UG International Programmes Office Holds Welcome Durbar For Fresh International Students

The International Programmes Office (IPO) has held a durbar at the Alexander Kwapong Quadrangle of the Great Hall to welcome newly admitted international students to the University of Ghana.

This welcome durbar is an annual festive event organised to expose fresh international students to Ghanaian culture while giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and culture as well.

At this year’s event, the Ghana Dance Ensemble treated the audience to some traditional dances like Borborbor, Kpanlogo etc. and spoken word (poetry recitals) which is made the event a memorable one.

Some international students from Benin, India, Nigeria, Germany and USA also performed at the event.

Guests were also entertained by a group of international students from the University of California Education Abroad Programme (UC/EAP) followed by a hilarious poetry performed in Twi by Jasmine from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) portraying her life experiences in Ghana. They were then treated to a variety of local and continental dishes.

The Dean of International Programmes, Prof. Naa Ayikailey Adamafio and the Registrar,Mrs. Mercy Haizel- Ashia in separate remarks both welcomed the students.

The Registrar urged them to interact with students from all nationalities and learn from their cultural and educational system, since they may not have the opportunity to travel to these individual countries. She wished them well in the course of their stay at UG.

The occasion was graced with the presence of Officials of the University including the Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel- Ashia, the Dean of Graduate Studies, Prof. Kwadwo Ofori, the Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS),Prof. Chris Gordon, Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, Prof. Matilda Steiner-Asiedu, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Prof. Charity Akotia, Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. J.K. Adomako, Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella Amoa, Programme Coordinators and other Senior Members from various Schools and Units.

These students come from over 30 countries some of which are Benin, China, France, India, Nigeria, Togo, South Korea, USA. They include graduate and undergraduate students, visiting students, English proficiency students, research fellows among others.

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