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Cave Hill Seeks to Train Ghanaian Doctors

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, December 11, 2017

Ghanaian government leaders and university officials are among the latest in the African region to be informed about the academic offerings of The University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, especially its internationally-acclaimed medical programme.

Seeking a more expansive engagement, as part of the campus’ aggressive internationalisation strategy rooted in the global thrust of its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Eudine Barriteau led a three-member delegation on a mission to the Republic of Ghana from 26th – 29th September, 2017. The UWI officials held fruitful meetings with administrators within Ghana’s health and higher education sectors, government ministers as well as members of that country’s business sector.

“The visit to Ghana revealed the potential of the higher education market in West Africa. I am expecting very positive outcomes,” said Professor Barriteau, who was accompanied on the mission by Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), Dr Peter Adams, and Chair of the Cave Hill Campus’ FMS Task Force for International Outreach Dr Kenneth Connell.

The task force, which was established in February 2017, is mandated to explore international opportunities following the United States Department of Education through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), recognising the FMS as having standards comparable with US medical education.

Specifically, the mission sought to establish and strengthen academic partnerships with stakeholders in Ghana’s health and higher education sectors with the aim to establish collaborations in academic programmes and research between relevant institutions.

Among the places visited by the Cave Hill delegation were the University of Ghana, Ministry of Health, The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, and Flagstaff House, the presidential palace and residence of the President of Ghana, The Hon. Nana Akufo-Addo.

Assessing the visit’s outcome, Professor Barriteau stated “There is tremendous scope for academic collaboration between The UWI Cave Hill Campus and the University of Ghana in particular, including the enrolment of significant numbers of African students in the pre-clinical phase of our medical programme. The training of Ghanaian doctors is among a wide range of strategic collaborations which we hope to pursue under a renewed Memorandum of Understanding with that university.”

The University of Ghana currently has about 800 students enrolled in its six-year medical programme and significant demand in that country for medical training has led to that university seeking to build additional facilities with an aim to admit even greater numbers.

Within this context, the University of Ghana and that country’s Minister of Health have welcomed Cave Hill’s offer to train future generations of Ghanaian medical doctors, under a split-site transnational programme similar to that currently in existence between University of Ghana and the Gulf University of Bahrain. Arising from the Ghana discussions, both universities are currently collaborating to produce an articulation agreement that would govern the training of Ghanaian students at the Cave Hill Campus.

A four-year MOU between Cave Hill and the University of Ghana culminates in March 2018 and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, will visit Barbados next year to initial its renewal.

The Cave Hill delegation’s visit was part of a Trade Mission by Republic Bank Barbados, an affiliate of the Republic Bank in Ghana known as HFC Bank. The latter has already expressed a willingness to develop a student financial loan product to assist Ghanaian students wishing to study in the Caribbean.


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