UDS HOSTS THIRD EDITION OF THE GHANA-NORWAY SUMMER SCHOOL
The University for Development Studies (UDS) is hosting the 2018 edition of the Ghana-Norway Summer School in Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy on its Tamale Campus. The Summer School which has been running since 2016 is being held in Northern Ghana for the first time. The Summer School is an initiative under the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART), which aims to establish a partnership for education and research within the fields of Medical Physics, Radiation Protection and Radiography. The Summer School is being held for students and practitioners of Medical Physics or Radiography from America, as well as countries across Africa and Europe. This year’s Summer School is under the theme Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound and X-ray Imaging .
At the opening ceremony of the Summer School, the Vice Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University mentioned that UDS is pleased to host the Summer School because of its potential ability to address the challenge of inadequate radiographers in Ghana. He added that plans are underway by the University to mount undergraduate and graduate programmes in the areas of Medical Physics and Radiography. The Vice Chancellor said he believes the University’s collaboration with the NORPART project would further strengthen the ability of UDS to fulfill the necessary requirements in order to begin running the programmes. He assured the organisers of the Summer School of the University’s full support.
The Coordinators of the Ghana-Norway Partnership Project, Professor Pål Erik Goa (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) and Professor John Justice Fletcher (University for Development Studies, Ghana) expressed gratitude to UDS for choosing to host the Summer School project in Northern Ghana. They advised the participants to actively engage in the interactions that would take place during the Summer School and to network with other participants. They equally encouraged the participants to take advantage of the Student Exchange Programme sponsored by NORPART, which gives students studying fields within Medical Physics and Radiography the opportunity to complete part of their thesis in Norway.
The Dean of the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences at the University of Ghana, Professor Yaw Serfor-Armah assured the participants they will be exposed to experienced academics and clinical staff from partner institutions in Ghana and Norway who will be ready to teach and interact with them. He expressed optimism that the NORPART project would assist in building the needed human resource to push the agenda of sound Diagnostic radiology, Nuclear medicine and Radiotherapy services in Ghana and Africa.
The Summer School will run till Friday, June 29, 2018.