The Republic of Ghana and Missouri University of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding that grants access to over $10 million worth of scholarships, to Ghanaian students and professionals.
The agreement was signed during an official visit by Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, to the university located in Rolla, Missouri.
The three-year agreement is expected to benefit students and professionals who want to pursue Masters and PhD in the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) areas of study. It also waives off requirements such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL).
At the signing ceremony, Interim Chancellor, Christopher G. Maples intimated that “the agreement is intended to stimulate and facilitate the intellectual and cultural development of both parties, and particularly, provide professional development opportunities for students and professionals from Ghana.”
The agreement forms part of Ambassador, Dr. Adjei-Barwuah’s educational strategy to develop the skills and talents of Ghanaians, in line with government’s commitment to building a value-added economy.
“We are committed to building an economy that adds value to our raw materials. This partnership will help us develop talents who will be instrumental in our strategy to mine and add value to our bauxite. We have invested a lot of passion in this agreement because it’s going to help us produce the kinds of people both sides will be proud of, and on whose shoulders, Ghana will prosper”, Dr. Adjei-Barwuah said.
The two parties also agreed on setting up research centers across Ghana and to also help with capacity building in the mining and petroleum industries.
As part of the visit, Ambassador Dr. Adjei-Barwuah toured the school’s Experimental Mining and Explosives site as well as the university’s Nuclear Reactor site.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Kofi Tonto, Head of Information & Public Affairs; Bernard Acquah, First Secretary/Political Affairs; and Kwame Antwi-Frempong, a consultant.