Wawasan Open University (WOU) hosted a study visit by a delegation from
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
Acting Provost of KNUST’s College of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof Samuel
Kofi Afrane, was accompanied on his visit to WOU by the Dean of the Business
School, Prof Joseph Magnus Frimpong.
Prof Ho welcomes Prof Afrane to WOU.
Prof Afrane shared that the main focus of their visit was to explore
collaboration with WOU in developing their Business School.
According to Prof Afrane, KNUST, a high-ranking university in West Africa
established 60 years ago, is currently organised into six Colleges. It has a
total of 27,000 students, of which the majority (22,000) of students study
via the face-to-face mode, and the others via distance learning.
He stated that the College of Arts and Social Sciences receives the highest
number of students, accounting for some 35% of total student enrolment. The
Business School – established six years ago - is one of the five faculties
under the College.
KNUST delegates explore the campus.
Meanwhile Prof Frimpong said that KNUST’s Business School currently offers
BSc Business Administration - with options in specialisations like Human
Resource Management, Accounting, Banking and Finance, International
Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Marketing – and an
Executive MBA programme (since 2008).
The meeting with KNUST was led by WOU Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Prof
Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye. Others in attendance included Assistant Vice
Chancellor Prof Mohandas Menon, Registrar Yeong Sik Kheong, School of
Business Administration senior lecturer Prakash Arumugam, ETP director Grace
Lau, multimedia technologist Marnisya Rahim, and Assistant Library Manager
Chew Bee Leng.
Formal discussion between WOU and KNUST.
The areas for possible further interaction between WOU and KNUST as
suggested at this meeting include curriculum development for Diploma and
Certificate courses for working adults, staff exchange programmes, and
assistance in building up their e-library resources.