The Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Carl Stychin, has returned from a very successful week-long visit to MountCrest University College in Accra, Ghana. IALS has been developing a collaborative relationship with MountCrest for over two years. This has led to the very successful delivery of short courses on law for professionals, offered remotely from London. Plans for the future include a programme by which legal academics in Commonwealth Africa can study part time in order to obtain doctoral qualifications from the University of London while based primarily in their home institutions.
While in Accra from 16th to 20th May, Professor Stychin engaged in extensive discussions with the senior management of MountCrest, led by Ms Irene Ansa-Asare, the Rector. A wide range of potential areas for collaboration have been identified, ranging across academic qualifications, professional training, and research. They also visited the proposed new campus for MountCrest at Larteh. Professor Stychin met with the Founder of MountCrest and its current Dean of Law, Mr Kwaku Ansa-Asare, as well as students, staff, and the media.
The visit included a wide range of meetings, including with His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of Ghana; Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah of the Supreme Court of Ghana; and legendary legal figure and IALS alumni, Nana SKB Asante. Professor Stychin also had the opportunity to meet Justice Sir Dennis Adjei of the Court of Appeal of Ghana, who will be the Inns of Court Visiting Judicial Fellow at IALS in 2023.
Finally, the trip provided an opportunity for the Director to renew the acquaintance with the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Professor Stychin and Ms Ansa-Asare met with the Chairman of the Board of GIALS, and Ghanaian legal legend, Nana Dr SKB Asante, and the Executive Secretary, Professor Edmund Ato Kwaw.
Professor Stychin explained, ‘the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has a long history of engagement with legal education in Ghana and it looks forward to building on those traditions in a modern context through its relationship with MountCrest University College. MountCrest is an ambitious, independent and progressive force in Ghanaian higher education. This trip has made it abundantly clear that there is so much that we can do together’.
Ms Ansa-Asare expressed her gratitude to Professor Stychin for the visit, saying that, ‘the discussions at the various meetings during your short but important trip point to a future of very successful collaborations for the mutual benefits of our two institutions’.
MountCrest University College (MCU) is a private institution for higher education in Ghana, established in August 2008 by lawyer and professional legal educator, Mr. Kwaku Ansa-Asare and his wife, Mrs. Helena Ansa-Asare. MCU was granted accreditation by the National Accreditation Board (now the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission), to run programmes in Law, Publishing, Public Health, and Health Services Management both at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Since opening its doors to students, MCU has grown to become a leading private university college in Ghana and is home to the premier private law faculty in the country. The mission of MountCrest is ‘to train and prepare a new generation of graduates in body, mind and spirit, for the transformation of society’, and its vision is ‘to become a world-class teaching and research university, educating for life and addressing the challenges facing contemporary society’.
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies was founded in 1947. It was conceived and is funded as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad.