School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London and MountCrest University College (MCU) Ghana have launched a Transnational Education (TNE) Partnership project in Accra, Ghana.
The project aims at delivering international degree programmes, contextualised for Ghana LLM in International Commercial and Economic Law. Thus, boosting career mobility and building capacity of local talent at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, without students having to leave the country for extensive periods. It aims to bring U.K. Higher Education to the doorstep of home students on Ghanaian soil.
The Programmes includes the following at the initial stages, LLM in International Law, LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice, LLB Law, BSc Accounting and Finance, and BSc International Management.
Subject to final accreditation by the National Accreditation Board, they will be delivered by a joint SOAS, MCU and International Faculty, leading to degrees awarded by SOAS University of London.
The launch activities included;
A welcome durbar at Larteh Akuapem, home to the proposed MCU Main Campus. The durbar, hosted by Osaberima Nana Okoo Ababio III Chief of Larteh Ahenease, was held in honour of Director of SOAS, Baroness Valerie Amos, CH and her team. It featured a rich display of Akuapem Culture of drumming, dancing, and was graced by the traditional leaders of the Akuapem Traditional Council led by Okuapem Hemaa, Nana Afua Obuo Nketia II. Also in attendance was his Excellency, The Former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor who was the Guest of Honour.
Present also, were Senior High Secondary Schools on the ridge, Clergy, Media, Staff, Student and Alumni of MCU.
There was also a panel discussion held at the British Council on the theme “Global Educational Partnerships and their Role in Fostering the Socio-Economic Growth of Africa”. The Panel Members included Baroness Valerie Amos, CH, Ms. Samia Nkrumah, Former Member of the Paliament of Ghana and a SOAS Alumnus, Professor Victor Matengu, Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia, UNAM, and Moderated by her Ladyship Professor Judge Akua Kuenyehia. In attendance were Students of Faculties of Laws of various universities, Heads of Schools and Colleges and other stakeholders.
The events for the partnership was crowned with a Celebratory Launch Dinner at the Labadi Beach Hotel, hosted by SOAS Director, Baroness Valerie Amos, CH and MCU Founder, Mr. Kwaku Ansa-Asare .
This event was also used to launch three teaching and research centers:
- The Professor W.C. Ekow Daniels Centre for African Studies;
- The Professor Sir Roy Goode QC Centre for Commercial Law; and
- The Professor Spyridon Flogaitis Centre for Public Law and Policy (in collaboration with the European Public Law Organization)