The Alumni Relations Office has organised the first ever “Alumni Time with UG” on Saturday, 9th March 2019 at the Arc Centre in Islington, United Kingdom.
The aim of “Alumni Time with UG” is to create, and/or strengthen the relationships between past students and the University, by providing a platform for Senior Management and relevant University staff whenever they travel, to interact with Alumni to brief them on current events in the University and also to take an interest in the progress of alumni in all aspects of their endeavors. The Alumni Relations Office intends to use the “Alumni Time with UG” and other programmes, to bring UG and her Alumni together wherever possible all over the world.
VC in a group photograph with the Alumni
This particular dinner event climaxed the visit of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, and his Team to the UK on official business (please click https://www.ug.edu.gh/news/university-ghana-expands-frontiers-institutio...for details of the VC’s visit to the UK).
The Dinner was attended by a select group of specially invited UG Alumni living in the UK, and some members of the UK Alumni Association.
These specially invited guests were drawn from the UG Alumni database of the Alumni Relations Office (please click http://bit.ly/clickugalumniform if you are an alumnus, to help us update your details).
Speaking as the host country’s Alumni representative, Dr. Owusu-Ansah, the UK Alumni Association Executive President, extended a warm welcome to the delegation and underscored the importance of Alumni in the growth and development of universities through contributing their resources and time. He pledged the support of the Alumni Association to ensure the success of the UG Endowment Fund, launched during the 70th Anniversary Celebrations in 2018.
VC delivering his speech
The VC, in his speech expressed his gratitude to the University’s Alumni and stressed the pivotal role they (Alumni) play in advancing the progress of the University. He appealed to the Alumni to remain an integral part of the growth process and reassured them that the University is taking the necessary steps to protect its investments. He also informed the Alumni of the Endowment Fund set up purposely to supplement Government funding to improve the delivery on quality teaching and research among others.
Some Alumni listening to the VC
The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Professor Kwame Offei, briefly highlighted the University’s research capacity focusing on three recent World Bank Grants totaling Seventeen Million US Dollars ($17 million) for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the College of Health Sciences.
Following these addresses, there was an interactive session with Alumni, who later expressed delight at the warmth and openness of the informal discussions, especially with the VC.
Several Alumni pledged their support to give towards the UG@70 Endowment Fund and expressed their appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor and his team for the assurances that all contributions would be used judiciously.
A presentation was also made by the Financial Secretary of the UK Alumni Association, Dr. Isaac Awule on behalf of the Association. He said the UK Association had raised One thousand Pounds (GBP 1,000) during an Alumni Fundraising Dinner towards the UG@70 Endowment Fund held last year. He assured the gathering that the Association had plans to hold several fundraising events in 2019. He mentioned that a portion of any contributions made, would be put towards the Endowment Fund.
During the function, Dr. and Mrs. Owusu-Ansah and Dr. and Mrs. Awule pledged Five Hundred Pounds (GBP 500) and Two Hundred Pounds (GBP 200) respectively, towards the UG@70 Endowment Fund.
Some Alumni also promised to leverage on their networks to foster collaborations with industry and other academic institutions to promote joint research.
The dinner ended with a vote of thanks by Mrs. Marian Awule and a prayer by Prof. Anthony Andrew Adjei.
The Vice Chancellor’s delegation included, Prof. Kwame Offei, Prof. Andrew Anthony Adjei, Prof. Boateng Onwona-Agyeman, Dr. Ibrahim Bedi, Mrs. Stella Amoa and Mrs. Mammie Nortey.
The Alumni Relations Office extends its heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Andy Lumor, the Overseas Representative of the Universities of Ghana Overseas Office, and Mrs. Mammie Nortey for collaborating with us and making this event (Alumni Time with UG) a great success.