March 1, 2013
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the College of Bioresource Science of Nihon University, Japan and the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences of the University of Ghana took place at the office of the Pro-vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana recently. The MoU details an agreement for Japan's assistance to improve the quality of veterinary medicine and other related agricultural sciences as requested by the Government of Ghana.
The School of Veterinary Sciences (SVM) under the College of Agriculture and Consumer Science is the first and only veterinary school in Ghana, however, due to the limited number of veterinary medicine specialists in Ghana, SVM had to appoint lecturers from other departments such as zoology and life sciences to lecture in the school as well as share education facilities with those same departments.
Japan, through JICA and Nihon University is going to assist the SVM go through an update over the next two years. A two-member team of professors visited the SVM from Nihon University in September 2012 for two weeks to assess the level of cooperation; two more professors will visit in March.
Priority issues of veterinary research in Ghana have been identified and the areas for strengthening veterinary education at the University of Ghana have also been clarified. For this purpose, JICA will dispatch short-term experts and provide materials and equipment which are necessary for project activities.
In his speech, Chief Representative of JICA, Mr. Jiro Inamura mentioned that; "The collaboration between Japan and the University of Ghana has a long history, especially with medical collaborations. We have other area of partnerships with University of Ghana such as youth unemployment study and research project on climate change and the ecosystem. JICA has been enjoying cordial relation with the University. We are happy that our relationship with the University has deepened through today's MOU. I hope our new collaboration will contribute towards the development of Ghana."