Aya Centre Conference 2019

About the Conference:

As the world becomes increasingly smaller, by virtue of the growing demands of globaliza-tion, it is incumbent upon all of us to behave and think globally. In short, we must prepare ourselves for a world in which the actions of each of us, in virtually any part of the world, can impact all of us in ways that were barely imaginable in the not too distant past.
Fortunately, the experience of studying abroad—from a few weeks to an entire year—gives students an incredible opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the demands of this rela-tively new world. Studying abroad—by learning with and about others who are both dif-ferent from, and similar to, themselves—can help students understand the diversity and complexity of this new world. This understanding can, then, help them to think imagina-tively and creatively, i.e., out of their own culturally exclusive box, in devising new ways and means, new methods and models that will help to solve the vast and enormous challenges we face under globalization.
Studying abroad in Ghana offers an incredible array of opportunities for international stu-dents—through classroom instruction, service learning, research, cultural immersion, and community development—to begin thinking globally while acting locally. The impact of globalization on Ghana, in both adverse and progressive measures, is tremendous and glaringly apparent. 

 Students who study in Ghana are thrilled, shocked, inspired, and in-formed by much of what they experience in Ghana’s encounter with the industrial north and the rest of the globalized world. In short, Ghana serves as an excellent training ground for students to become better global citizens.
This conference, then, is designed to bring these engaging and transformative opportunities that are available in Ghana to the attention of the global community of international educa-tors. Through presentations, discussions, dialogue, debates, site visits, and excursions we are planning for conference attendees to return to their institutions better informed and with a greater appreciation of exactly how an experience in Ghana can help students and faculty become better global citizens. Towards this end, we will make no effort to conceal any of the challenges international students and faculty may face in their experiences in Ghana. Instead, we are planning for this conference to offer a fresh and open discussion on as many of the concrete issues facing international students and faculty who are studying abroad in Ghana.
We are therefore calling on all international educational ‘stakeholders’ to join us in Ghana be-tween February 20-24, 2019! For further information, please contact us.


Studying Abroad in Ghana: Preparing Students for Global Citizenship

All Day/Evening Arrival + Registration

  • 8am – 8:50am Breakfast at African Regent Hotel
  • 9am – 10:30am 1st Keynote Address: “What’s Makes Ghana So Special?” Ms. Esther Armah, Playwright, Radio Host, Journalist, Columnist and Professor
  • 11am – 1pm 1st Panel Sessions (run concurrently)

1.  Innovative Faculty Led Programs in Ghana: U.S. Faculty who lead some of the most successful and innovative faculty-led winter, spring, and summer session programs in Ghana discuss some of the major challenges they faced, strategies used, and successes achieved in running their programs.  These programs include either a Service Learning or Community Development component, both of which have served to prepare students for global citizenship.

2. Service Learning and Global Citizenship: Surveying the Field of Possibilities: Representatives from institutions that provide service learning opportunities for students discuss how the interests of the internee can converge with the aims and objectives of the institution.  What are the challenges?  The wide array of service learning opportunities in Ghana are also surveyed by an Aya Centre Program Officer.

3. Impact of Globalization on Ghana: In what ways is Ghana and the rest of Africa impacted by the growing demands of Globalization?  How is Ghana coping?  Are there any benefits?  What are the challenges?  How is higher education in Ghana effected?

1:10pm – 2:50pm                Luncheon at African Regent Hotel/Plenary Session #1

2pm – 2:10pm                      * Student Essay Contest Winner Presentation

2:10 – 2:50pm                      * CIEE Presentation

3pm – 5pm                             2nd Panel Session (panels run concurrently):

4. Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: What are some of the major issues confronting African American students in their search for cultural-heritage ties with sub-Saharan Africa?  What are some of the broader race and ethnic issues confronting students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds?  And what are some of the specific gender based issues confronting female students in Ghana?

5. Students Ventilating: How are Experiences in Ghana Making Study Abroad Students Better Global Citizens: Foreign students currently enrolled in different university-sponsored programs in Ghana talk frankly about their experiences in Ghana, specifically as these experiences relate to them becoming better global citizens.

6. How International Students and Faculty are Perceived by Local Students in Ghana: How do Ghanaian students feel about their foreign counterparts and foreign teachers who occasionally teach at their institutions. What role, if any, are Ghanaian students playing in preparing foreign students to become better global citizens?  And are international students helping local students become better global citizens?

7pm – 9pm                             Welcome Dinner

Traditional Ghanaian Dance & Drumming Performance

  • 8am – 8:50am Breakfast at African Regent Hotel
  • 9am – 10:30am 2nd Keynote Address: “Globalization and the Challenges it Imposes on International Education,” Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins, Dean, International Programmes Office, University of Ghana
  • 11am – 1pm 3rd Panel Sessions (run concurrently):

7. Remaining Security Conscious Amidst Local and Global Threats: What are some of the ways students can remain safe and secure while studying abroad in Ghana? What are some of the specific risks and potential dangers, both locally and globally? And what are some of the proven strategies for reducing vulnerability?

8. Staying Healthy and Free of Local and Global Diseases in Ghana: What are some of the ways students can stay healthy—mentally and physically—while studying abroad in sub-Saharan Africa? What should students’ pre-departure health preparations and on-site consultations consist of when traveling to a city as cosmopolitan as Accra? 

9. Homestay Experiences as a Prerequisite for Cross Cultural Immersion and Global Understanding: What are some of the benefits for students living with host families? What are the challenges?  What behavioral and attitudinal strategies can be adopted to increase the likelihood that the homestay experience will be rewarding and transforming, and will contribute to students becoming better global citizens?

1:10pm – 2:50pm                Luncheon at African Regent Hotel/Plenary Session #2

2pm – 2:10pm                      * Student Photo Contest Winner Presentation

2:10pm – 2:50pm                * Global Education Oregon (GEO) Presentation

3pm – 5pm                             4th Panel Session (panels run concurrently):

10. Study Abroad Programs in Ghana I: Training Students for Global Citizenship: Resident Directors and Coordinators from Study Abroad programs in Ghana—viz., CIEE, NYU, and SIT—discuss some of the challenges, opportunities, and unique features of their programs within the context of preparing students for global citizenship.

11. Study Abroad Programs in Ghana II: Training Students for Global Citizenship: Resident Directors and Coordinators from Study Abroad programs in Ghana—viz., ISEP, USAC, GEO—discuss some of the challenges, opportunities, and unique features of their programs within the context of preparing students for global citizenship.

12. Selected Tertiary Institutions in Ghana: Training the Global Student: Officials from the International Programs offices at the University of Ghana, Ashesi University, and the University of Cape Coast discuss the challenges and opportunities, programs and policies, associated with studying abroad at their universities in Ghana within the context of preparing students for global citizenship.

7-8pm              Plenary Session #3: ‘Increasing the Number of Underrepresented Study Abroad Students in Ghana: Opportunities and Challenges for Majority White and Historically Black Colleges and Universities’

Ms. Christa Sanders, Campus Director, Webster University (Ghana)

Dr. Beverly Booker Ammah, Faculty, HBCU, co-Founder & Chairman, 3GC Inc.


8:15– Until                             Dinner at Chez Afrique/Live Band

  • 7am Breakfast at African Regent Hotel/Store Luggage
  • 8am Tour of Accra and the University of Ghana; visit the Aya Centre
  • 10am Shopping at Cultural Arts Centre
  • 11am Depart for Cape Coast and Elmina/Box Lunch
  • 2pm Tour Elmina Castle
    4pm Check in Coconut Grove Beach Resort Hotel
  • 7pm Dinner at Coconut Grove Beach Resort Hotel
    throughout the day.
  • 8am Breakfast at Coconut Grove Beach Resort Hotel
  • 9am Check-out Hotel/Depart for Accra
  • 1pm Lunch – East Legon
  • 2pm Rest/Relax/Collect Stored Luggage at African Regent Hotel
  • 4pm+ Airport Departures

* The travel and tour package scheduled for Saturday and Sunday is an optional experience—priced separately—that conference participants may select at their convenience. Otherwise, the Conference ends Friday evening. Hotel check-out is the following day at 12 noon, with airport shuttle service available


The conference will be held at the African Regent Hotel, one of Greater Accra’s finest 4-star hotels, nestled in the swanky suburb of Airport Residential. It is ideally located—only a few miles from the University of Ghana, the Accra Mall, and the Kotoka International Airport, and approximately 12 miles from Central Accra. This hotel has a perfect combination of comfort, elegance, leisure, and business facilities, and provides an exceptional hotel experience.

Early Bird Special: $600 per attendee if paid on or before October 1, 2018.
$650 per attendee if paid after October 1, 2018, including on-site payments
See ‘Mode of Payment’ below

Registration fee covers the following items:
1. Attendance at two plenary sessions with key note addresses
2. Attendance at any of the twelve different panel sessions
3. Attendance at traditional Ghanaian dance and drumming performance
4. Two buffet luncheons with Special Presentations (Thursday and Friday)
5. Two buffet dinners (Thursday and Friday)
6. Conference Programme Guide
7. Airport pickup and drop-off service

$200 per night (Includes Buffet Breakfast and Tax)/Single Occupancy
$220 per night (Includes Buffet Breakfast and Tax)/Double Occupancy
To be paid by Conference Attendees directly to the hotel
*The African Regent Hotel is offering this discount rate to conference attendees only. When reserving rooms, be sure to request the ‘Aya Centre Conference Rate.’
Hotel Website: www.theafricanregenthotel.com. You can also contact us info@ayacentre.com for help with making hotel reservations at African Regents Hotel or any other hotel in Accra
Additional hotel options, with free shuttle service to the conference, can be provided upon request.

For those conference attendees who would like to be picked up at the airport on arrival, please send us <info@ayacentre.com> your flight itinerary and we will arrange for your transportation from Kotoko International Airport to the African Regent Hotel. After finishing with immigration and customs inside the airport, simply walk outside and look for one our staff members who will be holding an Aya Centre sign. He or she will check your name from our master list, and then take you to the hotel. (Departure service will also be provided for all conference attendees as part of the registration package as noted above).

Fee: $350 per person/Early Bird Special: $300 if paid on or before October 1, 2018
Fee Includes:
1. Visit to the Aya Centre and Yaa Asantewaa House
2. Guided bus tour of Accra and the University of Ghana
3. Round-trip bus transportation to Cape Coast & Elmina
4. Entrance to Elmina Castle (with guided tours)
5. Single room hotel lodging at Coconut Grove Beach Resort Hotel
6. Meals (Saturday: Lunch + Dinner) & (Sunday: Breakfast + Lunch)
7. Airport departure (Sunday Evening)

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