Ghana is set to become the hub for international education as some renowned universities have set up campuses in the country.
One such university is Webster University, which was recently accredited to operate in Ghana, its first and only campus in Africa. The University intends to use its Accra campus as its main African hub, attracting students from the rest of Africa.
Dr. Thomas R. Oates, Director of Webster University’s Ghana campus, told journalists in Accra that the decision for Ghana to host a campus of the University had been greatly influenced by her strong emphasis on education as well as her sense of civil rights and the democratic and good economic environment.
He said since its inception in 1915 as a college of higher education for women till date, Webster had a tradition of providing access to higher education for people who, due to geography, history or in some cases, discrimination, did not have that access.
Dr. Oates stressed the University’s commitment to its international campuses, saying: “we have never opened an international campus and pulled out; we are committed to staying and making it work”.
He said Webster would offer students something different; an education that was based on a give-and-take, between faculty and students, instead of the traditional faculty to student form of education.
Small class sizes, 25 maximum for under-graduate classes, and 20 maximum for graduate classes, would enable students to enjoy several benefit, including faculty and staff to take individual interests in their students.
Dr Oates said the University was recruiting ‘the very best’ in faculty and staff, including those with years of experience with Webster University from various countries for its Ghana campus.
Mr. Ken Wichert, Director of Enrollment Management at Webster University-Ghana, also stressed the importance of focusing on individual needs of students and prospective students and not just the numbers.
The University would offer three course modules at the undergraduate level and two at the graduate level. The undergraduate courses are Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Management, BA in Media Communications and BA in International Relations while the Graduate courses are Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in International Relations.
Graduate courses may be taken on either a full or part time basis and lectures would be held in the evenings to enable working individuals to be able to enroll. The first batch of Webster students are expected to begin studies in January 2014. GNA