Centre For European Studies Holds Retreat for Adjunct Fellows

The Centre for European Studies (CES), University of Ghana held a weekend retreat to review and discuss the CES draft MA Programme in European Studies.  The retreat was held at the International Students Guest Centre, in Teiman, near Abokobi from Friday 3rd to Saturday 4th November. The retreat brought together a carefully selected interdisciplinary Adjunct Fellows drawn from various departments, Institutes, Schools and Centres of the University of Ghana.

Explaining the rationale for the retreat, Professor Ransford Gyampo, Director of CES noted that the Centre worked with a commissioned expert in January 2017 to draft an MA Programme to be mounted. The retreat was therefore hosted to review and discuss the draft Programme and to build a sense of ownership of the Programme among its Adjunct Fellows. The retreat according to Prof Gyampo was also to solicit input of Adjunct Fellows of CES on how the Programme could be strengthened, fine-tuned, enriched and be made comparable to what pertains in other Universities across the globe where European Studies as a Programme is mounted and taught. 

Prof Gyampo, CES Director and Dr. Ababio, Head of History Department co-chairing a session

Commenting briefly on the draft Programme, Prof Gyampo noted that generally, European Studies is a multidisciplinary field which is studied in many academic colleges and universities focusing particularly on European integration. He noted that the draft Programme is carefully crafted to promote understanding of the developments, workings, policies, and limitation of European institutions. The draft Programme also contains courses that could foster student awareness of European history, culture, languages as well as the political and the socio-economic issues facing contemporary Europe. Prof Gyampo expressed optimism that students who would sign on to the Programme would gain a firm understanding of the core issues affecting daily lives in Europe in a manner that broadens their horizon and outlook.

Participants/Ajunct Fellows at the Retreat

Professor Gyampo added that after the retreat, the Draft Programme would be submitted to the Academic Board of the College of Humanities for approval.

Dr. Amanda Coffie (LECIAD) and Dr. Juliana Appiah (LECIAD) were there

According to him, all other procedural processes would be followed religiously   until the Draft Programme is finally approved by the National Accreditation Board. He was hopeful that the Draft Programme would be mounted by the beginning of 2019. He thanked all Adjunct Fellows for taking time off their busy schedules to be part of the CES retreat