The President of the Ashesi University College (AUC), Dr. Patrick Awuah has indicated the college’s intention to apply for a charter after 10 years of mentorship with UCC.
Dr. Awuah therefore called on UCC to assist AUC to attain the status of a full University with the rights to award its own degrees and diploma certificates.
Dr. Awuah declared this intention when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole to introduce the newly-appointed Provost of AUC, Dr. Marcia Grant. He described the relationship between UCC and AUC as very cordial and professional stressing that “AUC has come this far as a result of the rich experience we have tapped from UCC.”
The President of AUC noted that the college would continue to expand the scope of collaboration with UCC in joint national and international research projects as well as exchange of staff for its intended graduate programmes. Currently UCC has an existing collaboration with Wifrer Laurier International in Canada through the initiative of AUC. In addition to this, two faculty members from Ashesi have enrolled in a PhD programmes in IDS as part of the staff exchange programme, he noted. He intimated that AUC would continue to partner UCC in joint research and staff exchanges even after they had attain the charter.
Welcoming the visitors, Prof. Kuupole pointed out that at 50 years UCC had resolved to focus on training more PhD graduates to bridge the gap of ageing lecturers. He explained that the new focus graduate training was also to create opportunity for upcoming Universities to increase intake of undergraduate students.
Prof. Kuupole commended AUC for introducing innovative programmes considering the few years the college had been in existence. He gave the assurance that AUC could count on UCC for the much needed assistance as far as the charter was concerned.