The National Accreditation Board (NAB) has issued licence to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to start a graduate school in Science next year.
To be known as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Graduate School, it will run Agriculture and Environmental Science programmes in affiliation with the University of Cape Coast, and an Engineering programme affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Deputy Director-General of the CSIR, Dr Rose Emma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah, disclosed this to the media yesterday, at the CSIR non-denomination thanksgiving service.
She said all was set for the school to start admissions next month, adding that the Council had already acquired logistics and engaged personnel to start the training of a new set of scientists that would be able to think logically to solve situations.
She said the school would also teach French, since Ghana was surrounded by francophone countries and there was the need to build that bridge with them.
Dr Entsua-Mensah explained that most Ghanaian scientists could not get international assignments due to the language barrier, and said the move was to fully prepare its students for such opportunities.
“Most of our scientists are already teaching in the universities, so we have linked up with them, including retired scientists of the institute, to come on board so that we can run the school successfully,” she stated.
She added that the scientists of the council would be engaged as part-time lecturers while the retirees would be full time.
Dr Entsua-Mensah said the CISR had all the technology and that students would acquire more practical lessons to equip them for the job market.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Reverend Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, urged staff of the institute to be more devoted and committed to their work to receive God’s favour.
By Bernard Benghan