The Vice-Chancellor of Tamale Technical University (TaTU) Prof. Abass Braimah on Monday, April 11, 2021, paid a reciprocal visit to the Turkish Ambassador to Ghana Her Excellency Mrs. Ozlem Ergun Ulueren at her residence in Accra.
Mrs. Ozlem Ergun Ulueren had earlier visited the University in December 2020 as part of her familiarization tour of the Northern Region of Ghana.
Prof. Abass Braimah commended the Government and people of the Republic of Turkey for their continuous support to the people of Ghana.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the Turkish Embassy for its commitment to establishing cooperation between Ghanaian institutions and their counterparts in Turkey.
Prof. Abass said the Tamale Technical University was willing to establish exchange programs, especially in technical and vocational skills with universities in Turkey to help improve the capacities of both academic staff and students.
The Vice-Chancellor recalled an earlier arrangement to collaborate with the University of Ankara and appealed to the Ambassador to help reactive that arrangement.
In response, the Ambassador expressed her excitement to the Vice-Chancellor and the team for the reciprocal visit and said the visit truly demonstrates the level of commitment of the University to have a working relationship with the Turkish people through her Embassy.
She said the visit will inspire her to show more commitment to assist TaTU to achieve its mission. The Ambassador requested the Vice-Chancellor to submit a workable proposal detailing the specific areas of collaborations and cooperation between TaTU and Turkey.
She indicated that the Embassy had earlier submitted a request for collaborations on behalf of TaTU to the University of Ankara and currently waiting for a response.
Mrs. Ozlem Ergun Ulueren said Turkey was willing to assist in bridging the development gap between Universities in Ghana and the developed world through the Turkish International Cooperation and Collaboration (TIKA).
She advised the technical universities in Ghana to concentrate on smaller and medium universities for collaborations instead of concentrating on huge and popular universities. She said the success of technical universities will largely base on smaller industries that are ready and prepared to collaborate with the academic departments especially in the Engineering and Technological fields. The Ambassador pledged to include TaTU as part of a Turkish delegation that is expected to visit Ghana soon.
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by the Director of Institutional Collaborations and Linkages Dr. Abdulai Abdul Mumin, Director of Public Affairs Osman Mubarik Abu, and Dr. Fatima Iddrisu Abu a Lecturer from the Liberal Studies Department