The Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, has launched the IPO newsletter at a colourful welcome durbar held by the International Programmes Office (IPO) of the University of Ghana. The welcome durbar is an annual event organised by the IPO at the start of each academic year, to officially welcome students from different countries worldwide who are undertaking various programmes at the University of Ghana. This year’s ceremony, held on Saturday, 4th February 2023, was the first to be held since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delivering his welcome address, Prof. Eric Osei-Assibey,  Dean, International Programmes Office, expressed his pleasure and excitement in welcoming all guests and participants to the durbar, given that it was the first time that it was being held post-COVID-19. He thanked the Provost of the College of Humanities and all staff of the IPO for their support in organising the Durbar. Furthermore, he welcomed both regular and visiting international students back to school; and entreated them all to actively participate in the activities that the university had lined up for the celebration of its 75th anniversary. 

Prof. Eric Osei-Assibey, Dean,  International Programmes Office, delivering the welcome address.

Speaking on behalf of university management and also in his capacity as the Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori welcomed the international students both to the durbar and to the University of Ghana. In launching the new IPO e-newsletter, the Provost stated that its purpose was to serve as the IPO’s mouthpiece with a focus on activities like summer schools, exchange programmes, partnerships, mobility activities, and highlights of tourist sites in Ghana, among other things.  He stated that the newsletter would be published in July and November each year, with the maiden edition being published in February 2023. He, therefore, entreated the students to periodically check the newsletter to keep abreast with developments in the University, particularly regarding International programmes. The Provost also congratulated the Dean, International Programmes Office for their efforts and declared the IPO e-newsletter duly launched.

Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, Provost, College of Humanities, during his speech.

Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori also briefed the gathering  on the IPO’s 25th Anniversary celebrations to be held under the theme,  “Building on Twenty-five Years of Experience through Internationalisation.” He stated that the planned activities will take place in the course of the academic year and would include movie screenings, a health walk, recognition night, visits to Ghanaian festivals, and many more. In concluding his message, the Provost made a passionate appeal to corporate institutions, individuals and the entire University community to support the IPO in any way possible to help them carry out all these activities successfully.

Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, Provost, College of Humanities, Prof. Eric Osei-Assibey, Dean of International Programmes pictured seated with a cross-section of attendees during the event. 

In attendance at the fun-filled ceremony were staff of the IPO, the Director, Academic Affairs, Mrs. Lydia Nyako-Danquah and other UG officials, along with International students and some regular students at the University of Ghana. The event was held at the forecourt of the International House, University of Ghana, between 2:30pm and 6:30pm.

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