Ghana High Commissioner visit to deepen ties with University of Newcastle

On 16 April 2021 CARE-P hosted the High Commissioner of the Republic of Ghana to the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency Dr Joseph Nii Sai Coffie-Agoe, and two of his Ministers, who want to strengthen existing bonds and deepen the ties between Ghana and the University of Newcastle (UON). The Centre for African Research, Engagement and Partnerships (CARE-P) promotes the UON Global Engagement and Partnerships Strategy across Africa, which has one of the largest youth populations with low but increasing ability to access higher education. 

The visitors held meetings with University Officials including Prof Tony Travaglione (the Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor, Global Engagements and Partnerships), and Prof John Fischetti, (Pro Vice Chancellor, College of Human and Social Futures). Prof Travaglione encouraged countries in Africa to engage with the University’s research teams to identify, collaborate, and find sustainable solutions to complex global challenges. Prof Fischetti’s views on transitioning education from current designs based on “success for some” to where learning and teaching in places called “schools” and “universities” will be accessible and a success for all; and a preparation for life not just exams, resonated well with the High Commissioner. He cited free basic education policy in Ghana as having the same vision and called on governments everywhere to embrace the vision for a truly sustainable development. 

A half-day conference was held with presentations by UON/CARE-P staff, affiliates, and students of Ghanaian descent, demonstrating ongoing collaboration between the University and Ghana.