Statement of Cooperation Signed with the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana
On September 19th, UBC signed a Statement of Cooperation with the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana, formalizing a long-standing relationship and outlining our commitment to continue to explore areas in which our two universities can partner.
UBC Okanagan’s three-time alumna, Dr. Vida Yakong is the Head of Midwifery at UDS. Dr. Yakong holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Medical Anthropology), Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is also the founder and CEO of Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW), a community-based non-profit organization focused on bridging the gap in maternal and child health in rural settings and educational and economic capacity building for rural women.
This relationship has led to many opportunities for UBC Okanagan students to participate in programs in Ghana. Nursing students complete placements in medical and surgical units, community health clinics, and community health outreach programs as part of the Rural Nurse Practitioner Program. Additionally, Education students have contributed to literacy projects in partnership with Ghanaian School Districts, and Human Kinetics students have worked on health literacy promotion projects.
The Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Dr. Gabriel Teye, and Deans representing four faculties joined Dr. Yakong and were warmly welcomed to UBC. The delegates spent four days on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses engaging with UBC leadership and faculty members.
I had the pleasure of meeting with the delegates from UDS and discussing opportunities for expanded collaboration, building on an already strong and long-lasting relationship.
Meeting with the Scientific and Higher Education Attaché to the Consulate General of France (Vancouver)
Dr. Fabien Agenes, Science and Higher Education Attaché with the Office of the Consulate General of France in Vancouver visited us on August 19th. He met with members of the Office of Research Services, Mitacs, and myself to discuss opportunities for collaboration with UBC Okanagan. One initiative under discussion is hosting a climate and biodiversity event on the Okanagan campus in the coming year. Stay tuned!
The call for applications to the France-Canada Research Fund’s New Collaborations Program is open. This fund is for developing new scientific projects by French and Canadian teams who have not previously worked together. The deadline for applications is November 5th. Additionally, the Mourou-Strickland 2020 Mobility Fund is also open for applications for the initiation of sustainable collaborations between French and Canadian researchers (deadline November 28th 2019). The Consulate General of France has partnered with the Peter Wall Institute to fund visiting scholars from France as part of the French Scholars Lecture Series. This funding can be applied to bringing outstanding French academics from different disciplinary and academic backgrounds to participate in open dialogue with Canadian counterparts. For support or more information with any of these opportunities, please contact the Office of Research Services at UBC Okanagan.