President of Dominion University College, Professor Nicolas N. N. Nsowah-Nuamah, has announced his outfit commitment and readiness to collaborate effectively with the University of Kigali (UOK) in Rwanda to build better Africa universities innovation ecosystems in the continent.
According to the former government statistician, the universities play an important role in innovation ecosystems, saying that they believed that effective collaboration with the viable and reputation educational institutions like University of Kigali in Rwanda is key to improving higher education on the African continent.
In addition to developing human capital and advancing technology, Prof Nsowah-Nuamah stated that they are increasingly expected to participate as economic development partners with industry and national governments.
Models such as the Dominion University College, have been advanced to frame the assessment of interactions among academia, industry, and governments that may foster economic development in the continent.
Prof Nsowah-Nuamah said the College is producing students, relevant to the emerging markets by equipping them with the right skills and attitude.
To achieve this, he said, the college has revamped the centre for skills development which has prepared students with employable skills through zero-credit courses delivered by industry and practicing professionals.
He said the added that the college has worked assiduously to improving institutional governance, strengthen academic quality assurance unit to promote efficient staff self-assessment and regular students’ assessment of lecturers and effective peer review.
“Aside signing this MoU with this credible university, we shall continue to develop strong partnerships with local industry to ensure demand-driven programmes that are relevant in addressing the needs of industry and society,” he said this at the Dominion University College in Accra during the signing of the MoU with University of Kigali in Rwanda on Wednesday November 18, 2021.
He stated that the university decided to enter into partnership agreement with the University of Kigali after it had careful read the about them and realised that the University of Kigali is very a credible institution, taking into the consideration the fact that Rwanda is now a centre of excellent of higher education.
“Every University in Africa has its challenge because they have few members and that if you want to sit in your campus and think of developing, it is not going to help.
“So what is usually happen is that we need to collaborate with either the private or public universities so that you can determine the strength of each other and combine the strength to see the university, so that is the reason why we decided to collaborate with University of Kigali,” Prof: Nsowah- Nuamah stated.
The partnership agreement for the two private universities which would last for five years is aimed at exchanging educational curriculum programmes with both Dominion University College and the University of Kigali in Rwanda.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Kigali in Rwanda, Prof. Robert E. Hinson in the company of the Director of Marketing and Institutional Advancement in University, Madam Gifty Aduamah, highlighted the success stories about academic curriculum programmes being currently pursued in the University of Kigali in Rwanda.
The MoU will provide the foundation and framework for the particular or specific projects and programs that may be developed by academic and administrative units from the parties involved.
It is agreed that UoK and Dominion will work together to promote and execute formal cooperation agreements to govern each project or activity such as student’s exchange, faculty and staff exchanges, exchange of materials, documents and equipment.