The Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), UK to collaborate in programme affiliation, research, staff capacity building and exchange programmes for staff and students.
The President of PUCG Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng and the Vice Chancellor of CCCU, Prof. Rama Thirunamachandran signed the MoU on behalf of their respective institutions.
The CCCU delegation, Sue Kendall-Seatter and Prof. Springett was on one week working visit to Presbyterian University College, Ghana from 14th to 19th June 2017.
The team visited Abetifi Kwahu, the Head Office of PUCG, and held discussions with Senior Management of the University about the collaboration between the two Universities and later signed the MoU.
Ms. Sue Michelle Kendall-Seatter, Director of International Partnership and Development, CCCU witnessed the signing of the MoU by Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng in the presence of Prof. Kathryn Pryor Springett, Head of School of Allied Health Professionals – CCCU, the Vice President of PUCG, Prof. Frank S. Arku, the Registrar of PUCG, Mr. K. Amo Osei and other officers of PUCG.
The CCCU delegation visited the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the Asante Akyem Campus of PUCG and interacted with the staff and students in order to have firsthand knowledge about how PUCG’s Health and Medical Students are trained. The meetings also discussed aspects of the MoU.
Sue Kendall-Seatter and Prof. Springett also visited the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital where they were hosted by the Director and the frontline staff of the Hospital. At the Hospital the CCCU team was briefed on the history and operations of the Hospital and how the Hospital assists Health and Medical Students in their clinicals.
The Presbyterian University College, Ghana is the first University in Ghana to sign partnership agreement with the Canterbury Christ Church University.
The Canterbury Christ Church University is respected internationally for training Healthcare and medical professionals in the United Kingdom. It is among the top five universities in UK that received a percentage increase in research funding as a result of its success in their Research Excellence Framework endorsed by the UK Government. The Chancellor of CCCU is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Presbyterian University College, Ghana whose Chancellor is the sitting Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on the other hand, is a Private University well acclaimed for training Health and Medical Professionals in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.
The two renowned institutions have initiated formal processes to mount BSc. Midwifery and BSc. Physiotherapy at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of the Asante Akyem Campus of PUCG. The two programmes will be affiliated to the CCCU.
The Head of the School of Allied Health Professionals at CCCU, Prof. Kathryn Pryor Springett expressed optimism that both universities would collaborate to develop new programmes aimed at addressing emerging health and medical needs of their respective countries.
Prof. Springett said she was impressed about facilities available to the students of the Faculty Health and Medical sciences for their clinicals and expressed the view that both institutions can learn from each other in the training of health professionals.