Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Takoradi (W/R), Oct. 19, GNA – The Takoradi
Technical University (TTU) has signed a partnership agreement with the
Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Coast (CIUCC) for staff and
students of TTU to further their studies with scholarships in the Chinese
The CIUCC would further make provision for
visiting scholars to help expand the knowledge base of both institutions.
After one year of the CIUCC-TTU partnership,
CIUCC will assist TTU to apply for the establishment of a language laboratory –
Centre for Languages and Liberal Studies within the framework of existing
Confucius classroom guidelines.
At a brief ceremony held at the University,
the Vice Chancellor, Reverend Professor John Frank Eshun, who initialled for
Takoradi Technical University lauded the initiative and urged the entire
university community to take advantage of the development to learn the Chinese
He recalled that Ghana has signed eight MoUs
with China for infrastructural development which include roads and bridges and
that 20 TTU staff were engaged in various studies in China.
He expressed appreciation to Prof Hu Liangcai
and his team, for extending their academic assistance to TTU.
The Vice Chancellor praised the Dean of the
Centre for Languages and Liberal Studies, Dr Prize F.Y. McApreko for the effort
and called on stakeholders to ensure that the stated goals are attained.
For his part, the China Director of the
Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Coast, Prof Hu Liangcai, said the
TTU Confucius Institute to be spearheaded by the Centre for Languages and
Liberal Studies when established, would be the 14th in the country.
He presided over a documentary on the Confucius
Institute initiatives in the country, and was particularly thankful to Dr Prize
McApreko for his efforts to ensure the success of the initiative.
Explaining some of the benefits to be gained
by both institutions, Dr Prize F.Y. McApreko, Dean of the Centre for Languages
and Liberal Studies, said the inclusion of Chinese language as a liberal course
gave true meaning to the resolve of the Centre to establish a visible,
results-oriented and highly-competitive niche for itself as a ‘primus inter
pares’ among languages acquisition and development centres in the country.
He said the discovery of oil and gas in the
Western Region has become a central attraction for Chinese and other nationals
to do business in the Region.
“Since language acquisition embodies its
culture, the introduction of Chinese language should be appreciated beyond mere
language acquisition and should facilitate rapid transfer of technological and
ideological competencies for the benefit of the country,” he said.