US$60m grant secured for UHAS’ Phase II project

Section of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS)

Government of Ghana has secured US$ 60 million, (RMB 400 million Yuan) from the Chinese Government to implement Phase II of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) project.

A statement cited by Goldstreet Business indicates that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta together with the Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Shi Ting Wang on Friday, January 11, signed the exchange of notes for the construction of the Phase II.

The project is expected to enhance tertiary education and would cover a total floor area of 29,200 square meters with the following construction content: The Central Administration block, the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Duty and Equipment Rooms as well as supporting facilities such as desks, chairs, computers, and some teaching aids for medical specialty.

“Ghana at this stage of its development trajectory requires massive investment and strategic partners like China to support the government’s medium term vision and there is the need for that critical mass of resources to support our goals so what China is committing to Ghana today is especially welcomed,” Ofori-Atta noted.

This Phase II of the project was part of a number of agreements that President Akufo-Addo signed on his visit to China for the Forum on Cooperation (FOC) at the Beijing Summit last year.

In September 2015, the first phase of the University funded by the Chinese government was officially handed over to government.

This project had a construction area of 10,386 square meters including all the equipment for the School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, Lecture halls, libraries, students’ hostels, senior staff residential  housing amounting to 104 million Yuan [about US$ 15.4 million].

“We have reason to believe that after the phase II project is completed, University of Health and Allied Sciences will become one of the most beautiful and modern universities in Ghana,” Ambassador Wang stated.

Ghana presently has about 6000 international students in China thus making it the country with the largest number of African students in China.