July 12, 2007
University of the District of Columbia Supports Inauguration of Garden City University College in Ghana
Washington, DC – Dr. Bobby Austin, Vice President of University Relations and Communications at the University of the District of Columbia, represented UDC at the June 30, 2007 inauguration of the Garden City University College (GCUC) at Kenyase, Ghana. 250 freshmen were initiated at a colorful matriculation ceremony marking the opening of the University. UDC has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Garden City University that will facilitate exchanges between the two institutions of higher learning.
The official opening is a national event, according to Dr. Austin, who said than 700 Ghanaians attended this national event, including local political and education leaders.
“This is an important milestone in the development of private higher education in Ghana,” said Dr. Austin. “The University of the District of Columbia views development of international relations as one of our core missions, so it is indeed an honor for the University of the District of Columbia to be a part of Garden City’s development into a full-fledged university.”
The University of the District of Columbia has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Garden City University that will allow academic visits of campuses by both scholars and teachers. The MOU provides for joint teaching programs and faculty exchanges and wider participation in seminars and academic meetings. Under this understanding, both universities envision the development of new and innovative academic programs, and the exchange of undergraduate students.
The Garden City University students present at the university’s inauguration took their first step on a journey to pursue higher academic laurels as they swore the traditional matriculation oath to the applause of a large crowd of invited guests, parents, eminent Ashanti chiefs, government officials, educationists and staff of the college. Garden City University, which is the private initiative of Chancellor Albert Acquah, a Ghanaian who once resided in the United States of America, has become one of the torch-bearers among similar private universities in the country.
“This is a historic date for both our universities,” said Dr. Austin. “It’s an honor to witness history in the making.”
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