Eight undergraduate students and two faculty from the Department of Biological Science at the University of Tulsa (TU) paid a visit to the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) on March 15, to interact with management and students, with a view to collaborating on an exchange programme. The group is on a mission, touring healthcare facilities in the Volta region, to learn about viral diseases and their management.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Lydia Aziato, who received the entourage, said UHAS doors are wide open to international partnerships and encouraged the TU group to take advantage of the upcoming UHAS-Ghana Summer School to explore the university and all it has to offer under the programme. She also advised them to keenly observe as they tour and, hopefully, return with adequate funding for some interventions, adding that the UHAS Management team is available to guide them through the process.
Speaking to about 70 students from the UHAS School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, Prof. Akhtar Ali, Professor of Virology at TU, said the interaction was to allow both students and faculty to brainstorm ideas and work out modalities for an exchange programme. He said their health college is focused on community medicine, and encouraged the UHAS students to take advantage of scholarships made available for graduate studies.
The UHAS students had many questions, mostly about how to access scholarships or grants to study at UT. Ms. Laura Semenow, Director, Centre for Global Engagement at TU, advised them to apply for funding for graduate studies, which would be more flexible and offer more options, rather than for undergraduate programmes. The UT students also gave the audience some insights into campus life as it pertains to academic and social activities.
The visit was facilitated by the Office of International Programmes, UHAS.