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MOU signed with institution in Ghana

Dr. Zvi Szafran, VPAA at SPSU, and Dr. Osei Darkwa, president of GTUC, sign the MOU

APRIL 4, 2013 -- SPSU recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) in Accra, Ghana, committing the two institutions to working together on a range of programs and ensuring that students can transfer from GTUC to SPSU with minimal loss of credit.

The MOU was signed by Dr. Osei Darkwa, president of GTUC, and Dr. Zvi Szafran, SPSU’s vice president for Academic Affairs.

“Dr. Patrick Bobbie in the Computer Science and Software Engineering department did most of the groundwork for this initiative,” said Dr. Han Reichgelt, dean of SPSU’s School of Computing and Software Engineering, who spent time in Ghana earlier this semester. “The primary objective of my visit was to make it possible for Ghanaian students to complete the Master of Science in Information Technology online. Since we cannot assume that students in Ghana have the required Internet speed at their home, we are partnering with local companies and the university to set up facilities at their locations. We are also expecting to sign an MOU with a Ghanian polytechnic institution shortly,” the dean noted.

Dr. Reichgelt said that Dr. Svetlana Peltsverger and Prof. Susan VandeVen, both faculty members in the Information Technology department, will travel to Ghana in early May to work out the details and to make sure that collaborations are on track to start in the fall.

“I am excited about the promise of these initiatives,” Dr. Reichgelt added. “Not only does the MOU potentially further internationalize our student body, it also allows us to offer our applied style of education to a part of the world that is likely to greatly benefit from this.”

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