Mount Crest University College at Larteh, one of the private tertiary institutions in the country, will, from January 2015, start admitting medical students.
It will be the first private university to offer such a programme, which is currently being pursued solely by students in the state-owned universities.
The university college currently offers programmes in law, public health services, management and publishing studies.
Mr Kwaku Ansah-Asare, founder of the university, made this known when he led four lecturers of Penn State Hershey Medical Centre (University) in the United States, professors Daniel R. Wolaw,Therese M. Wolpaw, N. Benjamin Fredrick and Wenke Hwang to pay a courtesy call on the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Julius Debrah, at his office in Koforidua on Thursday.
The American lecturers, together with Mr Ansah-Asare and some staff members of Mount Crest, were in Koforidua to express their appreciation to the regional minister for the role he had played in the establishment of the university.
Penn State Hershey Medical Centre is expected to partner Mount Crest University to offer the medical programme and the lecturers were in the country to get firsthand information on the sort of assistance to be provided to the Ghanaian university.
According to Mr Ansah-Asare, almost everything had been done and that barring any last minute hitch, the university would start admitting students to the medical programme.
He said it had been the desire of Mount Crest to add the training of medical doctors to its programmes to produce such scarce highly trained manpower to man health delivery institutions in the country.
The founder of the university college was appreciative to the government, especially the personal contributions of Mr Debrah and his predecessor, Mrs Helen Adjoa Ntoso, for their immense contribution towards the establishment of the university.
Mr Debrah was full of praise for Mount Crest University for deciding to train medical doctors, an initiative which, he said, had so far not been undertaken by a private university and gave an assurance that his office would support the university.
He also commended Penn State Hershey Medical Centre for deciding to partner Mount Crest University to start the medical programme.
Madam Therese M. Wolpaw, Vice Dean (Educational Affairs) of the Penn State Hershey Medical Centre, on behalf of her colleagues, thanked Mr Debrah and the government for supporting the initiative and indicated that it would go a long way in cementing the already cordial relations between Ghana and the United States, especially in the field of education.
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