The Lancaster University, Ghana yesterday inaugurated its new campus in Accra to begin providing quality education to students across Africa.
Professor Mark Smith, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, speaking at the inaugural ceremony in Accra, said the new campus would allow students to access Lancaster’s academic excellence in teaching and research.
The University currently with 58 students offers programmes including Accounting and Finance, Economics and International Relations, Politics and International Relations, Computer Science, Marketing, Business Studies, Law and Psychology.
He said the University would contribute to the pool of internationally educated young people ready to take their place in growing and developing the Ghanaian and the wider African economy.
“It will join existing institutions of higher learning to further enhance Ghana’s reputation as an educational hub for West Africa,” he added.
Prof. Smith said the opening of the new campus in Ghana was in partnership with Trans National Education Ghana Limited, the founding shareholder of the University in Ghana.
He said the new campus offered students a different learning experience with the career benefit of gaining a globally recognised Lancaster degree.
Mr Kwame Dattey, Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board, said the Board welcomed institutions from better endowed jurisdictions to replicate the high standards being used in their home country.
He encouraged institutions to train high level graduates to replace the aging faculty of most of the existing tertiary educational institutions and also transfer best practices in academic and research work.
Mr Dattey called on the Lancaster University to branch into critical areas such as the provision of Medical and Dental education and other science and technology based programmes.
Mr Rakesh Wahi, co-founder of the Trans National Education Ghana Limited, said the gap between the rich and the poor had to do with the issue of lack of education.
He said the University together with its partners decided to open a branch here in Ghana because it serves as a gateway to the African continent.
He said research-led teaching would be one of the focuses of the University in impacting knowledge to students.