Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa noted at the ceremony that government is so far impressed with the achievements and successes chalked by the University within the few years of its existence in Ghana.
“We are very proud of what Lancaster University Ghana has achieved over the years”, he said.
The Minister also added that the government of Ghana through the Scholarship Secretariat annually supports Ghanaian students to study abroad at well-established universities in the world but Lancaster has provided real international student experience here in Ghana considering the facilities available to students studying at the University.
“Lancaster University Ghana has the best environment for education. An environment with lots of possibilities and that provides real international student experience”.
Lancaster University and Trans National Education jointly opened Lancaster University Ghana in 2013. Since then, the number of students has rapidly grown from 67 to over 500. The University's portfolio of 10 programmes matches the demands of the West African employment market, and includes foundation, undergraduate and master's courses. Students come from 15 nationalities, the largest groups being from Ghana and Nigeria. Due to growing student numbers, the University sought additional space for its city campus while plans are underway for its permanent facility and campus.
The new campus includes learning common for students such as breakout rooms, counseling offices, careers and student life offices. The new facilities include a dedicated EMBA suite for the Lancaster University Executive MBA programme, lecture theatre, tutorial and seminar rooms, along with additional offices for the University’s growing academic staff. The combined capacity of the foundation and undergraduate campuses will allow the university to grow up to 1,000 students across its foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University Ghana, Prof. Mark Smith mentioned that LUG is an integral part of the Lancaster University family and that the academic staff will never compromise on quality in order to set the same standards here in Ghana as the mother University in the UK.
“Lancaster University Ghana is an integral part of the Lancaster University family and we want to set the same standards here as we have set in the UK. You should never compromise on quality. If you compromise on quality, in the end you begin to suffer”, he assured.
“It’s very interesting how the system has managed to support us in making this next step of development. So what you seeing here is a long term programme of establishing a fully fledged university campus here in Ghana”. He added.
Other Guests at this historic event included Nicola Owen (Chief Administrative Officer of Lancaster University (UK), Hon. Emmanuel Agyarko (MP, Ayawaso West Wougon) and Monica Asare (Deputy Director of the Ministry of Trade and Industry).
The executive director of the University, Raghav Lal in his closing remarks thanked the National Accreditation Board and the Ministry of Education for having confidence in Lancaster University Ghana.
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About Lancaster University Ghana (LUG)
Lancaster University Ghana is a branch campus of Lancaster University (UK). It is the first and only education provider on African mainland to have attained the British Accreditation Council’s (BAC) accreditation for its foundation programme.
Lancaster University is ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the UK according to the Guardian University League Table and internationally, it is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world.
Undergraduate programmes available in Lancaster University Ghana are Law, Business Studies, Computing, International Relations, Politics, Economics, Marketing and Psychology along with its triple accredited EMBA programme and Masters in International Relations. Graduates will receive the same degree certificate that they would have received had they studied in the UK. Graduating from LUG allows students to join a thriving alumni network of over 100,000 people around the world. For more information on Lancaster University Ghana, please visit www.lancaster.edu.gh