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UDS Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Jaksally

The University for Development Studies (UDS) has signed an agreement with Jaksally, a local non-Governmental organisation operating in the Northern, Upper West and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana. The agreement, which was signed by the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Teye and the Programme Coordinator of Jaksally, Mr. Jeremiah Abubakar Seidu is to ensure collaboration in the training, internship and research work of students and staff of both parties. The agreement also allows both parties to exchange information on local resource mobilization methods focusing on Village savings and Loans (VSLA), as well as research on how VSLA can be used to support development locally. The focus of the agreement will be on areas such as microfinance, local resource mobilization, grassroots governance, advocacy for women and community leaders, implementation of practical climate change working techniques and technologies and the development of environment enterprises studies.

VC Inaugurates French Multimedia Resource Centre for UDS-Tamale Campus

A French Multimedia Resource Centre has been inaugurated on the Tamale Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS). The Centre, which is the third to be inaugurated after the Wa and Navrongo French Centres of the University was co-funded by the French Embassy under the Solidarity Priority Fund (SFP) at an amount of 18,000 Euros. The Multimedia Resource Centre located in the Library Block contains a computer room stocked with 20 computers and accessories, a library and television room to facilitate the teaching and learning of French in the University.

The Vice Chancellor of the UDS, Professor Gabriel Teye expressed his gratitude to the French Embassy for co-funding the establishment of the centres. He mentioned that the learning of French was important for Ghana not just because it is a country surrounded by Francophone Countries but also because Ghana finds itself as part of International organisations which recognise French as one of its official languages. He said the establishment of the Centre would help promote the teaching and learning of French in the Northern parts of the country. Professsor Teye assured the French Embassy that the Management of the University will continue to support the centres with the required staff and infrastructure, especially because of the University’s future plans to establish a Communication Sciences and Language Centre.

The Representatives from the French Embassy, Madam Julie Fournier and Dr. Sonia Couprie pledged the French Government’s commitment to supporting the teaching and learning of French in Ghana. Dr. Couprie stated that UDS is playing a leading role in expanding French courses in the Northern parts of the country with the presence of the centres in its campuses. She added that the Embassy is ready to fully support the Centre through the provision of internship and networking opportunities for French learners.

The Centre Coordinator and Director of IIRaCs, Dr. Edward Salifu Mahama thanked the Vice Chancellor and the French Embassy for their support towards the completion of the centre. He gave his assurance that all efforts will be made to whip up the interest of staff and students to take advantage of the Centre to learn French.

The Centre will be open to members of the University Community and subsequently, the public.

H.E. Rodrigues Pires Arrives in Ghana

A high-powered Delegation from the University for Development Studies,led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof.G.A.Teye was at the Kotoka International Airport on Thursday April 19, 2018 to welcome H.E. Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, Former President of the Republic of Cape Verde to Ghana. 

H.E. Rodrigues Pires who is in the country at the invitation of the Governing Council and Management of UDS, would pay courtesy calls on the President, the Vice-President and two Former Presidents in Accra. 

The Former Cape Verdean President would be the main Speaker for the 6th edition of the Africa Leadership Lectures, a flagship Programme initiated by UDS among other things to contribute to a national and transnational discourse on productive leadership culture that will support and enhance African Development. The 3-day Lecture would be held on Monday April 23,Tuesday April 24 and Wednesday April 25,2018 at the Tamale Campus of UDS.

Sources:University Relations.

20 Students of UDS Benefit from Barclays Bank Scholarship Programme

20 students of the University for Development Studies (UDS) have received a sponsorship package from Barclays Bank. The sponsorship package which is given to brilliant but needy students was presented to students particularly from Science and Engineering disciplines at a Special Ceremony held at the Dr. Andani Andan Academic Chamber. Each Awardee received a brand new lap-top and an amount of GH₵2,300 to support their educational needs. A total amount of GH₵167,425.00 was received by the Management of the University on behalf of the awardees.

The Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Professor Gabriel Teye thanked Barclays Bank for their continuous support to the University. He said that though the University has an Education Fund for students, it is not able to cater for the many students who qualify for the support. He acknowledged the sponsorship programme provided by the bank has been helpful in dealing with the challenge. The Dean of Students, Professor Israel Dzomeku encouraged Barclays Bank to continue to extend its support to the University. He appealed to the Bank to increase the number of beneficiaries and to broaden the scope of the scholarship to include students from other disciplines.

The Cluster Manger in charge of Northern Ghana, Mr. Robert Pusabaduap said the scholarship scheme is a component of Barclays Bank’s ‘Three-part Model’ aimed at supporting Education and Skills Development, Financial freedom and Business development. He stated that Barclays Bank is committed through its Corporate Social Responsibility mandate to contribute to the development of tertiary Education in Ghana. Mr. Pusabaduap said it was on this basis that the Bank will continue to strengthen its mutually beneficial relationship with UDS.

One of the Awardees, Amin Dasana Abdul-Gafaru thanked Barclays Bank on behalf of his colleagues for the sponsorship package. He assured the Bank that the Awardees will put to good use the favor done them.

Pro VC Chairs National Launch of Capacity Development Project

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Professor Seidu Al-hassan has challenged farmers particularly from the three regions of the North to take advantage of opportunities that seek to enhance their capacity. He indicated that doing so will not only improve their livelihood, but will also enable them contribute immensely to national development.

Addressing various Farmer-Based Cooperatives/ Organizations (FBCs/FBOs) at the National Launch of the Capacity Development Programme on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale, Professor Al-hassan said capacity building programmes represent a form of capital which must not be taken for granted. He advised the farmers not to be over dependent on donor support programmes, but rather strive to become independent of such support, which will in the long run, enable them advance food security in Ghana.

The Capacity Development Project, which is implemented by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the Department of Cooperatives (DOC) aims to enhance the capacity of Farmer-Based Cooperatives (FBC’s) in Northern Ghana through training, consultancy, networking opportunities and financial support.

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Honourable Ignatius Baffour-Awuah who delivered the keynote address recounted the significant roles cooperatives played in the past towards the enhancement of cash crops, particularly cocoa in Ghana. He added that the patronage of such crops has dwindled over the years largely due to the inactiveness of cooperatives, thus any initiative that seeks to strengthen the influence of cooperatives is one that should be given maximum support. He expressed optimism that the passing of the Cooperatives Bill would further ensure a stronger regulation of the cooperatives system.

The Korean Ambassador to Ghana Sung Soo Kim who was also at the event mentioned that according to the 2014 Ghana Living Standards Survey, the three regions of the North are the most impoverished amongst the ten regions in Ghana. He expressed optimism that the Capacity Development Project, which seeks to strengthen FBC’s in Northern Ghana, has the ability to improve the livelihood of the people, considering the significant role cooperative mobilization played in the Korean development trajectory. He therefore called on all stakeholders to support the project to ensure its sustainability.

Equally present at the ceremony were the Vice President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) SungHo Choi, the Country Director of KOICA Yukyum Kim, the Northern Regional Minister Honourable Salifu Saeed, the Upper East Regional Minister Honourable Rockson Ayine Bukari, MCEs, DCEs and cooperatives from the beneficiary Regions.

The project will be implemented in the Northern Region, Upper East and Upper West Regions and expanded to the rest of the country by the year 2020.