Management Pays Courtesy call on Leadership of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ghana

Management of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS) led by the Provost Professor Boateng Onwona-Agyeman paid a courtesy call on the Leadership of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ghana to discuss matters of mutual benefits.

       A group picture of the CBAS and JICA teams

The purpose of the visit was to discuss possible industry collaborations between the College and JICA Ghana on several fronts. The College made the following proposals:

  • Support from JICA Ghana for periodic skills upgrade for support staff of the College
  • Industry collaboration with Japanese companies for internship opportunities for students from the College
  • Hosting of Japanese experts who are interested in assisting the College at its unit.

Welcoming the CBAS team, the Chief Representative of JICA Mr Yasumichi Araki briefed the gathering on the activities of JICA in respect of its six target areas, namely Agriculture, Education, Private Sector, Health, Infrastructure, and Governance. He averred that CBAS has the potential to make an impact considering the composition of its units, programmes offered, faculty, staff, and students.

from l-r: Mr. Benjamin Owusu Addo (College Finance Officer), Prof. Boateng Onwona-Agyeman, (Provost)  and Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo (College Secretary)

In the ensuing discussions both teams agreed that, in the short term, they could partner each other in the areas of Agriculture and Health whiles seeking ways of working together in the long term for their mutual benefits. In the area of Agriculture, JICA’s experts in irrigation will partner the Department of Agricultural Engineering as well as provide internship opportunities for its students. In the area of Health, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, particularly its students, could explore internship opportunities with experts from JICA to gain hands-on experience. Additionally, the College could host Japanese experts who visit Ghana to provide some form of training for its units.

from l-r:Maki Ozawa (Senior Representative) and Yasumichi Araki (Chief Representative)

The team from the College comprised Professor Boateng Onwona-Agyeman, Provost; Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, College Secretary; Mr. Benjamin Owusu Addo, College Finance Officer; and Mr. John Adenaa Bawa, Senior Administrative Assistant. The JICA Ghana group was made up of Yasumichi Araki, Chief Representative at the Ghana Office; Abigail Kai N. Ankamah, Programme Officer (Industry); Maki Ozawa, Senior Representative; and Shunji Matsuzaki, Representative.