I bring you warm greetings as we begin the 2014/15 academic year, and extend a special welcome to our new and visiting faculty and students.
Fulbright and Carnegie Diaspora Professors Monica Tetzlaff and Onookome, and Research Fellow Dr. Irene Appeaning-Addo will be joining us and we wish them an enjoyable stay.
As we continue with our diverse individual and institutional projects, I am particularly excited about our continuing work on the Biographies project. We also expect to move from conceptualisation to implementation of our Quality of Life project in which we are collaborating with colleagues from the School of Public Health and the former Dept. of Archival and Heritage Studies.
The Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, has hosted faculty from the Lehigh University, Pennysylvania, USA to discuss joint research, faculty exchanges, PhD supervision and collaborative-comparative research between the two institutions.
The six-member delegation was led by Dr. Mohamed S. El-Aasser, a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Vice-President for International Affairs.
The Institute of African Studies, (IAS) hosted a public lecture on "Policy Debates: Inequalities and Africa's Structural Transformation."
Delivering the lecture, Prof. Jomo Kwame Sundaran, a renowned Professor in Applied Economics, and currently Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) took the audience through a presentation on inequalities at the global level.
Following a series of separate conversations with officials of the Universities of Cape Town; Concordia (Irvine); Edinburgh; Ibadan; The Free State; North Carolina (Greensboro); and Bryn Mawr College, the Institute of African Studies (IAS) is developing collaborations for research, teaching and PhD mentoring. The IAS at is excited about these opportunities particularly since with the University of Ghana's current focus on research and graduate education we expect to be able to provide teaching opportunities for PhD students and Post-doctoral fellows at both the North and the South institutions.