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.

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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


The UBIDS International Spotlight is an initiative by the International Collaborations Office (ICO) to highlight the international activities of the university’s staff, faculty and students.

For the maiden edition of the SPOTLIGHT in June 2022, Dr. Constance A. Akurugu and Dr. Maxwell A. Aziabah are featured for enhancing the visibility/ reputation of UBIDS in the International Arena.

Dr. Constance A. Akurugu speaks at the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali, Indonesia

Akurugu Dr. Akurugu, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of  Public Policy and Management  of the Faculty of Public Policy and Governance, was one of the global speakers at the gender section of the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction from 23rd to 28th May, 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. Her contribution was on the theme “ Gender Mainstreaming issues and needs in End to End-Early Warning System for Hydro-Meteorological events in West Africa”.

The Global Platform is a multi-stakeholder forum attended by governments, the UN System Entities, Intergovernmental Organisations and other stakeholders to discuss and review progress towards implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. You can read about the details of the 7th Session of the Global Platform here:  https://globalplatform.undrr.org/

Congratulations to Dr. Akurugu for showcasing UBIDS  on this Global Platform.

Dr. Maxwell A. Aziabah Completes the Africa Science Leadership Programme Fellowship at the University of Pretoria, SA

Maxwell Dr. Aziabah, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Development, Faculty of Planning and Land Management, was selected as a Fellow of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) in October 2020 for a period of two years.  He participated in a workshop to close out the fellowship year for the the sixth cohort of ASLP Fellows held at Future Africa, University of Pretoria, from 9th – 13th June, 2022.

The ASLP is an initiative of the University of Pretoria and the Global Young Academy, with support from Robert Bosch Stiftung. The Programme aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team management, and research development to enable them to contribute to developing a new paradigm science in Africa, focused on its contribution to solving the complex issues facing both Africa and the global community. Learn more about ASLP cohort 6 here: https://www.futureafrica.science/index.php/programmes/aslp/aslp-2020

Prof. Issaka Kanton Osumanu and Dr. Abdul-Kadiri Yahaya Embarked on an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Programme for Teaching Exchange  at Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic

kadiri_kantonFor the July 2022 edition of the UBIDS International Spotlight (the ICO SPOTLIGHT), Prof. Issaka Kanton Osumanu and Dr. Abdul-Kadiri Yahaya are starred for enhancing the reputation of SDD-UBIDS in the international arena. The ICO SPOTLIGHT is an initiative by the International Collaborations Office (ICO) to highlight the international activities of the university’s staff, faculty and students.

As part of an ongoing collaboration between the SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD UBIDS) and the Palacky University Olomouc (UP), Prof. Issaka Kanton Osumanu and Dr. Abdul-Kadiri Yahaya were invited as visiting professor and visiting lecturer respectively  to the Faculty of Sciences, UP from 9th July, 2022 to 21st July, 2022. During the period of their visit, they introduced the SDD UBIDS in general and the Department of  Environment and Resource Studies to the host university community. The visit is expected to foster and deepen collaboration between the two universities in areas such as staff development, collaborative teaching and research, joint supervision and examination  of graduate research, among others.

Prof. Issaka Kanton Osumanu is an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Science and Arts

Akurugu Prof. Osumanu is the current Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Arts. He is well noted for his teaching and research activities in the fields of urban environmental management, land use change, and sustainable livelihoods.

Dr. Abdul-Kadiri Yahaya is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Environment and Resource Studies, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies

Akurugu Dr. Yahaya’s teaching and research activities are in the fields of Environment and Natural Resource Management. He is passionate about internationalisation in higher education and is looking forward to fostering more partnerships for staff/student mobility exchanges in his Department.

Congratulations to Prof. Osumanu and Dr. Yahaya on your international engagements. SDD UBIDS  is proud of you! Together, our collective efforts can get SDD UBIDS to become internationally acclaimed.

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.