Dr. Mohsen Ghambari, Vice President (Academic Affairs) of Al-Mustafa International University, pledges MIU’s readiness to further enhance its support to and expand its relations with Islamic University College, Ghana [IUCG]. Al-Mustafa International University [MIU] in Qom/Islamic Republic of IRAN is the sole sponsor of IUCG in Accra/GHANA. MIU has over eighty Universities and Educational Institutions as branches in some sixty countries worldwide, including Europe, Asia and Africa. IUCG in Ghana is one of such branches.
During a meeting with senior staff of IUCG on Friday May 13, Dr. Ghambari offered a forward-looking vision focused on MIU and IUCG’s shared responsibilities.
While pledging MIU’s continued commitment to financially support IUCG, he called on the latter to work in expanding its academic relations with MIU. Al-Mustafa, he revealed,“ sees no limits to the expansion of its ties with IUCG, especially on academic front.”
In highlighting MIU’s preparedness to support lecturers upgrade themselves for better service delivery, Dr. Ghambari stated that Al-Mustafa/MIU is ready to partly finance tuition fees for IUCG Lecturers currently pursuing, or intending to pursue, doctorate programmes as well as offer opportunity to them to attend short courses in Iran.
In his opening remark earlier on, Dr. Mohsen Maarefi (IUCG President) bemoaned the existing tenuous relationship between MIU and IUCG, which is only based on financial support of MIU to IUCG activities. “This kind of relationship”, he indicated “is unsustainable”. He, therefore, underlined the need for IUCG to strengthen its relations with MIU through closer academic linkages, such as academic programme affiliations to MIU, exchange programmes, visiting lectureships, etc.
For his part, Dr. Kobena Erbynn, IUCG’s Vice President (Academic Affairs) informed his MIU counterpart that preparations are far advanced in some of the areas mentioned by IUCG President Maarefi. Dr. Erbynn revealed that “IUCG has already introduced initiatives aimed at closer cooperation with MIU/Al-Mustafa. For example, as part of its recent (2016) ‘Roadmap’ for increasing number of academic programmes and improving teaching staff strength within the next eighteen months, IUCG seeks to be granted programme affiliations by MIU to run the following three programmes: B.A. (Sociology), B.A. (Islamic Law), and MPhil (Islamic Law). Technical assistance in the form of Visiting Lectureships to some of the new IUCG Departments is also part of the IUCG Roadmap”.
Dr. Ghambari and Mr. Sayad Nejdi (Quality Assurance Officer at MIU) were in Ghana on one-week working visit. Whilst in Ghana, the officers had the opportunity to participate with the IUCG Team in the maiden Education Fair organized by the Council of Independent Universities (CIU, formerly called Council of Heads of Private Universities in Ghana, CHPUG) on Wednesday, 11th May 2016. The 2-man MIU delegation also paid courtesy calls on Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam, and Sheikh AbubakarKamaluddeen, Shia National Imam.
Similar calls were also made on the heads of Central University, Valley View University and Madina Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) with the aim to further promote academic cooperation between IUCG and these institutions.