It's Official: Webster's Ghana Campus to Open

New location to start offering classes in spring, 2014

One of the two buildings on the Ghana campusST. LOUIS – Webster University's new Ghana campus was approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), it was announced today. Student recruitment will begin immediately and classes will start in the Spring of 2014.

The approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will ensure Webster University graduates in Ghana will hold degrees that will be recognized in both Ghana and the United States, making it easier for them to seek work in either country and pursue study in either country.  Earlier this year, Ghana's Ministry of Education gave approval for the programs that will be offered at the Accra campus.

The opening of the Ghana campus also creates opportunities for students, faculty, as well as businesses and organizations in St. Louis who now will have a direct connection to study and develop opportunities in Accra, Ghana.

 “With this important location, we continue in the footsteps of our founders who provided access to higher education in areas of greatest need, meeting students where they are,” said Webster University President Elizabeth “Beth” J. Stroble. “As we near the close of our first century and prepare to celebrate our Centennial in 2015, we may take great pride in adding Accra, Ghana to the list of places that Webster students call home.”

In addition to its Ghana and North American locations, Webster University also has traditional residential campuses in Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom, as well as a global network of international partners in more than two dozen other locations.

“Webster's presence in Ghana will be impactful and felt throughout the region,” said Julian Schuster, the provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Webster.  “Enhanced educational opportunities through robust Webster University programs will further develop and build capacity in this important and fast growing part of the African continent.”

St. Louis-based Webster University, founded nearly 100 years ago, has been accredited since 1925 by HLC, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and one of six regional accreditors of institutions of higher education in the U.S. In July, Ghana's Ministry of Education accredited programs offered at the Webster new Accra campus, which currently is housed in two large, renovated buildings, complete with classrooms, lecture halls, and libraries.

Students will benefit the most from the dual recognition, By having a degree that is recognized in both Ghana and the U.S., Webster-Ghana students will have more options for their future, they will more easily be able to find employment, network, and pursue further educational opportunities anywhere around the world, Schuster said.

The Accra campus also will provide more opportunities for current students from any of Webster's worldwide campuses to study abroad.  Nearly one-third of Webster's currents students and faculty take advantage of the University's global presence and study or teach in another country. With the new Ghana campus opening up a fourth continent for the Webster community, it is anticipated that students and faculty from other campuses will visit Ghana, while students in Ghana likely will study for a semester or two in Asia, North America or Europe.

The campus also creates a direct link between St. Louis and Ghana.

"As the St. Louis region continues to reinvent itself into a knowledge-based economy attracting entrepeneurs and start-ups, universities like Webster are opening opportunities for business exchange around the world," said Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. "Webster's new campus location in Ghana is not only good news for Africa, it good news for St. Louis business and commerce."  

Programs offered at that campus were based on interest of students and employers in the region. The first graduate program will be a Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology (Walker School) Master of Business Administration, which is offered at every Webster location worldwide, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster's College of Arts & Sciences. Undergraduate programs, which also are scheduled to start next year, include international business from the Walker School, international relations from the College of Arts & Sciences, and communications from The School of Communications.

For more information, visit Webster University Ghana Campus website at http://www.webster.edu/ghana. For photos of the new Accra campus, visit http://websterghana.tumblr.com.

About Webster:

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Webster students have a unique opportunity to study at different campus locations, enjoy small classes and personalized attention resulting in a Webster University degree and a truly global perspective. Student housing is made available and travel scholarships are awarded to qualified students.