The University of Cape Coast, UCC, and the Kristo Asafo Mission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to encourage multi-disciplinary research into science, technology, innovation, engineering, organic agriculture, amongst others. This is to enhance the mutual growth and development of the institutions.
The agreement will enable UCC liaise with Kristo Asafo Mission and its training centres for assessment, training and award certificates.
The collaboration will enable UCC participate in the Technology Exhibition organized by the Kristo Asafo Mission annually.
The MoU will also allow UCC to make available research findings and new technologies to Kristo Asafo Mission to improve upon their agricultural activities.
According to the MoU, the Mission will compile a list of workers and trainees for training and certification at UCC and the Mission will avail UCC research team of its forest reserve.
Furthermore, the Mission shall assist UCC to institute Reality Shows for farmers on organic agriculture, as well as provide funding for the programmes agreed on upon shared consent by the parties.
At a brief signing ceremony at UCC, the Provost of the College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Prof. Moses Jojo Eghan, said the two institutions had collaborated in the past and underlined that UCC was happy to go into the partnership with the Mission.
He described the collaboration as a “win-win situation” stressing that “They will win by bringing in their expertise and we will also win by giving them certification and also sharing ideas with them in terms of science.”
Prof Eghan emphasised that the agreement would promote sustainable development and reduce the scourge of unemployment in the country in the foreseeable future.
For his part, the General Secretary of the Kristo Asafo Church, Lawyer Owusu Badu, who initialed on behalf of the Mission, conveyed the warmest greetings of Apostle Emeritus Prof. Ing. Kwadwo Safo, the Founder of the Kristo Asafo Church, to the Vice-Chancellor, staff and students of the University.
He added that the partnership would bridge the yawning gap between academia and industry, as well as enhance the cordial relations between UCC and the Mission.
Lawyer Badu stated that the MoU had got “a lot of potential for development... Together, we can team up and form a very strong front that we will turn out products that, I am sure, will be the envy of the entire nation”.
Source: Documentation and Information Section-UCC