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The IIAS Humanities across Borders program (HaB) arrived at The University of Ghana in 2017. The University of Ghana (established in 1948) has always been quintessentially encyclopaedic with a tradition of bounded disciplines. It has consistently placed a very high premium on rigorous, performance oriented, test-dominated pedagogical approaches. Such approaches have tended to dismiss, even refute, the humanistic pedagogical approach. Even though more recently there have also been indications of a movement towards community engagement, and possible rectification of the colonial pedagogy mind-set, the university’s initial response to HaB was nevertheless ambiguous; simultaneously welcoming and hesitant.