KNUST has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Stirling, Scotland (UoS). The MOU among other things seeks to encourage academic cooperation through research and study for the advancement of learning in the field of Sports and Exercise Sciences.
The MOU would also facilitate the admission of qualified students from one university to the other for the purpose of enrolling in programmes of study in the sports and exercise sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Professor William Otoo Ellis, the Vice-Chancellor, stated that the Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences is one of the distress Departments in the area of staffing. He hoped the collaboration would help address the critical needs of the Department in the area of staff and student exchange, capacity building, knowledge sharing and research.
He further stated that the partnership between the two institutions would help the University in its pursuit of academic excellence to grow and to develop more academic programmes in the area of sports for KNUST to become the best Sports University on the African continent.
Head of the School of Sports of the UoS, Professor David Lavallee, said his institution is one of the best sports institutions in the world committed to developing critical minds. Professor Lavallee stated that UoS through the collaboration would help KNUST to execute her core mandate and position her as the University of Sports in Africa.
Beverley Whiteheed, International and Partnerships Officer, noted that her outfit had a track record of academic excellence in sports and other disciplines. Madam Whiteheed said UOS was awarded by the United Kingdom Government for their commitment to the development of Sports education in 2008, and is noted for the integration of its Sports Directorate and Faculty, and that KNUST stands to gain in this partnership.
Kobby Yebo Okrah, the Registrar, said the Sports and Excercise Sciences Department, though a young one, could become a centre of excellence and could develop external and internal sandwich programmes to train sporting clubs, institutions and individuals. Mr. Yebo Okrah therefore welcomed the agreement between the two parties and called for the commitment of both parties.
The Sports Directorate welcomed the collaboration and appealed to the University of Sterling Team to share their experiences with KNUST.
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