Universities all over the world have green spaces (GS) as an integral part of their campuses because of the significant benefits derived from them. Aside enhancing the image of universities, GS influence the academic performance of students by reducing stress. This paper examines the preferences and uses of green spaces on UCC campus by Non-African foreign students (NAFS). Data was collected through in-depth interviews, observations and by the use of Arc-GIS 10.1 software. Sixteen NAFS were interviewed during the second semester of the 2013/2014 academic year. It was found out that the usage of GS was influenced by factors such as easy access to Wi-Fi connectivity, proximity of GS to lecture and residential facilities, fresh air they provide, the aesthetic nature of those spaces, and the quiet/serene environment they offer. The respondents also lamented on the use of GS as pathways by other users. Hence, the study recommends that future development plans of the university in terms of siting of lecture theatres and residential facilities should be green space friendly.
Asamoah, Yaw; Mensah, Ishmael; Adams, Osman; Baidoo, Paul; Ameyaw-Akumfi, Akosua B.; and Adjei Mensah, Collins Dr.
"Usage Of Green Spaces At The University Of Cape Coast By Non-African Foreign Students,"
Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective: Vol. 11
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jgi/vol11/iss2/5