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Ghana university officials to visit DRI to renew teaching and research partnership

Media invited to engage with visiting University for Development Studies leadership

RENO – Media are invited to attend a special event at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) on Tuesday, August 11 welcoming faculty and higher education leaders from the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana, West Africa.

dri udsUDS officials will visit DRI’s Reno campus on August 11, 2015 to engage with DRI research faculty and students, tour laboratories, and renew a long-term teaching and research partnership focused on addressing the need for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions and capacity building in developing countries.

DRI and UDS have established an innovative education center in Ghana to fill gaps in WASH knowledge in the region and conduct applied environmental research in the rural communities of Northern Ghana.

Online and field courses for this unique international program is currently being taught in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno and UDS. Additionally, longtime DRI Foundation Trustee Leonard Lafrance and his wife Sara have pledged their support to provide scholarships to African students to complete the WASH program at UDS.

Braimah Apambire, Ph.D., who serves as director of DRI’s Center for International Water and Sustainability explained that this visit to Reno illustrates the confidence that UDS officials have in DRI scientists to make significant progress in the WASH sector.

“Gaps in knowledge, research and human resource capacity impede government and non-governmental organizations’ ability to implement water, sanitation and hygiene programs in developing countries,” said Apambire, a native of Northern Ghana. “Our colleagues at UDS understand the need to partner with institutions such as DRI to make an impact.

“Renewing our long-term collaboration with UDS will also strengthen DRI research capabilities, broaden research opportunities, enhance faculty expertise, and provide basic and applied research and educational opportunities for students at both institutions.”

DRI’s training and research in West Africa is also supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

For more information about DRI's Center for International Water and Sustainability please visit - http://www.dri.edu/center-for-international-water-and-sustainability

 

Special Event Details:

Where: Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Parkway (Stout Conference Center)
When: Tuesday, August 11th
Time:

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Media setup and pre-event interviews
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Press Conference and DRI/UDS partnership signing

Parking: Parking is available in front of DRI’s main entrance.
Interview and Photo Opportunities:
DRI

  • Dr. Stephen G. Wells - DRI President
  • Dr. Braimah Apambire, Director of DRI’s Center for International Water and Sustainability
  • Dr. Alan Gertler, DRI’s Vice President for Research
  • Dr. Jim Thomas, Executive Director of DRI’s Division of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Leonard and Sara Lafrance

University for Development Studies

  • Professor Stephen Kendie – Chairman of the Governing Councils of the University for Development Studies in Ghana
  • Professor Haruna Yakubu – Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies
  • Professor Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic – Director of UDS International and Professor of Agricultural Engineering
  • Professor Amin Alhassan – Dean of the Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences at UDS
  • Dr. Adam Tanko Zakariah – Registrar of the University for Development Studies  

University for Development Studies - Visitor Biographies

Professor Stephen Bugu Kendie is the Chairman of the Governing Councils of the University for Development Studies and the Tumu College of Education in Ghana. He is also the Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, and Professor of Development Planning and Environmental Management at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast. Professor Kendie has extensive experience in university management. He is the past Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Cape Coast and was also Director of the Institute for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (2008 – 2010), while on sabbatical leave from the University for Development Studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ETC COMPAS, West Africa; a member of the Ghana UNESCO Social Sciences Committee; a member of the Ghana UNESCO Committee on the Management of Social Transformations (MOST); and a life member of the Society for International Development. As a researcher, he has published works on water supply and sanitation management, local level economic planning and development, governance and sustainable development, conflict management and peace building, and in recent times, poverty and social exclusion and conflict mapping. Professor Kendie has a Master of Science in Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology, Ghana and received his PhD in Urban Environmental Studies from Rensselar Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

Professor Haruna Yakubu has been the Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS) since 2010. He has very rich work experience at the tertiary education level. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Dean of Students and then the Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Cape Coast. Professor Yakubu has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals in physics, including; Optics Communication, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells and Journal of Natural Sciences. He is also a member of various professional bodies, including: International Solar Energy Society, Ghana Solar Energy Society, Energy Research Group, Ghana and Ghana Physical Society. Professor Ykuba received a Master of Science in Physics from Kishinev State University, Kishinev, USSR his PhD in Physics from Moldova State University, Kishinev, Moldova.

Professor Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic is a Professor of Agricultural Engineering with 29 years experience, 25 of those in Ghana. She has worked at the University for Development Studies since 1995. Her areas of expertise interest include water and ecosystem management, irrigation, climate change and new approaches to tertiary education in developing countries. She has also collaborated on several local and international partnership projects funded by DFiD, FAO, World Bank, WHO, GEF, etc. She currently serves as Director of the Office for Linkages and International Relationships of the UDS (UDS International). She has published over 80 professional papers and made numerous conference presentations. Professor Kranjac-Berisacljevic received a Master of Science in Irrigation IAM Bari, Italy and her PhD in Agricultural Engineering from University of Ghana.

Professor Amin Alhassan is an Associate Professor of Communication and Dean of the Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences at the University for Development Studies. He is also the Acting Director of the Institute for the Study of Ethics at UDS. He is a development communication specialist and does research on communication, social change and behavioural change communication . Prior to his appointment at UDS four years ago, he was a tenured Associate Professor at York University in Toronto for eight years. He has also taught at McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal, and at Tampere University in Finland. Professor Alhassan received a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from Tampere University, Finland and his PhD in Communications from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Adam Tanko Zakariah has been the Registrar of the University for Development Studies since 2012. As Registrar, Dr. Zakariah assists the Vice-Chancellor in the general administration of the University and is also Secretary to all statutory and standing Committees of the University Council and Academic Board. Dr. Zakariah has experience in mass media communication and research. He interests include development communications and he is currently involved in a research project on how sports can be used as a tool for the development of rural communities in Ghana. He is also an expert in human resource management, with experience in academic and career guidance and mentoring. Dr Zakariah received a Master of Science in Development Communication from Putra, Italy and his PhD in Media and Communication from Leicester University, United Kingdom.