Students from Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania, USA, visited Regent University on January 26, 2011 during their educational tour to Ghana. The group was led by Prof. David Dzaka, a Ghanaian lecturer at Messiah College. The purpose of the visit was for the students at Regent University and Messiah College to interact and exchange their experiences in Christian Universities. Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church.
In her welcome address, Ms. Nancy Ansah, the Public Affairs Director of Regent University, shared the vision of Regent University with the guest students. She said that students of Regent University are trained to be transformational leaders and also to have the right training to power the economy of Ghana with technological skills. She referred to the link between the Universities through Prof. Dzaka, as a growing one. Prof. Dzaka visits Regent University and support workshops and retreats on institutional effectiveness.
Prof. Dzaka mentioned that in 2003, he met Prof. E. Kingsley Larbi, the President & CEO of Regent University at Messiah College where he (Prof. Larbi) was a visiting lecturer. He identified with Prof. Larbi's vision of a Christian University and from then, a strong friendship developed.
The students of both universities explained that the Christian university concept establishes strong link between church and educational institutions. Our faith is important and integral part of who we are. Students from both institutions admitted that the Christian training attached to their academic work helps them to redefine their worlds to include the wellbeing of others. It also provides the opportunity to regard social and community service as necessary in finding self fulfillment. Again, the friends made from classes and extra curricular activities enable good networking and keep one's faith alive for individual's personal development.
The students interacted through questions and answers, and at the end they exchanged contact information for further communication.