Innovative partnership in Earth Sciences between IFREMER, the University of Western Brittany, University of Rennes 1 and the University of Ghana

University of Ghana and French Institutions Sign MOU to Consolidate Research Collaboration

The University of West Brittany, University of Rennes 1, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) and the University of Ghana-Legon established a collaboration agreement to work together to pool their respective scientific expertise and resources for research and works in the fields of Marine and Earth Sciences. This agreement paves the way for an ambitious project which will include other academic and industrial partners to develop and share data on Ghanaian surface and sub-soils, on land and at sea.

A delegation comprised of representatives from the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), the University of Western Brittany and the University of Rennes 1 came to Accra to lay the foundation for a partnership with Ghana. This ambitious project aims to create interactions between education, research and industry and establish a connection between land and sea by addressing issues from water resources, energy, mining to coastal environment through the Earth & Marine sciences. Joint examination as well as mapping of the Ghanaian surface and sub-soils, both on land and under the ocean, could also provide a glimpse at the resources and prospects available in these different areas.


From left to right: Prof Mark Sandow Yidana, Dr. Daniel Aslanian, Prof. Pascal Taris, Prof. Samuel Kwame Hanlon, Dr. Maryline Moulin, Prof. Daniel Asiedu, Dr. Joseph Hanlon Thompson, Dr. Marina Rabineau



Two key components are under consideration for the implementation of this project:

·         Education component: Training of young Ghanaians in France and in Ghana (at the master’s and doctorate levels); Exchange of students, young researchers and teachers; summer schools in Geosciences; marine academies aboard IFREMER Research vessel.

·         Research and Application component: Partnerships with universities and research institutes to share data and research experiences as well as exploration technologies and techniques.

A cooperation agreement with the University of Ghana on the training of Ghanaian students in Earth Sciences at the master’s and doctorate levels was established on Tuesday, 6th February.

During their visit to Ghana, the delegation of French researchers also met other potential partners such as the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) represented by its Vice-Chancellor, and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) who may become associated with the project. In addition, the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Hon. Prof Frimpong Boateng, during another meeting with the delegation emphasised the will of his ministry to support this promising project which will benefit all stakeholders. 




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