Prof. Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs, and Mr. Leslie Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, GE, Ghana in a handshake after signing the MOU
The University of Ghana and General Electric (GE), have signed a memorandum of understanding covering a US$100,000 scholarship package for needy brilliant students of the University of Ghana.
Prof. Kwame Offei (right) and Mr. Leslie Nelson (left) appending their signatures to copies of the MOU
The Pro-Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Kwame Offei, during the short ceremony expressed the University’s delight at the scholarship package which he noted will go a long way to support more brilliant needy students in the university and help build a stronger human capital base for Ghana. He added that the Students Financial Aid Office (SFAO) through its steering committee and General Electric will administer the financial aid component of the scheme whiles the university’s board of trustees for academic prizes will manage the excellence award component. The University of Ghana academic award ceremony is an annual event and on these occasions, general electric would be expected to present the awards to the deserving students. He noted that the University was looking forward to more partnerships with the company.
Mr. Leslie Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, GE, Ghana, said the gesture asserted GE’s commitment to develop human capital aa well as localizing its operations in the country. He said the company is looking forward to discover and nurture talents and build capacity of the labor force to spur up social and economic growth of the country. He also indicated that training, building skills and technology transfer are key ingredients of the company’s localization strategy in Ghana.
Mr. Leslie Nelson, disclosed plans by the Company to provide Oil and Gas scholarships for Ghanaians, training both locally and internationally at GE’s Oil and Gas University in Houston, Texas, Florence, Italy, Aberdeen and Scotland. Mr. Nelson who is an alumnus of the University said the scholarship will target students from Science and Engineering Departments.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel Ashia, Director of Finance, Mr. Richard Boapea, Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, Head of Student Financial Aid Office, Mrs. Christy Baning, Admissions Officer, Mrs. Gladys Okyere Boateng and a team from General Electric.
General Electric is a multi-national company that provides services in Power Generation, Oil Gas, and Healthcare sectors.
UG and GE representatives in a pose after the ceremony