Professor Kelly Askew, the Director of the University of Michigan (U-M) African Studies Centre(ASC) has called on the Office of the Vice-Chancellor as part of her visit. Professor Askew was received by Reverend Professor Charles Ansah, the Pro Vice-Chancellor.
Receiving the Director of ASC, Reverend Prof. Ansah commended her and the U-M for their continuous support to KNUST and other African institutions, he continued that KNUST is committed to the relationship with U-M and pledged management’s support to sustain the partnership.
Rev. Prof. Ansah further said the KNUST- U-M relationship has existed for a long time and has been of tremendous help to the University, as most staff have benefitted from the partnership.
Professor Kelly Askew stated that U-M has supported staff of KNUST and have collaborated in the area of research and capacity building and expressed U-M’s readiness to support more staff from all disciplines in the University.
Professor Abraham Y. Mensah of the Faculty of Pharmacy, noted that a lot of KNUST faculty and students have received sponsored PhDs from U-M, internships, staff exchange, conferences and joint research activities, with the latest resulting in the development of an antibiotic. Professor Mensah revealed that so far about twenty-four (24) faculty members across the University have benefitted from the partnership since 2008. According to Professor Mensah, KNUST hosted the U-M STEM Conference in 2012 under the Chairmanship of Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, the current Vice-Chancellor, the then Dean of the International Programmes office.