UG’s 3rd Research Report Launched
Hon. Justice S.K. Date-Bah, Chairman of the University Council, launching the book
The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) had launched the 3rd edition of the University of Ghana Research Report. The Research Report focuses on innovative research activities, grant awards and related activities during the 2014/2015 academic year.
Hon. Justice Samuel Date-Bah, Chairman of University Council
The Chairman of the University Council, Hon. Justice S.K. Date-Bah, who also chaired the event, indicated that the prioritisation of research is evident in the University’s ten (10) year strategic plan with a purpose to create a vibrant intellectual climate that stimulates relevant cutting edge research and community engagement. He emphasized that even though the University is not yet at the halfway mark in its strategic plan, evidence of the strides that are being made are beginning to manifest in all spheres. Infrastructural development coupled with the recent restructuring of PhD programmes, and a host of policies, he stated, are yielding good results, which is evidenced in the University’s position in world university rankings.
Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor University of Ghana
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, stated that the research report clearly indicates the diversity of research activity going on at the University of Ghana. He further mentioned that University of Ghana has been invited to join the 19 member World University Network and currently involved in 16 different projects. Prof. Aryeetey encouraged faculty members to take advantage of such collaborations, especially at a time when research at UG has been increasingly acknowledged worldwide. He further indicated that the university rankings have become increasingly competitive and the challenge now is for University of Ghana to maintain the record.
Prof. John Gyapong, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation & Development
The Pro-Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. John Gyapong who gave an overview of the 204-page report stated that the report is meant to communicate research undertaken in the University to the ordinary person in simple terms. He indicated that ORID has the mandate to create the enabling environment for research to strive, especially in the areas of ethics, intellectual property and technology transfer, research misconduct among others.
Prof. Gyapong mentioned that total grants received for 2014-15 amounted to GHS 181,893,670.22. He briefed the audience on portions of the report, noting that it captures 12 major donor agencies, 26 partner institutions and 7 major cutting- edge research areas. He called on the Colleges to do more editing at the college level before submission to reduce the time spent on editing the document.
Prof. Andrew Anthony Adjei, Director for Research (ORID)
Prof. Andrew Anthony Adjei, Director for Research at ORID, in brief remarks, mentioned that the research report has become the mouth piece for communicating research findings to stakeholders and such initiative by the University is now being emulated by some sister universities in the country. This he said, clearly shows that the University of Ghana is in the lead in Ghana and the sub-region in terms of research.
Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost College of Humanities
Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of the College of Humanities who reviewed the research report mentioned that there have been significant improvements in the 3rd edition. He indicated that the report has been organised according to colleges which reflects the University’s administrative structure. Going forward, Prof. Adjei-Mensah suggested that research activities in institutes and centres should be captured under their various colleges within which they operate. He also suggested the need to separate the internal and external awards and achievements and stressed on the need to report more on research uptake and utilization.
The launch was attended by Provosts, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, faculty and staff of the University as well as some students.
Prof. Yao Tettey, Provost, College of Health Science, receiving 10copies of the research report from Mr. Richard Boapea, Director of Finance
Dr. Gordon Awandare receiving the research report on behalf of the Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences from Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, Registrar.
Prof. Cephas Omenyo, Provost, College of Education receiving the report from Mr. Richard Boapea
Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost, College of Humanities receiving the report from Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, Registrar
A cross-section of the guests at the launch