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Diasporian News Sun, 22 Feb 2004

Faculty UK to be launched on 20 March

Faculty UK, an Association of Ghanaian faculty members in higher education in the UK, and members of other professions interested in education, is to be officially launched in London, on Saturday 20 March 2004.

The Association was formed in the latter part of 2002. Its membership consists of lecturers and other staff in higher education institutions, as well as professionals with an interest in literary and other pursuits that border on education. Its broad objective is to contribute towards providing global education for the Ghanaian.

Two main events will mark the Association?s Launch Day: an afternoon education conference with the theme "Enhancing and financing higher education in Ghana and its Diaspora". This will take place at the University of London?s School of Oriental and African Studies. The conference will be followed by an evening dinner and dance to be held at the Rembrandt hotel in Knightsbridge, in the West End of London.

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The main speakers at the conference include Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, founder of Women's Words Women's Affairs; Professor Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere - Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana; Professor Selwyn Cudjoe, President of the National Association for the Empowerment of African Peoples (NAEAP), Trinidad and Tobago; and Professor Pikay Richardson of Manchester Business School, UK, who is also Professor and Academic Director for Executive Programmes at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA.

Other speakers are Professor Abiola Irele - Professor of French, African and Comparative Literatures at Harvard University, USA; Hon Paul Boateng MP, Secretary to the Treasury, UK; Hon Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu MP, Ghana?s Minister for Education, Youth and Sports; and His Excellency Isaac Osei - Ghana?s High Commissioner to the U.K.

Source: Nana Otuo Acheampong - University of Portsmouth