The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Coast (CIUCC), Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah has advised Presidents of universities hosting Confucius Institutes to properly document all agreements and other vital documents pertaining to the establishment of Confucius Institutes in their universities. This according to him will ensure the sustainability of the Confucius Institutes irrespective of who is at the helm of affairs. Successive Presidents or Vice Chancellors will have no option than to implement to the letter, the agreements establishing those institutes. Professor Ghartey Ampiah was speaking at the Presidents’ Forum of the 12th Global Confucius Institute Conference in Xi’an China on the 13th of December, 2017. The conference which was held at Qujiang International Convention Centre was under the theme ‘Deepening Cooperation, Development through Innovation, working Together to Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind’.
Prof. Ghartey Ampiah delivering a paper entitled ‘How a Host Institution Supports a Confucius Institute: the Case of University of Cape Coast’, indicated that CIUCC was the result of a collaboration between the University of Cape Coast and Hunan City University. Based on the agreement between the two universities, UCC has supported CIUCC with office and lecture space, a Ghana Director and five local staff as well as accommodation for the China Director and Volunteer teachers. The Vice Chancellor indicated that CIUCC has performed creditably well in its relative short period of existence and affirmed management’s continued support to the institute in its quest to become a model Confucius Institute in Ghana. Dr. Sidney McPhee, the President of Middle Tennessee State University, who chaired the session, admonished presidents to be personally involved in the activities of their Confucius Institutes. Other presenters at the forum were Kamal Uddin of University of Dhaka, Zheng Menghuang of Zhejiang Normal University, Wang Rongming of East China Normal University, Helen Watson of University of London and Andrew Hugine of Alabama A&M University. The Vice Chancellor was invited to speak at the forum by Hanban, together with Prof. Dora Edu-Buandoh, the Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Prof. Ishmael Mensah, the Ghana Director and Prof. Hu Liangcai, the China Director.