UCC has expressed interest in partnering with private investors to construct a modern Teaching Hospital on campus to serve as clinical centre for the School of Medical Sciences (SMS) in the training of highly qualified medical personnel.
The Teaching Hospital when completed would also serve as referral centre for other health facilities in the Central and Western Regions.
This was disclosed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole when a three-member delegation from Christie Co& Premfisa PLC paid a working visit to explore investment opportunities in the University.
He noted that the UCCSMS was currently depending on the Central Regional Hospital for clinical training of its students. He used the opportunity to call for a joint partnership to execute this important project as well as other infrastructural needs such as hostel facilities and lecture halls.
In response, the leader of the delegation, Ms. Andrea Pizziconi, explained that the Christie Company had established the Africa Integras Fund to pursue university community partnerships in Africa by investing in affordable student housing and educational facilities in mixed-use development projects. She indicated that the Company had a track record and experience in their dealings with universities, multilateral institutions and local and foreign governments.
Ms. Pizziconi pointed out that the company had already submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Education to invest in infrastructural facilities in Universities in Ghana. She finally expressed the hope that the preliminary discussions would yield positive results for the projects to be executed.
The Vice-Dean of the SMS, Prof. Gladys Amponsah, who was also at the meeting, said a medical village was currently being developed at the North Campus with a provision for a Teaching Hospital in the master plan. She made mention of the Diagnostic Centre at the Central Regional Hospital which was yet to be operational due to the unavailability of equipment.
Present at the meeting were the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Nelson Buah and the Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan.