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08-May-2017  
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Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu- Vice Chancellor for University of Ghana
 
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Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu at the press briefing has urged the media to help in projecting the positive activities of universities.

According to him, the media in Ghana always dwell on the negative happenings in the universities as bad news sells, but always overlook the positives because they don’t make news.

“But you have to rather look at the positives in order to ‘sell’ our universities abroad because all that the foreigners read about our universities on the websites are about the negatives and this stops the international students from coming to Ghana,” he lamented.

He stressed that “we don’t promote our own; the news which are reported about our universities affect us a lot because when you ask the international students to come, they refuse, but meanwhile, bad things happen at every university around the globe.”

Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu asserted that the international media always protect their universities; urging that it should not be always that the Ghanaian media will wash the dirty linen of the country’s universities in public.

“I will plead with the media to try to publish the positive activities of the universities in addition to the bad ones,” he urged.

The AAU press briefing was done to announce the 14th General Conference and Golden Jubilee Celebration from 5th to 8th June this year at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana with the theme “AAU at 50, Achievements, Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development in Africa”.

The two historic events of the Association of African Universities (AAU) will be hosted by the Government of Ghana, the National Council for Tertiary Education and the Vice Chancellors Association of Ghana.

According to the AAU, over 500 executives from academia and industry spread across the African continent will be attendance to discuss and shape the way forward for African Higher Education, in line with African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Through the organization of this General Conference and Golden Jubilee Celebrations, the Association of African Universities will be providing the platform for participants to learn about new developments in fields like science, technology and environment, as well as on issues such as, climate change and graduate employability.

AAU’s vision is to be the leading advocate for African Higher Education with the capacity to provide support for its member institutions in meeting national, continental global needs. AAU has a mission to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to Africa’s development.
 
 
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