The British High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Iain Walker, has paid a courtesy call on the Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on 12th May 2021. The visit forms part of his working visit to the Ashanti Region.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo received the High Commissioner and his team; Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby, Mr. Ian Byrne, Deputy Director of the Development Team members Richard Sandall and Giles Hall at the Council Chamber of KNUST.
His Excellency Walker lauded KNUST for its collaborative ventures with British Universities. He, however, expressed the need to deepen the institutional linkages between the United Kingdom and Ghana driven by joint research projects, staff-students exchanges, among other areas for mutual benefit. His Excellency Walker suggested possible research areas to explore to include joint research on malaria, vaccine preparation and anti-microbiology.
According to His Excellency, there are about Two Hundred Thousand (200,000) people of the Ghanaian descent living in the UK. In relation to this, the Commission would strengthen diaspora engagements not only on cultural terms but also on health and education.
Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo on behalf of Management welcomed His Excellency and his team to KNUST Campus and expressed that the University values the collaboration that has existed between KNUST and the United Kingdom and promised the full support of the University to deepen the bi-lateral networks between KNUST and other high academic institutions in the United Kingdom.
Professor Ellis Dabo mentioned that KNUST as the premier Science and Technology University is keen on delivering its mandate of being among the top ten Universities in Africa. This he said would be achieved through such pertinent partnerships.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor assured the delegation of the University’s commitment on welcoming opportunities that would leverage on the strength of the Institution to research into the Covid-19 Virus as the world is fighting the novel Coronavirus, which has affected the world especially economies and the educational sector.
In a related development, His Excellency Iain Walker had a student engagement with the Students Representative Council (SRC) at the Amonoo Neizer Conference Centre. They discussed issues relating to UK support and commitment to girl child education.