Collaboration & Partnerships

The University is currently a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), the International Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Association of African Universities (AAU). It has also entered into collaboration with the Illorin University and the Bordeaux Management School.

Additionally, the University is exploring the possibility of establishing more links with several other universities and research institutions worldwide, including the Norwegian Universities’ Committee for Development Research and Education (NUFU), the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE), International Student Exchange Programmes (ISEP) and the Commonwealth Universities Student Exchange Consortium (CUSAC).

Professor Jimi Ogunnusi, Africa Regional Director of the University of West England, United Kingdom and Prof. Jerry Johnson, an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, University of North Florida, United States, visited the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) to purposely explore opportunities of mutual collaborations.

The University currently has candidacy status from Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP) in America. This is a global accreditation body for business schools. The process and status is intended to further instill confidence in the academic programmes of the University. The University also intends to explore further collaborations with universities in the United States of America, China, Hong Kong, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and other Scandinavian countries.

The UPSA library has a unique collection of a balanced blend of both academic and professional reading and research materials that supports the University’s mission of producing scholarsand professionals.The UPSA Library is at the central nerve of the University. To enable it play the very important role it performs in the academic life on campus, the Library has been segmented into two branches which perform similar functions but in different locations.

The main library which is designated for undergraduate and post graduate students as well as lectures is located on the first floor of the old Administration / Library Block. The post graduate library, which is also designated for postgraduate students as well as lecturers, is also located on the graduate floor of the old Lecture block.The UPSA Library, with its rich and diverse collection of materials serves the teaching and researchneeds of administrative staff and students as well as other clienteles.

MISSION STATEMENT


The Library’s mission is to support the University’s teaching, research and service functions. It does so by:

• Selecting, acquiring, processing and providing access to bibliographic, print and electronic information, knowledge, and data needed by the University’s communityfor teaching, research, intellectual and creative activities.
• Providing the instruction and expert assistance needed to use the Library’s resources efficiently.
• Preserving recorded history and knowledge in areas unique to the University’s role and mission.
• Providing the appropriate structural facilities to support learning and research.

COLLECTIONS


Besides the Library’s large collection of printed materials which have been shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification scheme, the library has an electronic library unit that stocks very large volumes of electronic journals, databases as well as electronic books which users access for research purposes.

PRINT COLLECTION


The UPSA Library’s print collection currently consist of books on Law, Banking and Finance, Marketing, Management, Business Administration, Information Technology and Accounting. Also included in its collection are books on various professional courses such as CIMA, ACCA, ICSA, CIM as well as ICAG, which the University providestuition for candidates pursuing such courses.

ELECTRONIC COLLECTION


The Electronic Support Unit of the Library has large volumes of e-books, e- journals and databases available to students for research purposes. There are also information materials on CDs which students are able to access on the computers available at the Electronic Support Unit. The electronic library has been extended beyond the walls of the University; thereby making it possible forstudents outside the University campus to access, using their Student Identification log in information.

REFERENCE MATERIALS


Among the reference materials available in the Library include:

• Past Question Papers
• CDs
• Encyclopedias and world books
• General and subject based dictionaries
• Revision kits for professional books
• News letters