Gateway to West Africa.
Written by Hayden Andrews
In the bustling hub of Accra, Ghana, amongst markets and other cultural institutions, stands Webster’s new campus. The campus will be accepting study abroad students for the summer 2015 term, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students. With faculty from Europe, the US and Africa, the academic programs offered match those at all Webster campuses.
With the campus’ tropical location in the Cantonments of Accra, students will be very close to restaurants, shoppingand the beach. Nearby areas are partly residential, but regular day trips are available for students looking for culture or recreation. This includes monumental buildings, such as castles and forts, in the area that reflect Western Africa’s colonial past. Overnight trips to the bustling market town of Kumasi can also be made with a bit of extra planning. For those searching for a dose of adventure, up-close-encounters with wildlife are just a train ride away at Mole National Park.
Christa Sanders, who serves as Webster Ghana’s interim director, says students selecting to study in Ghanahave tremendous opportunities for academic and community engagement. Sanders hopes the Ghana campus will become one of the premiere institutions of higher learning in Africa.
“Ghana has become known as the ‘Gateway to West Africa’ and has a reputation of not only being friendly, but open to people from many parts of the globe,” Sanders said. “While many African nations face political strife and economic challenges, Ghana prides itself on being democratic, economically progressive and politically stable.”
John Ginsburg, Director of Student Affairs at Webster Ghana, began settling in at his position a full year before the campus was able to welcome students. It was from this point he observed the campus’ construction from the ground up.
“It is an exciting opportunity to be on a campus that is just getting started,” Ginsburg said. “There are many opportunities to both introduce well-known Webster traditions to the Ghana Campus, as well as help create yet-to-exist traditions locally.”
Ginsberg explained that as networking between Ghana and Webster grows stronger, Ghana students will have a lot to contribute to Webster’s diverse backgrounds.
“The student body is just beginning to form organizations and a government [and] are open to different opinions and new ideas,” Ginsburg said. “They are already proud to be part of the Webster family.”