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    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH WAS INSTALLED AS THE FIRST CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA AT ITS OPENING CEREMONY AT LEGON, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ACCRA, NOVEMBER 25.

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    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH WAS INSTALLED AS THE FIRST CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA AT ITS OPENING CEREMONY AT LEGON, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ACCRA, NOVEMBER 25. REPRESENTATIVES FROM UNIVERSITIES FROM GREAT BRITAIN, AMERICA AND THE SOVIET UNION ATTENDED THE CEREMONY.

    IN A LONG SPEECH WHICH WAS QUIETLY RECEIVED BY THE STUDENTS, DR. NKRUMAH SAID THE HIGHER INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING IN AFRICA WERE IN THE PAST DESIGNED TO SUIT THE COLONIAL ORDER. THEIR PRODUCTS, THEREFORE, REFLECTED THE VALUES AND IDEALS OF THE COLONIAL POWERS. "WE HAVE ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS DENOUNCED THESE INSTITUTIONS AS IVORY TOWERS LACKING THE NECESSARY SYMPATHY WITH THE PEOPLE, WALKING IN THE CLOUDS WITH THEIR FEET DANGLING IN THE AIR," SAID DR. NKRUMAH. HE WENT ON TO EMPHASISE THAT AFRICAN STUDIES WERE TO BE DEVELOPED IN THE UNIVERSITY, ADDING: "FREEDOM, REDEVELOPMENT AND UNITY OF AFRICA AND THE MORAL, CULTURAL AND SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE CONTINENT TO TOTAL WORLD CIVILISATION AND PEACE MUST BE UPPERMOST IN THE MINDS OF ALL STUDENTS."
    ORIGINALLY THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF THE GOLD COAST, IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1948, AND ON THE COUNTRY ATTAINING INDEPENDENCE IN 1957 IT BECAME THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF GHANA. LAST MONTH THE COLLEGE ATTAINED A FULL UNIVERSITY STATUS AND BEGAN SEVERING ITS CONNECTION WITH LONDON UNIVERSITY. AT PRESENT THERE ARE ABOUT 700 STUDENTS AND AN ACADEMIC STAFF OF 160, OF WHOM A QUARTER ARE GHANAIAN. THE UNIVERSITY WAS BUILT AT A COST OF GBP10 MILLION. A NUMBER OF THE EUROPEAN AND GHANAIAN TEACHING STAFF WERE RECENTLY DISMISSED, IT WAS REPORTED, ON POLITICAL GROUNDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEE64HYJ7HTSZKMQ8I3MQPH11Z
    Media URN:
    VLVAEE64HYJ7HTSZKMQ8I3MQPH11Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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