A high-powered delegation led by the President of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Michigan, USA, Dr. Thomas J. Haas recently paid an official working visit to the University of Cape Coast to intensify and strengthen collaboration between the two institutions.
The delegation first had a brief meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole and the Registrar, Dr. Isaac Ohene at the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
As part of the visit, the dignitaries met with the Deans of Faculty/School and Directors of Directorate/Institute/Centre of this University at the Council Chamber. During the ensuing discussions, Dr. Haas who gave a brief overview of GVSU and said GVSU started with an initial student population of 262, which had progressively increased to 25,000.
According to Dr. Haas, GVSU is structured into colleges such as Engineering, Education, Business, Medicine, Nursing etc. He indicated that Grand Valley University's main vision was not only to be a catalyst in developing the world in general but also to help students to succeed in the study abroad programme, adding ‘GVSU is committed to training excellent students and creating an environment where individuals are challenged to develop knowledge and skills'. He took the opportunity to invite the Deans, Vice-Deans and Directors to visit GVSU as a mark of strengthening the embryonic relations between UCC and GVSU.
The University of Cape Coast team which gave an elaborate overview of the activities of their outfits included the Director of the Centre for International Education, Prof. I. R. Amuah; Dean, School of Agriculture, Prof. J. A. Kwarteng; Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof. J. Ghartey-Ampiah; Dean of Students, Prof. B. A. Ntreh and Dean, School of Biological Sciences, Dr. Isaac K. A. Galyuon.
Others were the Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, Prof. B. K. Gordor; Director, Institute of Education, Prof. J. A. Opare; Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. J. V. Mensah and the Director of Counselling Centre, Dr. Frederick Ocansey.
The delegation then went on a guided tour of the various Schools, Faculties, Departments Institutes and Centres in the University to familiarize themselves with on-going academic activities.