Savannah State University delegation visits the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB)
In pursuit of Strengthening our international collaboration and partnerships, a four member delegation from the Savannah State University (SSU) GA, USA has visited the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB) and the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP). The delegation arrived on Friday, 16th December 2016 and was led by Prof Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, Director of the International Education Center and Professor of Political Science at SSU.
The visit was to meet with faculty members to explore possible collaborations and discuss ways of deepening relations between SSU and BCMB.
Savannah State University is a historical black University located in Savannah, Georgia, United States, and was established in November 26, 1890. SSU has also contributed to the Ghana Group Projects Abroad (GGPA) which seeks to promote the development of foreign language and curricula steeped in the history and culture of West Africa.
Welcoming the delegation, Prof Gordon Awandare the Director of WACCBIP and Head of Department of BCMB noted that, the department is desirous of diversifying the number of programmes offered, in line with its internationalization drive. He added that even though WACCBIP has built extensive partnerships through the World Bank and the Wellcome Trust Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) programmes, further partnerships are needed to help boost teaching, learning and research activities. He therefore welcomed the idea of sharing knowledge and partnering with SSU.
Prof Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, was full of admiration for the achievements of the department internationally and noted that SSU is keen on giving opportunities in student exchange programs and study abroad agreements which will inure mutual benefit. He said a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the College of Sciences & Technology (COST) of SSU and College of Basic and Applied Sciences of University of Ghana, to facilitate an increased collaboration between the institutions. The MOU will also allow funding for buying equipment for research.
During the discussions, Forensic Science emerged as an area of common intent. SSU have a well-developed Forensic Science programme, whereas BCMB seeks to develop one, so it was agreed that this was fertile ground for collaboration. The link between SSU and BCMB was catalyzed by the pending visit of one of the BCMB PhD students to SSU to conduct part of his research thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Mahasin Osman.
The delegation also interacted with faculty members and students and toured the various laboratories and facilities. They commended the department for its laudable achievements and looked forward to visiting again.