Wisconsin could become the first private university in Ghana to collaborate with the ‘top 10’ University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) if a partnership deal is reached between the two institutions. Representatives from UESTC visited Wisconsin to seek links on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Computer Science and Engineering and Business Administration.

UESTC is one of the top 10 universities in China for Sciences, IT and Engineering and is ranked among the top 100 globally.

Under the proposed collaboration, Wisconsin students would take undergraduate degrees in Software Engineering, Electronic Information Engineering, Computer Science and Technology or Business Administration.

The students would study for either one or two years at Wisconsin and then at UESTC for a further three or two years respectively (to make up a total of four years).

Students would also undergo internships with leading Chinese companies or UESTC’s own industries and start-ups.

The Masters programme would take two years, while the Doctoral (PhD) programme would take four years.

UESTC would offer full or partial scholarships to eligible students.

The Chinese university’s representatives welcomed Wisconsin’s proposal for Chinese language training for lecturers, which would enable Wisconsin to offer the course at degree level. 

Currently, all first-year students are required to take the Chinese language course. Wisconsin is probably the only university in Ghana with this requirement.

Wisconsin’s Vice Chancellor Professor Kofi Oduro-Afriyie said: “This is a great opportunity for our students. China is a global economic power, a leading hub for knowledge and one of Ghana’s top trading partners. It is therefore only fitting that we should seek to engage in programmes like these that will give our students an edge.”

Ms Lin Min, UESTC’s Head of the School of International Education, said she was impressed that Wisconsin’s staff and students had greeted her in Chinese, which showed the importance Wisconsin placed on the learning of the Chinese language and on relations with China.

She added that said there are 160 Ghanaian students at UESTC, many of them on scholarships.