Memorandum of Understanding Between University of Ghana and ISA LILLE of France

Mrs. Florence Malaise exchanging the MOU with Prof. Kwame Offei

University of Ghana and l'Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture de Lille (ISA Lille), a Graduate School of Agriculture and Bio engineering in France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Dr. Boniface Kayang, Head, Department of Animal Science, who represented the Dean of the School of Agriculture, said prior to the signing event, Dr. Sonia Couprie, Technical Advisor for France-Ghana Higher Education Cooperation and Mrs. Florence Malaise, Head of International Relations Office, ISA Lille had a meeting with the School of Agriculture last year expressing interest in establishing collaborations with the School to identify key areas where the collaborations could be established effectively.

Dr. Boniface Kayang (left) and Prof. Kwame Offei (right) at the Signing Ceremony

Mrs. Florence Malaise expressed appreciation for the warm reception she received from the School of Agriculture and the University as a whole. She also acknowledged the quality of education given to students by the University saying it was a major factor in selecting the University for the collaboration. She pointed out that it was the desire of ISA Lille to learn the indigenous African agricultural practices as these practices cannot be found in France. She further indicated that, an exchange programme between the two institutions will give students and faculty practical exposure on different agricultural practices. She added that a faculty member of the School of Agriculture, Dr. Stephen Narh will in March, be hosted by ISA Lille as a visiting professor in Crop Modeling.

Dr. Sonia Couprie was delighted at the signing of the MOU and the partnership that exists between Ghana and France saying the collaboration was to be a step for many more partnerships in the future.

The French Delegation

Professor Daniel Asiedu, Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Science specified that partnership with foreign institutions is at the heart of the strategic plan of the University. For that matter he pledged his support in making the collaborations effective.

Professor Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs of the University of Ghana acknowledged the team for extending their collaboration to fields other than French related programmes. He was certain that the students and faculty in the two institutions will benefit from the MOU which is expected to initiate student and faculty exchange, exchange of knowledge, materials and equipment, collaborative research and organizational conferencing. He hoped for a fruitful partnership and looked forward to more collaboration in the future.

Also present were Prof. Daniel Asiedu, Provost, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Dr. Eric W. Cornelius, representing the Head of Department for Crop Science, Mr. Daniel Hormeku, Assistant Registrar, International Programmes Office, Mr. Benedict Fosu Adjei, Senior Assistant Registrar, Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

A Group Photograph