Newly appointed Japanese Ambassador pays courtesy call on Vice-Chancellor

H.E. Tsutomu Himeno, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Owusu Oduro and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (ASA), Prof. Kwame Offei

The newly appointed Japanese ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Tsutomu Himeno, paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed his appreciation for the ambassador’s decision to pay a courtesy call on the University, noting that it signifies the value he has placed on the relationship between the University of Ghana and Japan. He assured Ambassador Himeno of the University’s readiness to support him during his term. Prof. Owusu further thanked the Japan government for the effort to establish the Advanced Laboratory for the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and was optimistic that it would be completed soon.

H.E. Tsutomu Himeno and Prof. Owusu Oduro having discusions

Ambassador Himeno was introduced to the Ghana Alumni of Japanese Universities (GAJU), and he expressed his willingness to work with the University of Ghana and the alumni in the areas of Japanese studies and language. He encouraged members of GAJU to access opportunities for assistance in development.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (ASA), Prof. Kwame Offei, acknowledged the fact that the Ghana-Japan relations, including collaborations between the University and Japanese Institutions, have had positive impact on the Ghana economy, and on research capacity in Ghana. He expressed hope that future collaborations would be strengthened and broadened.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (ASA), Prof. Kwame Offei

The Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, noted that the recent award presented to the Vice-Chancellor by the Japan government clearly depicts the good relationship between Japan and the Vice-Chancellor and expressed the hope that the relationship would blossom into more opportunities for the University.

The Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia

Members of GAJU expressed the need for greater collaboration between the University of Ghana and Japanese institutions in the areas of Engineering, Computer Science, and assistance in the acquisition of equipment for laboratories. The President of GAJU, Prof. George Armah, thanked Ambassador Himeno for making time to interact with them and asked for the student-faculty exchange programmes to include internship for University of Ghana students. On behalf of members of GAJU, he expressed appreciation to the Japanese government for the tremendous support offered them throughout their years of stay in various universities in Japan.

H.E. Tsutomu Himeno and Prof. Owusu Oduro exchanging gifts


A group picture after the visit