The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E. Berenice Owen-Jones, has expressed her mission’s desire to partner with the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) to promote academic excellence.
She also commended the management and faculty of the University, especially the UPSA Law School, for upholding high standards, exhibiting professionalism, and developing an enviable reputation as one of the most sought-after legal education institutions in Africa.
Her Excellency Owen-Jones made the remarks at the second edition of the UPSA Law School Diplomatic Dialogue Series held on Thursday, February 16 at the Kofi Ohene-Konadu Auditorium.
The High Commissioner, who was the keynote speaker, delivered a lecture on the theme “Complicated Geopolitics, African Partnerships & Australia’s Place in the World.”
“UPSA has a fantastic academic reputation,” she said. “It is my first time here, but I must say I am very impressed with the campus and the wonderful facilities here.
“I hope that the Australian High Commission can work more with UPSA in the future.”
Madam Owen-Jones emphasized that Australian international educational opportunities are rapidly expanding, a development of which the High Commission in Ghana is proud.
She encouraged UPSA students to take advantage of the Australian Awards programme, a prestigious international scholarship offered by the Australian Government to Africans with the hope of raising the next generation of leaders who will make an enduring contribution to their country’s sustainable development.
The Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Prof Abednego F. O. Amartey, in welcoming the High Commissioner, said the Diplomatic Dialogue Series provides a relevant platform to engage with the diplomatic community on how best the UPSA can contribute to thought leadership while discussing issues affecting the development of the country and the world in general.
“At UPSA, we pride ourselves on our ability to engage with the larger public on key and important issues that affect the development of our country and the world,” Prof Amartey said.
“We are devoted to new ways of doing things and to ensuring that we break the boundaries of learning and scholarship, and the diplomatic dialogue series fits into that strategic approach to doing things.”
The Diplomatic Dialogue Series brings together diplomatic personalities to discuss key and important issues affecting global development and diplomatic relations, as well as the countries their diplomatic missions represent.
Present at the event were the Registrar of UPSA, Dr Koryoe Anim-Wright; the dean of the UPSA Law School, Prof Ernest Kofi Abotsi; Mrs Aba Lokko, Director of the Public Affairs Directorate as well as lecturers and students.