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LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE VISITS CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

25th Oct 2018

 

On Thursday, 18th October, 2018, officials from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine interacted with the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro Vice-Chancellor and other senior faculty of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor welcomed them and expressed Central University's willingness to partner with like-minded institutions to explore mutually beneficial relationships since CU is currently a leader in Science Education within the Private Tertiary Education space.

The team from the  Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine  was made up of Professor Phillip Padfield, the first Dean of Education for LSTM, Mr Michael Lurie,Director of International Education & Knowledge Exchange and Dr. Martha Chinouya.

Even though the London School of Tropical Medicine since its inception in 1898 had had several collaborations with universities around the world, it just recently received accreditation to award  its own degrees. The  visit was  hence to explore a viable partnership with a Ghanaian tertiary institution to host a programme in Global Health Leadership. The vision of the programme is to develop global health leaders and practitioners to meet the health needs of the African continent. The programme aims to train professionals who will offer their expertise within the African continent to prevent the brain drain syndrome.

The visit to CU was to look at opportunities for this partnership in the areas of infrastructure, quality assurance, student affairs, and accreditation concerns.  Since the programme will be structured using blended learning approach, preferably, Moodle, an open source learning platform which the Centre for Open and Distance Education in CU already uses, the host institution will to help provide the framework for the effective running of the programme. This strategy is to encourage continuous professional development of would-be students. 

The team met and interacted with:

  • Prof. Bill Puplampu (Vice-Chancellor, CU)
  • Prof. John Ofosu-Anin (Pro Vice Chancellor, CU)
  •  Rev. Dr. Kwasi Sampong  (Director, Centre for Open and Distance Education)
  • Prof. Apatu (Dean, School of Medical and Health Sciences)
  • Prof. Frederick Rodrigues (Director, Quality Assurance)
  • Dr Gloria Dzeha (Dean of Students)
  • Dr Ransford Antwi, Coordinator, Internship & Exchange Programmes and 
  • Ms Denise Duncan, Office of Internship & Exchange Programmes

 

Briefing the Pro Vice-Chancellor who hosted them,  the LSTM team indicated that the proposed programme will be MSc in Global Health with possible joint certification by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the host institution. Other types of partnership may be considered for mutual approval in the future.  Graduates will be able to work with NGOs, Civil Societies, and Government Agencies as well as undertake research pertinent to the area of global health. The programme will cover global health issues such as:

  • Communicable diseases
  • Infectious diseases
  • Climate Change and
  • Environmental challenges

The programme will furthermore encourage research into tropical medicine. 

The programme is set to start in September 2019 on a part-time basis where students will have the opportunity to graduate within a minimum of 2 to 3 years and 5 years maximum. The programme requirements includes a good first degree in any field with an English background as the course will be taught in English.

The Team from LSTM were given a tour of the CU campus. At the end of the tour the team expressed their satisfaction with what they had heard, seen and observed. They expressed their gratitude for the warm reception CU accorded them and were particularly grateful for the engagement of of the CU teams in the discussions and the invaluable feedback they received. A detailed MOU will be signed in due course.


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