Centre for European Studies (CES) Holds Retreat

The Centre for European Studies (CES) on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 held a retreat at the Hill View Hotel to review a draft proposal on a Free Elective Course in European Studies.  Fifteen members drawn from CES Interim Inter-College Working Group (IICWG) participated in the Retreat.

Prof. Ransford Gyampo, Director of CES, who gave an indication of the subject areas and course objectives said, because of the cross-national and multi-disciplinary nature, it is hoped that this would prepare students for the contemporary international job market, while opening up a wide range of career opportunities for students, in such diverse fields as diplomacy; international institutions within the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or the United Nations.

Participants made useful suggestions and incorporated additional information to fine-tune the draft programme. In their view, mounting a free elective course in European Studies would be beneficial as the University would stand out as the only University in the West African sub-region that offers the course, in addition to enabling the students to be abreast with the socio-economic and political issues in European countries.

In his closing remarks, the Director of the Centre for European Studies, noted that as the University of Ghana seeks to attain world-class status, the crop of students produced each year must have a broader horizon and perspective on issues affecting not only Ghana but the world as a whole.   He thanked the participants for their sense of commitment to the Centre, hard-work and insightful contributions to the draft programme.  He was hopeful that due processes would be followed assiduously to enable CES mount the course. 

Dr. Juliana Appiah and Dr. Afua Yakohene of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD); Prof. Edward Nketiah-Amponsah, Department of Economics; Dr. Ababio Ofosu-Mensah, Department of History; Mr. Kaakyire Frempong and Mr. Stevens Ahiawordor Department of Political Science; Dr. Joanna Boampong, Department of Modern Languages, staff and national service personnel of CES attended the Retreat.

The University of Ghana in 2016, in addition to an Institute of African Studies, established four Centres dedicated to Asian Studies, Latin American Studies and Ageing Studies.