Okayama University is a national university in Japan and well known for producing intelligent, innovative and effective graduates.
Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana (UG), speaking at the event expressed the hope that this would foster strong relationship between the UG and Okayama and further strengthen bilateral relations.
He said the international relations looks bright and important for any university that wants to spread its tentacles across board.
This he said would allow for exchange in knowledge, research and in all fields.
He encouraged other private universities in the country to engage with foreign institutions to raise their image for the needed development and best practices.
Prof Zhang Hong, the Chairperson of OUIAA expressed happiness for having inaugurated the Ghana branch alumni.
“This will help deepen relations…and allow Okayama University alumni in Ghana to freely interact with the international body”.
Prof Zhang said the branch was the first to be opened in West Africa, which brings to 50 worldwide.
She expressed confidence that this would bring about collaboration between the two universities and better enhance country friendship.
Mr Joseph Essah, representative of the Scholarships Secretariat also expressed gratitude to Japan for the administration and implementation of scholarships for Ghanaian students.
He said a total of 35 students comprising 15 Masters/ PhD/Research Students, 10 undergraduate students, five colleges of technology students and five specialised training college students have been shortlisted and submitted to the Japan for the next scholarship programme.
“We look forward for fruitful collaborations and engagements,” he said.
The Interim President of the Ghana branch OUIAA, Dr Stephen Abenney Mickson, called on the President of Okayama University and the Chairperson of the Alumni Association to make scholarships available in their Medical and Law and Business schools for Ghanaian students to get the opportunity to be trained.
Source: GNA/News Ghana