UG considers Asian Studies

University of Ghana (UG) is considering creating a centre for the study of Asian culture, policies and best practices to support national growth, Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of the College of Humanities said on Thursday.

He noted that the shining example of Asia’s growing economic and political successes and the lifting of millions out of poverty, called for a tighter relationship and a platform to learn about each other.

Prof. Agyei-Mensah said this at the just-ended Africa–Asia conference in Accra on the theme, “A New Axis of knowledge,” which had attracted several hundred of scholars from all over the world.

The conference marks the first time that Asian and African scholars are meeting in Africa to examine links, exchanges, practices, and experiences that have shaped and continue to shape the relations between the two continents.

Eight broad themes were addressed in panels, workshops, round-tables and plenary sessions.

They included trans-continental relations, migration and diasporas, imagination and culture, aid and development, the role of Asia in Africa, African studies in Asia and Asian studies in Africa, political comparisons and interactions, ideas and religious practices.

Professor Agyei-Mensah said the information age placed a huge responsibility on scholars and nations to trade in ideas to create opportunities for the future.

–GNA

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