject to interuniversity agreements, UNICAEN has decided to reinforce and formalise its cooperation with Ghana.
Following 2 missions in Ghana in 2018 and 2019 in the framework of Students Fairs and university forums organised by Campus France and the Embassy of France to Ghana, UNICAEN now takes part in 2 programs led by the Embassy.
The first allows Ghanaian graduates to be granted scholarships to pursue their studies in second or third cycle in a French university. In that framework, we welcomed in 2019 Gervase B., who receive a two-year scholarship to read a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language (FLE) and Grace A., reading a PhD in Language Sciences co-supervised by Pierre Larrivée and Kofi Adu Manyah. Previously a student at UNICAEN (in DUEF then Master degree in FLE) and currently a teacher within the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Grace will alternate 6 months in France and 6 months in Ghana over a period of 3 years.
The second program, also conducted by the Embassy of France to Ghana in partnership with the Scholarship Secretariat of the Ghanaian Ministry of Education, grants support to students of Colleges of Education, equivalent of the French INSPÉ, so they can perfect their ability in the French language and in teaching methodology in FLE in order to teach French in Ghana.
The first 8 students have been welcomed in early January at the University of Caen-Normandy. The team of the Carré International were mobilised, with the support or tutor students recruited for the occasion, in order to facilitate their arrival in Caen and minimise as much as possible the impact of the current sanitary crisis. While waiting for in person classes to start again, the students have already taken part in distance learning classes organised by the Carré International.
In addition to these two scholarship programs, an international cooperation agreement is under consideration with the University of Ghana, which has been trusting UNICAEN for years for the training of its students. As a matter of fact, 8 of its students have been in Caen since October in order to pursue a University Diploma for French Studies (Diplôme Universitaire d’Études Françaises - DUEF).
An agreement concerning the student mobility is also in the process of signature with KNUST, including its Busines School which would be an excellent destination for the students of the Institute for Administration of Companies (Institut d’Administration des Entreprises - IAE) for example. With the implementation of partnership with those two universities visited in 2018, Ghana would become the first destination in English-speaking Africa for the students of UNICAEN.
Lastly, exchanges are currently ongoing with Mount Mary College of Education (of which 2 students are part of the current scholarship program) and the University of Education Winneba, both visited in 2019 and with which an ADESFA project (Development support for French Tertiary Education in Afica - Appui au Développement de l’Enseignement Supérieur Français en Afrique) has been submitted in 2020. The potential cooperations are the training for French language and educational-related training.
While awaiting other projects and achievements with Ghana, we extend our best success wishes to the Ghanaian students currently at UNICAEN ! Akwaaba in Caen !