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UDS To Provide Bilingual Education

2007-01-23 17:42:00
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The University for Development Studies (UDS) has finalised arrangements with the French Government to provide bilingual tertiary education to all its students, in English and French.

This follows the success of a pilot project of teaching and learning in the two languages which started in 2004.

This came to light when the French Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Jacquemot Pierre, commissioned an ¢80 million French Audio-visual laboratory at the Navrongo campus of the USD here.

The ambassador expressed satisfaction at the performance of the pilot project and assured of the continued support of his country to enhance the success of the project.

Professor John B.K. Kaburise, Vice Chancellor of the university, noted that the university appreciates the realisation of this project in particular because of its numerous benefits.

He said, the programme would not only enrich the faculties but also serve as a unifying factor for a continent bedeviled with wars and a useful tool for acceleration of regional integration.

It would also serve as an incentive to entice Francophone investors.

Under the programme, all students of the university, irrespective of the course area, would study French in the first and second years. Students can then opt to receive tuition in French for the rest of the course period.

He observed that the sub-region was at the threshold of regional integration and expressed the conviction that the French training would help to make its graduates preferable choices for both local and international organisations.

Prof. Kaburise announced that the French faculty of the university will graduate its first batch of 123 pioneer students, including 15 females in February this year.

Prof. Kaku Nokoe, pro-vice chancellor and co-coordinator of the programme, hinted that the university can now admit candidates from other parts of the world, particularly Africa and the West African sub region,

The Upper East Regional Minister Mr. Boniface Gambila, thanked the French government for the long standing fruitful collaboration and assistance that the country had enjoyed.

He gave the assurance that the government on its part would continue to provide the much needed resources and infrastructure for the accelerated development of the university.

source: Times

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