With the help of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the University of Nottingham has now established a branch office in Ghana, their first in Africa.
UKTI Ghana was commissioned by the University of Nottingham’s International Office in September 2011 to provide support in establishing an office in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. This involved guidance on the procedures for investors, identifying a competent and qualified legal firm, a suitable bank and suitable estate agents to identify office premises within a prescribed student location and residential accommodation for a permanent member of staff, all within fixed rent ceilings.
UKTI Ghana also ensured that visiting officials from the University of Nottingham were then able to establish this business legally, and confirm the desired residential and office accommodation all within a 4 day visit in November 2011. The newly established ‘University of Nottingham West Africa Liaison Office’ opened its doors to the public on 23 January 2012.
In describing their set up success, Harriet Mathews, Head of International Student Recruitment said:
“The support given by UKTI with respect to the organisation of the event has been invaluable right from the initial stages through to accepting the OMIS work plan. UKTI have been consistent with provision of advice and ideas in line with the University’s specific requirements, and have been efficient and reliable throughout the process. Of particular commendation is the way UKTI have acted as an excellent intermediary, much needed in bridging the gaps between UK business needs and local Ghanaian business practices, ensuring a more internationalised business platform to work upon.
The University of Nottingham would like to thank UKTI for their ongoing advice and support and would have no hesitation in working with UKTI colleagues on similar events again in the future.”
The University of Nottingham has commissioned a second OMIS order for the UKTI team to organise the launch of their office at the High Commissioner’s Residence, in April 2012.
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