This exercise is also necessary as it is going to replenish some of the losses at the Korle Bu Blood Bank
The blood drive, mounted in partnership with the Ghana Red Cross and the Korle Bu Blood Bank, was held at the University College's campus in North Legon.
Acting Dean of the School of Nursing, Ms Angela Kwartemaa Acheampong, said: "This is an opportunity for our students to learn all about blood and blood donation. Our students were supporting the programme and also observing.
She added: “This exercise is also necessary as it is going to replenish some of the losses at the Korle Bu Blood Bank. Recently, they were complaining that they have a shortage and were interested in collaborating with us to replenish their stock."
Faculty, staff and students of Wisconsin were among those who donated.
In all, 60 pints of blood were collected for processing. It is said that one blood donation can save up to three lives.
Commending Wisconsin on the initiative, Mr Eric Asamoah Darko from the Ghana Red Cross said: “We advocate for people to donate at least once a year, if not every three months. Donating blood is very healthy for you and it also saves lives.
“Who knows who will need the blood? It could be your relative – that is why there is a need for us to put our hands together to make sure we have enough blood at the blood bank so that any time anybody needs it, the blood bank will not be short of blood to support and save lives.”
The blood drive comes just weeks after students donated blood as part of freshers' Akwaaba Week.
Wisconsin’s School of Nursing intends to make the blood donation exercise a bi-annual event to help boost the nation’s blood banks. It is also part of the institution's corporate social responsibility programme,’Wisconsin in the Community’.
The establishment of the University College was initiated and facilitated by Dr. John Buuck, President of Wisconsin International University (WIU) in the United States of America and Rev. Dr. Paul K. Fynn of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana in 1998.
It received its Interim Accreditation in January 2000 under the name University College of Wisconsin International University - Ghana (UCWIU-Gh). It was thus one of the first private universities to receive accreditation.
Wisconsin International University College, Ghana (WIUC-Gh) programmes are accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB). The University College is affiliated to the University of Ghana, Legon, the University of Cape Coast and to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Wisconsin offers Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in areas including Nursing, IT, various Business disciplines, Law, Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Science and Sustainability and Rural Development and Tourism, among others.
Leaders in International Education
Wisconsin International University College, Ghana is truly international in terms of scope of its course offerings and their global appeal as well as its student and lecturer population mix.
Our students and lecturers are from Ghana and other countries including: Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Togo, Benin, Egypt, Congo DR, Niger, Guinea, Liberia, Gabon, Chad, Cameroun, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Morocco, The Gambia, UK, USA, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
Career Services Center
Wisconsin has a vibrant Career Services Center, which arranges work placements and internships for students. Students are encouraged to undertake an internship a year, to boost employability and enhance their entrepreneurship skills.
The study of French is compulsory. Students also learn Chinese.
Wisconsin has partnered with Concordia University Irvine in California, USA to offer the Master of Arts in International Relations programme. Other exchange programmes/collaborations are under consideration.