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Since its inception in 1975, the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Cape Coast has been providing students with the artistic foundations of music and dance, combining established practices with innovation and encouraging students to explore new forms of creative expression. The Bachelor of Music program integrates music and dance performance, sound and movement studies, and general studies. In addition to applied music and courses in the theory and history of music and dance, the curriculum also includes courses in music technology, film music, music business, music journalism, and dance tourism, among others. The Department also offers programs in Music Education, Ethnomusicology, as well as Music Theory & Composition at the M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels. The Department’s performing groups include African ensemble, choir, popular band, and brass band, and students can choose from a variety of musical instruments for their individual performance studies. The Department also runs a recording studio, offering services to the wider community and giving students the opportunity to acquire hands-on skills in music production and technology.

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) was established in 1968 as the Social Studies Project (SSP) following a memorandum of understanding between the governments of Ghana and the Netherlands. The Institute of Social Studies (The Hague) partnered the University of Cape Coast as project implementers. The main objective of the project was to engage in social sciences research in Ghana and beyond to contribute to the socio-economic transformation of Ghana. In 1973, the name was changed to the CDS and in 2008 this was further changed to IDS following the expansion in personnel as well as the range of programmes and courses that it offers. The core is to serve as the research wing of the Faculty of Social Sciences under the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, University of Cape Coast. It has fulfilled and continues to fulfill this mandate through its engagement in policy oriented research for local level as well as national, international and multi-lateral organizations.

Both academic and career-oriented programmes are run in the Institute. These are Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Development Studies (1993), several Master of Arts (MA) sandwich programmes (introduced between 2003 and 2008), including MA in Environmental Management and Policy; MA in Democracy, Governance, Law and Development; MA in Governance and Sustainable Development; MA in Human Resource Development; MA in Human Resource Management, and MA in Peace and Development Studies. Other programmes of the Institute include Postgraduate Certificate in Labour Policy Studies (2006?), undergraduate Diploma in Labour Studies (sandwich – 1999), and undergraduate Certificate in Labour Studies (2001), which are run in conjunction with the Ghana Labour College in Accra.

The Peace and Development Studies programme is unique in Ghana and West Africa as it is the only programme that seeks to integrate development issues into peace related discussions recognizing that peace work is development work and vice versa. Supported by the UNDP from 2007-2009, the intention of the framers of the programmes was to grow this eventually to become a department within the Faculty of Social Sciences to offer both the academic programmes as well as short courses to build capacity of development and peace workers for maintaining the stability and peace that this country continues to enjoy.

The Institute places great emphasis on outreach and advocacy programmes. The research fellows at the Institute undertake a wide range of activities, including public lectures, conference and seminars attendance on and off the campus, research and publication on public policy issues, hosting and facilitating workshops and conferences, and promoting public awareness through media and community activity. The Institute emphasizes dialogue and seeks at all times to create platforms either in seminars or as part of the curriculum delivery that bring people representing diverse views together for discussion of contemporary development issues.

Some research projects undertaken by the IDS in recent years include a baseline survey on Oil and Gas leading to the establishment of the Institute for Oil and Gas Studies in the University of Cape Coast (UCC) sponsored by ENI Foundation in 2012; baseline survey on the Fosu Lagoon, sponsored by the City of Bonn, Germany in 2013; the UNDP, Ghana supported project to map violent conflicts in Ghana (2014), continuing support of the UNDP to design modules for the training of traditional and religious leaders on conflict management and peace building in Ghana (2015) and for training of staff of the National Peace Council on mediation as a tool for conflict resolution (2016); the UNICEF supported project on assessing the effectiveness and capacity building needs of the national service personnel and national service secretariat for their full integration and scale-up in the complementary basic education programme. There are several intervention researches for the NGOs and District Assemblies on various issues including development plan preparation and implementation. The Institute itself through internally generated funds has supported research of staff on relevant issues of national development. These researches emanate from proposals written by staff in the research clusters. Some of these researches are: Waste workers matter, by the Labour and Development cluster; Land grabbing: an emerging issue for rural livelihoods in Ghana, by the Land Tenure, Livelihood and Development Cluster; and sand mining in the Central Region by the Governance of the Commons, including Public Resources Cluster.

The Department of Geography was established in 1962. Since then, the Department of Geography and Regional Planning has undergone changes and transformation. Starting as a single Department, it expanded to include Tourism and Population and Family Life Education programmes in the 1996/97 academic year. This led to the changing of the original name, Department of Geography, to the Department of Geography and Tourism. From the 1996/97 to 2008/2009 academic years, the Department offered three separate degree programmes namely: B.Sc. (Tourism), B. A. (Social Sciences with specialization in Geography) and B. A. (Population and Family Life Education).

After a decade, it became necessary again to restructure and refocus the programmes to meet current national and global challenges. Consequently, the Department was split into three separate entities, each representing one of the three programmes. Thus, the population programme was shifted to form the Department of Population and Health while the tourism programme was hosted in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The main Geography programme has been expanded to include regional planning, and renamed as the Department of Geography and Regional Planning to reflect its new and additional mandate. The Department now runs both undergraduate and graduate programmes, including the following:



• BA (Social Sciences – Geography Option)
• BSc (Geography and Regional Planning)
• Diploma (Transport and Road Safety Management-Sandwich)



• MA (Geography and Regional Planning)
• MA (Geography)
• M.Phil (Geography and Regional Planning)
• M.Phil (Geography)
• PhD (Geography and Regional Planning)
• PhD (Geography)
• MSc. (Disaster Management-Sandwich)
• MSc. (Land Policy and Administration-Sandwich)


The Department currently has two (2) part-time lecturers and eighteen (18) full-time lecturers. These twenty (20) academic staff include: one (1) full professor, three (3) associate professors, six (6) senior lecturers, five (7) lecturers; and three (3) assistant lecturers. Supporting the academic staff and Departmental Research and Project activities are five (5) principal research assistants (PRAs).

The Administrative support staff are made up one (1) Principal Administrative Assistant (PAA), one (1) Senior Administrative Assistant, two (2) Technicians (GD I), one (1) Senior Clerk, one (1) Driver, and one (1) Cleaner.

The University of Maiduguri – UNIMAID, located in the Northeast sub-region of Nigeria was established in 1975. It commenced degree programmes in 1976 with an initial in-take of 743 students in three Faculties, namely Arts and Education, Science as well as Social Science and Law. Over a period of time, the University of Maiduguri has developed greatly and it is today a very big academic community with a population of over 51, 000 students. Presently, there are 11 Faculties and a College of Medicine with total of 83 Academic Departments offering over 100 Academic Programmes in Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and other professional areas. In addition, the University has 14 Research Centres namely:


• Centre for Arid Zone Studies
• Centre for Trans-Saharan Studies
• Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies
• Centre for Peace Diplomatic and Development Studies
• Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
• Centre for Distance Learning
• Centre for Nuclear Energy Research and Training
• Centre for Ionospheric and Research
• Centre for Counselling and Human Development
• Centre for Distance Learning
• Centre for Information Communication Technology
• Centre for Urology and Renal Research
• Biotechnology Centre


Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability.
In terms of ranking, it is a 2nd generation University that is recognized among the top 10 in Nigeria, thus positioning it as one of the leading centres of teaching, learning and research catering for students in the Northeast sub-region, from across Nigeria and neighbouring countries such as Cameroon, Chad, Niger as well as Gambia and Sierra Leone. The University has linkages with many Universities across the world and is open to more linkages.

The proposal for the establishment of the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability (CSPCS) was a result of Memorandum of Understanding signed between the University of Maiduguri and the University of Hildesheim. The Centre is expected to host the DAAD funded Graduate School “Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in Africa” and in order to provide a strong intellectual environment for scholars working in cultural studies nationally and internationally. The Centre is expected to acquire tangible and intangible cultural materials for the purpose of cultural sustainability and its promotion. The Centre will carry out research, documentation, preservation, interpretation and digitisation of archives and collections to enhance the academic and social service as well as to increase access and viability of Cultural heritage for future generations. As a result of this strong background the Senate of the University of Maiduguri approved the establishment of the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability (CSPCS) in the 282nd Meeting held on 25th August 2016. The Senate also approved the M.A. and PhD programmes in Cultural Sustainability. The six M.A. and six PhD students sponsored by the DAAD under the SDG Graduate School Centre formed the first set of students for the programmes in the Centre.

The University of Hildesheim Foundation emerged from the Teacher’s Training University of Lower Saxony (founded in 1946), and currently has four divisions: “Educational and Social Sciences,” “Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication,” “Linguistics and Information Science,” and “Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Economics and Computer Science”. The number of students enrolled at the University of Hildesheim has increased steadily since 2000 to approximately 7,500 in Winter Semester of 2015/16, of which 73 % are female. Women also comprise 43 % of the faculty, above the national average. Indeed, gender equality, and equal treatment for those from different social, ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as educational integration in general, are important parts of the university’s mission.

Interdisciplinary work, and narrowing the gap between theory and practice, are important components of the research and teaching profile of the University of Hildesheim. Its well-designed and tested educational studies programs as well as cultural studies and applied linguistics are the traditional strength of the University of Hildesheim. In addition, Psychology, Childhood Education, Diversity Education, Translation Studies, Intercultural Communication, Environmental Studies and Business Information/Computer Science programs are also in high demand.

Since 2003, the University of Hildesheim has been a foundation under public law, and therefore enjoys a comparatively high degree of autonomy. Among other things, it can award professorships and approve its own construction projects. Annual third-party funding has increased sevenfold since the foundation was created, and three major construction programs have followed (Main Campus, Marienburg Culture Campus and Bühler Campus), in addition to a number of other foundation projects and ten innovative endowed professorships. As a public foundation, the University of Hildesheim maintains close relationships with civil society, and a strong network of affiliation with educational, scientific and cultural institutions, as well as economic and business organizations.

Students at the University of Hildesheim are active partners in the teaching and learning processes, and they are encouraged to be involved in the development and improvement of teaching and study. Through its own scholarship programs (such as the College of Minerva and Lore-Auerbach Scholarships), the University of Hildesheim supports especially-capable and socially-committed students. Moreover, regular course evaluations show that a majority of students are “mostly satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their courses, and students particularly appreciate the engagement and commitment of the faculty. Accreditation reports have also noted the high level of teacher commitment and motivation among university faculty, as well as the personal atmosphere between students and professors.


Four Faculties at University of Hildesheim:

• Faculty 1: Educational and Social Science
• Faculty 2: Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication
• Faculty 3: Linguistics and Information Sciences
• Faculty 4: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Economics and Computer Science

UNESCO Chair ‘Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development’
The UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development was established at the University of Hildesheim’s Department of Cultural Policy since 2012. 
It has now been reaccredited by UNESCO and a concept has been drawn up for the second phase from 2016 to 2020.
When setting up the Chair in 2011, the title ‘Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development’ was specifically selected as a reflection of the commonly-used collocation ‘culture and development’  This is based on Hildesheim’s concept of cultural studies and aesthetic practice, involving close ties with the arts and based on the German understanding of cultural policy as social policy.
As part of pursuing Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development, the Chair seeks to bring together approaches to cultural governance in five different thematic areas. These will be honed still further in the second phase. The five areas are as follows:


• Artistic interventions generating new processes of transformation
• Understanding, protecting and defending freedom of artistic expression in relation to human rights and social justice
• Cultural resources and creative capabilities of civil society for engaging in cultural diplomacy and global development
• Cultural policy frameworks for arts education
• The implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions through partnership and dialogue.


The Hildesheim UNESCO Chair’s main link to UNESCO is the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The policy impact has recently been discussed within the 2015 report titled “Re/Shaping Cultural Policies”.
The Hildesheim UNESCO Chair is active in the fields of teaching, research, capacity building, publication, discourse and networking. This will be continued through national and international Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD study programs and  other research projects. Internationally, the activities mainly involve selected German, European, Arab and African university-level institutions, along with stakeholders in the  professional arts, cultural policy and education.