University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), joined 15 other universities (seven public and nine private universities) from Ghana at the International Students Recruitment Fair organized by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), under the auspices of the Ghana High Commission, Nigeria. The event was held at Providence Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, October 17 and 18.
Mr. Nurudeen Idrisu, Senior Assistant Register in the Directorate of Academic Affairs and Mrs. Dominica Anumu, Assistant Registrar in the Office of International Programmes, represented UHAS. The pair was ably supported by Professor Oluwaseun Omotayo, Head of Department at the School of Sports and Exercise Medicine (SSEM).
The UHAS Team, during the exhibition session, advertised the university to about 100 prospective students who visited the UHAS stand. This outreach was done using printed flyers and a promotional video about the University. The team also provided one-on-one guidance to participating students on general entry requirements for admission into any of the programmes offered at UHAS; and some interested students were even granted provisional admission, pending their completion of the proper admissions process.
The Fair is in line with the strategic foreign policy of Ghana, which among other things, enjoins Ghana’s diplomatic missions to promote tertiary and secondary institutions in host countries; hold educational conferences, fairs and seminars in host countries; liaise with Ghanaian educational institutions to facilitate the admission of foreign students; and collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, and tertiary and secondary institutions in Ghana.
Hajia Samata Gifty Bukari, Ghana’s Consul General to Lagos, who represented Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Hon. Rashid Bawa. Hajia Bukari told participants during the opening ceremony that the fair provides an opportunity to answer questions on the spot on how to gain admission into the institutions of higher learning in Ghana. She further indicated in a speech read on behalf of the High Commissioner, that the Ghana High Commission in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos have, over the years, been assisting various institutions of higher learning to reach out to students in Nigeria wishing to study in Ghana.
Other personalities at the fair included Mr. Albert Kassim Diwura, Deputy CEO, Human Resource and Administration, GEPA, who represented the CEO of GEPA, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare. Mr. Diwura told participants that trade in Services had become the catalyst for growth for many economies. He said, universities, since time immemorial, have been the hotbed for ideation, ingenuity and industry. Ghana’s tertiary education sector has therefore been the bulwark of higher institutions of learning, serving as the Mecca for English Language education in all fields for students across Africa who want to internationalize.
Activities during the fair included presentations by financial institutions and participating universities, remarks by school principals, exhibitions, and recruitment exercises.