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 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.
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.
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.