Wisconsin has hosted representatives from various embassies at the first Vice Chancellor’s Forum of the year. The Vice Chancellor’s Forum is an initiative aimed at strengthening relationships with key stakeholders.
Wisconsin has over 25 nationalities represented in its student body. The objective of the Forum – held on 20th February – was to connect with embassies and high commissions in Ghana of the countries from which these students are drawn.
Welcoming the foreign missions’ representatives, Mr. Ebenezer Amuasi, Director of International Relations at Wisconsin, said he was excited about the opportunity the Forum offered to management, faculty, staff and students to interact with diplomats.
Mr Amuasi said: “Wisconsin is set aside from the rest (of the universities) because we dig deep to provide an education that improves students’ ability to analyse and consider global issues from multiple perspectives in the 21st century.”
Quoting H.E. President Nana Akufo-Addo, the International Relations Director added that having a rich multi-national blend of students went a long way towards “developing and promoting the interests of our continent ourselves.”
The embassy representatives were given a brief history of the institution and informed of the programmes offered. Deans also apprised them of future plans and developments in their respective schools and faculties.
Following a tour of the campus, the representatives interacted with the management, deans and students from the various countries represented at Wisconsin.
Mr Ouattara Moussa, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of Burkina Faso, praised the initiative and said embassies needed to engage more with universities in order to determine their accreditation status and academic standing. This would put the embassies and high commissions to be in a better position to advise students as to which institutions offered quality education.
The representatives who attended the Forum were:
Mr. Farouk Boumaza, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Algeria
Madam Viviane Capo-Chichi Dakpo, Chargé d’Affaires and Mr. Mouhamed de Miliano, Embassy of Benin
Mr. Ouattara Moussa, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Burkina Faso
Mr. Aklilu Tadese, First Secretary, Embassy of Ethiopia
Madam Aissatou Seck, Second Counsellor, Embassy of Senegal
Madam Maria Cristina Yehouessi Mikue, Counsellor, Embassy of Equatorial Guinea, (represented by Gifty Mensah).
Meanwhile, Mr. Ibrahima Kalil Touré, Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Guinea and two officials paid a separate visit to the campus on 23rd February with the same objective.
The VC’s Forum was hosted by the Ag. Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School, Mr. Mamadou Diedhiou on behalf of Vice Chancellor Prof. Obeng Mireku. The Registrar, Mr. Frank Yeboah, Deans, Heads of Department and Administrative Heads were in attendance.