The Pro Vice Chancellor of T the University of Ghana (UG) in Charge of the Office of Research, Innovation and Development, Professor John Gyapong, has dismissed claims that recommendations in research findings were left to gather dust on the shelves with little use for them.
He maintained that the uptake of research findings for policy formulation was a process which usually took time to come to fruition. Prof Gyapong was speaking in Accra on Monday after signing, on behalf of the University of Ghana, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with Ghana Regional Appropriate Technology Industrial Service (GRATIS) for collaboration to promote practical training and research.
The academia and the research institutions have come under criticism from the public who often viewed their work as being more academic-oriented than for solving everyday problems facing society.
However, Prof Gyapong, medical research scientist, credited for studies into the lymphatic filariasis, a tropical infectious disease, said “the process of translating research into practice and policy is a long one …” He said the UG had been engaging with industries “in a
positive way,” adding that the university in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, had established the Technology Development Centre, to partner with industries and policy makers to practicalise research findings, with initial focus on agriculture.
Prof Gyapong said the UG pursued a liberal academic environment that allows students to think outside the box, and undertake research and come out with innovations to help resolve problems, for sustainable development.
He said the university was gradually being transformed into a research institution to make it more relevant to the country’s socio-economic development. Prof Gyapong indicated that the university had developed a 10 -year strategic plan (2014-2024) that defines the pathway to its destination, and compiled all its findings into reports in a simple language. The signing of the MOU with the management of GRATIS is seen as a positive move by the university to bridge the gap between industry and the academia.
The GRATIS is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, with the mandate to research into appropriate technology to facilitate the socio economic and industrial development of Ghana.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman