BY MUNTALLA INUAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SCHOOL of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and the MountCrest University College (MCU) have entered into a Transnational Education (TNE) Partnership under which the two universities will run joint programmes.
The TNE partnership involves the delivery of truly international degree programmes, contextualised for Ghana, aimed at boosting career mobility and building capacity of local talent at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, without students having to leave the country for extensive period.
The TNE is also aimed to bring UK Higher Education to the doorstep of students on Ghanaian soil.
The partnership was officially launched at a durbar of the chiefs and people of Larteh Akwapim on Thursday. The durbar was also in honour of Baroness Valerie Amos, the Director of SOAS, University of London.
The durbar was the first of three celebratory events held from January 23-25, 2020 and it brought together many distinguished guests, including former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
Baroness Amos, who was the Guest of Honour, in her remarks, said “I’m sure that this partnership between SOAS and MountCrest will produce inspiring students and future academics who will globally make positive impact and lasting difference.”
On behalf of her staff, and the delegation from SOAS, Baroness Amos expressed her gratitude to the chiefs of Larteh for releasing the vast plot of land for the new MountCrest University campus at Larteh-Akwapim.
She said that speaks to the importance of tradition, community and the strong commitment to education, adding that “this project will not have been possible without the consistent patience of Lawyer Kwaku Ansa-Asare, the founder of MountCrest” whom she described as “a bold and very persistent person.”
According to her, SOAS has a strong international reputation and “we have members of our faculty working on areas related to Africa on the law, politics, history, culture, African languages and we have been doing this for 1000 years.”
She explained further that, SOAS has a “strong teaching, strong research, a commitment to excellence and a commitment to working with power on this continent to find solutions to some of the difficult and intractable problems but also work together to develop the capacity and the capability of the people of the continent.”
The Deputy Rector of MUC, Mrs Irene Ansa-Asare Horsham, told the DAILY HERITAGE in an interview that the partnership between her outfit and SOAS essentially had brought international education to the doorstep of Ghanaians.
According to her, students would no longer have to travel to London to pursue education but will receive the same quality education here in Ghana.
Mrs Horsham said the faculty would be put together by SOAS and MountCrest with other international faculties joining in and the teaching would be done by Professors of SOAS, MountCrest and other international faculty members.
Subject to the final accreditation by the National Accreditation Board, the initial programmes will be delivered at MCU’s city campus in Accra and its upcoming main campus in Larteh Akwapim. They will be delivered by joint SOAS, MUC and international faculty members, leading to degrees awarded by SOAS, University of London.
Lawyer Ansa-Asare, co-founder of the MCU, who doubles as the Registrar of the Koforidua Dioceses of the Anglican Church, said the land of Akwapim had produced many great personalities and these people had decided to give back what the community gave them.
He said the effort was to transform lives in the country and also to encourage the people of Akwapim to have faith in everything they do; adding that the nature of programmes lined up will lead the people to greater heights.