Temple University in Philadelphia, USA and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), have executed an academic partnership / collaboration agreement between the Law Schools of the two institutions.
The agreement was executed on Wednesday 9 August 2023 in Philadelphia, USA, following a meeting between the Rector of GIMPA, Professor Samuel Kwaku Bonsu, his delegation including the Dean of the GIMPA Law Faculty, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Budu, and Temple University’s representatives including Provost, Gregory Mandel, and Law dean Rachel Rebouché and her team.
Announcing the agreement on their website, www.law.temple.edu, Temple University posted as follows; “Dean Rachel Rebouché received a delegation from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), led by Rector Samuel Kwaku Bonsu and Faculty of Law Dean Kwaku Agyeman-Budu.
“Temple and GIMPA law schools recently signed an agreement to promote student and faculty mobility, including a 3+1 LLB/LLM program enabling GIMPA law students to spend their junior or senior year at Temple to earn credits toward our LLM degree.
“Temple Law has longstanding ties to Ghana. During the 1970s, Temple Law ran an active exchange program in Ghana, working with University of Ghana Professor John Mills, who later went on to be the president of Ghana from 2009-2012. Mills was also a visiting professor of tax law at Temple in 1978-79 and 1986-1987. Over 40 Ghanaian students have earned a Temple LLM degree.
“Moreover, Ghanaian jurist Samuel Gyandoh was on the Temple Law faculty from 1982 to 2002. From 1978-79, as Ghana was transitioning from military to civilian rule, Gyandoh was a member of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the Ghanaian constitution of 1979.
“Samuel’s son Mark Gyandoh is a 2001 JD graduate of Temple Law and is now a partner with Capozzi Adler, which specializes in healthcare law services” the Temple University post read.
In a communique by GIMPA announcing the partnership, the institution stated that “the purpose of the agreement is to create partnerships to promote student study abroad opportunities, faculty exchanges, executive training and short term legal education programs among others.
“Additionally, they seek to ensure further mutual understanding between GIMPA and Temple University, to enhance our teaching, learning, research and internationalization goals in line with the new GIMPA Strategic Plan (2023 – 2027).
“Although the scope of the Agreement was initially limited to the respective Law Schools of GIMPA, and Temple University, Professor Bonsu and the GIMPA delegation during the visit negotiated for Institute-wide partnership agreements covering all other schools, directorates and units in GIMPA.
“The scope of the Institute-wide partnership Agreements includes, but is not limited to: exchange of faculty and administrative staff, exchange of graduate and undergraduate students, joint degree programs, joint conferences and academic programs, joint research activities and publications, and joint executive training and continuous professional development programs” the GIMPA communique read.
Dean of the GIMPA law faculty, Dr Agyeman-Budu, who was at the meeting, noted that GIMPA is “delighted to create this partnership with Temple Law given Temple’s well-recognized history in our country, strong academic reputation, and demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with partners around the world.
“We are eager for our students and faculty to experience a Temple education while also contributing our knowledge and expertise about Ghana to the law school. And likewise, we welcome Temple students and faculty to visit GIMPA to further strengthen our collaboration” Dr Agyeman-Budu said.
Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra
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