Initiative aims to support the African country’s efforts to educate young people.
On Monday, November 12, 2018, Andrews University president Andrea Luxton signed a formal partnership agreement with the government of Ghana at a meeting with His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19th ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States of America.
The agreement is part of the Ghanaian government’s commitment to expanding educational opportunities, including a focus on assuring a free senior-high-school education for each of its citizens and expanding opportunities within Ghana and throughout the world for university-level education.
What It Entails
University leaders reported that under the terms of the Andrews University partnership agreement with the government of Ghana, students from Ghana are welcomed by Andrews University to complete a degree in business, international development, or education. Participation in the agreement is open to undergraduate and graduate students for full-time regular study with financial support from the government program. Students will be able to attend Andrews for all four years at the undergraduate level or to transfer in part-way through their academic program.
At the graduate level, it is expected that students will complete all or nearly all of their degree requirements at Andrews University or via the online programs from their own country. Initially, five to ten students are expected in the first semester, with numbers growing somewhat after that.
The new agreement will garner its first participants in the summer of 2019.
Luxton said that two elements make Andrews University an ideal partner in this endeavor — the international nature of the school, and its commitment to training people to make positive changes in the world.
“Andrews University is proud to be one of the most ethnically and internationally diverse national universities in the United States, and this agreement with the government of Ghana expands and deepens our commitment to be a place where world changers are made,” Luxton said.
“In my professional experience, I’ve had the opportunity to see the impact and possibilities that come with further education,” said Adjei-Barwuah, who was educated in Ghana, England, and the United States and who has taught at universities in England. “If we talk about socio-economic development in our society, and of Ghana in particular, I believe that will best and truly come as we invest in our students and open the door to the possibilities of the future that come with further education.”
About Andrews University
Founded in 1874, Andrews University is the flagship institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 200 areas of study, including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and the university also provides instruction at colleges and universities in 19 countries around the world.