UDS Glows at 9th All Africa University Games

A contingent of athletes and officials led by the Registrar of the University for Development Studies (UDS) Dr. A.B.T Zakariah made a triumphant entry into Makelle, Ethiopia for the 9th edition of the All Africa University Games.

The Games which were held from Sunday 1st - Friday 6th July, 2018 at the main campus of the Mekelle University was organized by the Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) in conjunction with Mekelle University.

The Participants who were drawn from thirty-seven (37) Universities spread across sixteen (16) African Countries, competed for laurels in ten (10) sporting events including athletics, badminton, table tennis, volleyball and handball.

On arrival, the victorious Athletics Team (Team UDS), led by the Registrar paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. G. A Teye in his office at the Tamale Campus of UDS where they presented some trophies and a plaque to the VC.

Briefing management, the Director of Sports, Mr. Ibrahim Tanko, indicated that the UDS Athletics Team put up a sterling performance to win seven (7) gold, four (4) silver and three (3) bronze medals in the athletics competition, culminating in an overall performance of 4th place (ahead of the University of Ghana and other prominent Universities in Africa) and 2nd place in athletics.

Dr. A.B.T. Zakariah, the leader of the Delegation expressed satisfaction with the performance of the team, noting that “the Team’s performance was one of the few occasions that UDS was put so much in the spotlight.” He hinted that the games also afforded the opportunity for the University to discuss a possible collaboration to mount a Master of Science in Sports programme.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof, G.A. Teye praised the team for making UDS proud and assured them of management’s support in their endeavours. He also admonished them to take their studies seriously, as being sports men and women was not an excuse for poor academic performance.

Source: University Relations

Mexican Embassy Collaborates with UDS

The University for Development Studies (UDS) is to collaborate with the Mexican Embassy in Ghana to implement a pilot project on Nixtamalization technology in Northern Ghana. The technology is an ancient Mexican technology for processing white corn, which significantly reduces levels of aflatoxins. The project thus has the potential of reducing public health and food security challenges associated with the consumption of corn and improving economic growth. An MoU was signed between the between the two parties at the UDS Office in Accra, after which a four delegation from the Embassy paid a working visit to UDS-Tamale Campus to introduce the project concept to the Vice Chancellor of UDS.

The four member delegation which was led by the Deputy Head of Mission with Mexican Embassy, Marcos Moreno included Executive Director of the Business Council of the Corn Industry and its Derivatives, Greta SibilaVillaseñor Flores, Researcher at the National Research Institute in Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock (INIFAP), Eng. Alberto Trujillo Campos and an Expert in Nixtamalization mill machinery, Oscar Valverde Urzúa. The leader for the delegation, Macros Moreno stated the choice of UDS for the collaboration was a strategic decision and in line with the aims of the projects, which is to empower women and to help deal with the problem of malnutrition in rural communities. He believed the project equally had the potential to strengthen educational relations between Ghana and Mexico.

The Vice Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum-Teye mentioned that the introduction of the technology would be relevant to Northern Ghana, as maize is the staple food of the North. He added the knowledge of the technology would also be beneficial to students studying food processing related courses in UDS. Professor Ayum-Teye said UDS being a Development-focused University is ready to support any project that will eventually lead to rural economic empowerment.

The project is to be coordinated by Dr. James Owusu-Kwarteng of the Department of Applied Biology, UDS.

UDS Hosts Third Edition of The Ghana-Norway Summer School

The University for Development Studies (UDS) is hosting the 2018 edition of the Ghana-Norway Summer School in Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy on its Tamale Campus. The School which has been running since 2016 is being held in Northern Ghana for the first time. It is an initiative of the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART), which aims to establish a partnership for education and research within the fields of Medical Physics, Radiation Protection and Radiography. Participants include students and practitioners of Medical Physics or Radiography from America, as well as countries across Africa and Europe. The theme for the week-long event is “ Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound and X-ray Imaging ”.

The Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University mentioned that UDS is pleased to host the Summer School because of its potential ability to address the challenge of inadequate radiographers in Ghana. He added that plans are underway by the University to mount undergraduate and graduate programmes in the areas of Medical Physics and Radiography. The Vice-Chancellor expressed the hope that, the University’s collaboration with the NORPART project would further strengthen the ability of UDS to fulfill the necessary requirements in order to begin running the programmes. He assured the organisers of the Summer School the University’s full support.

The Coordinators of the Ghana-Norway Partnership Project, Professor Pål Erik Goa (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) and Professor John Justice Fletcher (University for Development Studies, Ghana) expressed gratitude to UDS for choosing to host the Summer School project in Northern Ghana. They advised the participants to actively engage in the interactions that would take place during the Summer School and to network with other participants. They equally encouraged the participants to take advantage of the Student Exchange Programme sponsored by NORPART, which gives students studying fields within Medical Physics and Radiography and related programmes, the opportunity to complete part of their thesis in Norway.

The Dean of the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences of the University of Ghana, Professor Yaw Serfor-Armah assured the participants they will be exposed to experienced academics and clinical staff from partner institutions in Ghana and Norway who will be ready to teach and interact with them. He expressed optimism that the NORPART project would assist in building the needed human resource to push the agenda of sound Diagnostic radiology, Nuclear medicine and Radiotherapy services in Ghana and Africa.

The Summer School will run till Friday, June 29, 2018.

Source: University Relations

University of Arkansas Interacts with UDS International

Some staff and students from the University of Arkansas in the United States have met with the International Relations Section of UDS to establish relations with the University. Their visit was also to discuss potential collaborations with UDS to expand the knowledge of students from the University concerning socio-economic development issues in Ghana.

The delegation was led by Caree Bantona, a professor of History and African American Studies with the University of Arkansas. She mentioned that the visit to Ghana was part of the University’s multidisciplinary programme, ‘Sanfoka Ghana Past and Future Study Abroad Programme’. She added that the programme aims at exposing students to the realities in Africa as well as practical exposure give them a practical experience of broader understanding of what is going on in other countries in terms of socio-economic development. Professor Bantona indicated that UDS was of interest to them because of its focus on development. She mentioned that collaboration with UDS will give students an idea of the social-economic development issues in Northern Ghana.

The Deputy Director of International Relations and Advancement of UDS, Dr. Courage said that UDS offers unique programmes that are in high demand by International students from America and Europe. Placing emphasis on the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP), Dr. Courage mentioned the programme would be a good avenue for students from the University to gain experience. “The University always looks forward to partnering with Universities to promote student exchange programmes”, Dr. Courage said.

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