About Us

The Directorate of International Collaborations (DICO) was established in 2021 to promote external relations between SDD UBIDS and other institutions across the globe. DICO thus facilitates and coordinates all partnerships between the University’s faculty/staff, students, alumni and the larger world.

We seek to produce staff/faculty and students who are global citizens in a globalising world by promoting study abroad programmes, research collaborations, conferences, staff and student exchange programmes and interculturality. DICO seeks to be the gateway that positions SDD UBIDS as an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence for practical-oriented teaching, learning and research.

Our programmes seeks to

DICO exists to:

  • Facilitate and coordinate all international partnerships and activities of the University
  • Serve as an advisory unit to Schools/Faculties/Directorates/Institutes/Centres/Departments/Units in the development of exchange programmes, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and other agreements with external institutions
  • Offer advice and support to international students/staff and visiting researchers regarding accommodation, visa, insurance and other support services.
  • Facilitate and provide the framework for study abroad programmes and the exchange of faculty/staff and students between the University and its partner institutions
  • Create, update and keep a database of all agreements between the University and its external partners
  • Support in the organisation of international research conferences/workshops/seminars, summer schools and training programmes
  • Arrange guidance and counselling services and social events for international students and visiting scholars
  • Perform any other relevant activities to promote the University’s internationalisation agenda.



The University has entered into various agreements with partner institutions across the globe for staff and student exchanges, collaborative research and teaching, study abroad programmes, joint research conferences and workshops, dual degree programs and student recruitment. DICO is responsible for facilitating and monitoring the implementation of the activities outlined in these agreements. The partnership agreements that are currently active are:

University of Bonn, Germany
University College, London
Università degli Studi della Tuscia (UNITUS), Italy
FH Campus Wien, University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic

University of Calgary, Canada
The University of Western Ontario, Canada
Academics without Borders (Universitaires sans Frontières), Canada
The Regents of the University of Michigan, USA
Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, Canada

Namibia University of Science and Technology
The African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education, hereinafter referred to as (CAMES), Burkina Faso
Kosmos Innovation Centre

International Students

SDD UBIDS offers admission to international applicants across all our undergraduate and graduate programmes. For advice on admission requirements, certificate equivalence and application procedures, send an email to dico@ubids.edu.gh. The International Office is looking forward to assisting you through your application process and to helping you prepare for your stay in Wa, Ghana.

Initiate New Partnership Agreements

Faculties and Schools in SDD UBIDS have significant responsibility for international collaboration agreements. However, as a matter of policy, all university-wide international partnerships are handled by the Directorate of International Collaborations. As the process of developing partnership agreements takes time, faculty and staff are advised to contact the International Office well ahead of any critical dates.

Schools/Faculties/Directorates/Institutes/Centres/Departments/Units interested in initiating international partnerships should contact the international office directly for the Partnership Proposal Form. We will guide you through the proposal process, the partnership application, and the preparation and execution of the partnership agreement.

Register International Collaborations

Faculty/Staff can register/update partnership agreements they have entered into with external institutions for all such collaborations to be formally recognised and included in our database. Follow this link to register https://forms.gle/XtbAKuzcJaWi81ui6

Are you looking forward to partnering with SDD UBIDS?

External Institutions seeking partnership with SDD UBIDS  for teaching, research or other related activities should contact us for initial discussions at dico@ubids.edu.gh. You can also directly contact the head of the Directorate of International  Collaborations (Dr. Millicent A. Akaateba) at makaateba@ubids.edu.gh.