As part of efforts to promote internationalisation and deepen external collaborations and cooperation in emerging fields in academic research, the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Institute & University (UIU) in Ohio, USA.
The new partnership will allow the two universities to engage in joint research and collaborate on offering doctoral programmes in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as new doctoral degree programmes.
The MOU will further ensure mutual cooperation between both institutions in areas of staff training, research development, faculty and student mobility, bilateral exchange of publications and co-organisation of conferences.
The Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Professor Abednego F. O. Amartey, together with the President of UIU, Dr Karen Schuster Webb, signed the partnership agreement on behalf of their respective universities at a brief ceremony held on Wednesday, August 10, at UIU in Ohio, USA.
“As the University charts new paths into the future, we remain committed to our mission to provide and promote quality higher academic and professional education in a nurturing and supportive environment that leverages a structured mix of scholarship with professionalism,” Prof. Amartey said.
“The partnership with UIU will invigorate our eagerness to deliver service excellence and contribute to making the most impact at the national, regional and global levels.”
Shedding more light on the UIU partnership, the Registrar of UPSA, Dr Koryoe Anim-Wright disclosed that the move forms part of strategic efforts by the University to become a preeminent higher education provider in both academic and professional disciplines that is nationally entrenched, regionally relevant and globally recognised.
“We look forward to rolling out this new doctoral programme in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus areas in Educational Studies, Ethical and Creative Leadership and Public Policy and Social Change,” Dr Anim-Wright said.
The partnership is also geared towards driving initiatives and programmes aimed at faculty and student capacity strengthening and advancing cross-cultural learning, awareness and recognition of diversity and inclusion.
While in Ohio, the Vice-Chancellor also delivered a presentation to the UIU Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students on “Exploring Service Experience through the Lens of Social Justice.”