Mr Massimo Mina, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, has affirmed the EU's dedication to supporting Ghanaian youth in acquiring skills, and jobs, and realizing their future aspirations.
The event, organized by the Centre for European Studies at the University of Ghana in collaboration with the EU to Ghana, DAAD Ghana, and Campus France, aimed to expose Ghanaian students to study opportunities abroad and foster interactions with accomplished entrepreneurs.
Mr. Mina highlighted the significance of the session, noting that it concluded the Study in Europe Roadshows conducted this year in four universities.
Acknowledging the impact of the EU's efforts, Mr. Mina revealed that 60 Ghanaian students secured admission into European universities through the EU's Erasmus+ scholarship program in 2023, marking a record high.
He also mentioned the establishment of the Ghanaian-European Centre for Jobs, Migration, and Development, aimed at supporting Ghanaians seeking employment and training opportunities in Ghana and Europe.
Dr. Kwame Asah-Asante, Director of the Centre for European Studies, emphasized the session's role in inspiring students to start businesses and contribute to alleviating unemployment.
Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, Provost, College of Humanities, UG, commended the EU for its initiative and support, emphasizing the importance of skills training and employment.
Prof. Seidu Alidu, Head of Political Science Department, UG, expressed confidence in the session's potential to guide students in making informed choices.
Entrepreneurs shared their experiences during the discussions, with Mr. Stephen Eku urging patience and capitalizing on networking and study opportunities.
Ms. Victoria Agbai, Trade Advisor and Founder of Bubune Africa, emphasized the acquisition of new skills, while Mr. Gilbert Owusu, Team Lead for Revelstoke Group, encouraged entrepreneurs to experiment with new ideas until their vision becomes clearer.
Ms. Paulina Adjei, Programmes Officer, Results for Development, concluded the session by encouraging young people to strive for success and embrace opportunities for acquiring new knowledge.