A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


altGhana's University of Cape Coast (UCC) today joined the Virtual Insitute, becoming its 40th core university member and the 13th country to represent Sub-Saharan Africa in the network. The initiative was taken by UCC Senior lecturer, Camara Kwasi Obeng, a graduate of the Vi trade and poverty online course held last year.

UCC acquired full-fledged university status in 1971. Its objective is to provide quality education through programmes that challenge learners to be creative, innovative and morally responsible citizens. It aims to develop its activities - teaching and training, research and outreach - in a manner that will allow it to respond effectively to the development needs of a changing world.

Within UCC, the Vi will cooperate with the Department of Economics, which offers undergraduate and graduate programmes featuring courses such as international trade theory and policy and international finance and open-economy macroeconomics, among others. Current areas of research include trade and poverty, revenue implications of trade liberalization, corporate tax competition and foreign direct investment (FDI), and South-South and North-South FDI.

UCC's participation in the Vi will be coordinated by Obeng, holder of a PhD in Economics and responsible for courses on international trade theory and policy, and international finance and open-economy macroeconomics. His research includes work on the impact of trade and financial liberalization on tariff revenue, output, foreign borrowing, income distribution and poverty.

A team of colleagues will also participate in the cooperation with the Vi: Vijay K. Bhasin, teaching international trade, international finance, and macroeconomics;  Samuel Kobina Annim,  involved in teaching statistics, and research methods and computer applications; William Gabriel Brafu-Insaidoo, responsible for courses on macro-economy of Ghana, and advanced microeconomics; and Emmanuel Ekow Asmah, teaching macroeconomics and public sector economics.

The department will allocate staff time and expertise to the cooperation with the Vi and its members, dedicate library space to the publications provided by the Vi,  create a link to the Vi on its website, and publicize Vi activities.

UCC is interested in strengthening its teaching and research on trade and development issues, and undertaking policy-oriented research. The department also wishes to run courses for participants from the sub-region, and collaborate with universities in the sub-region in the area of research. The medium-term objective of the department is to acquire school status, and build a School of Economics at the university.

For more information, visit UCC's university profile on the Vi website.