Students must study science at masters level – Dr Victor Agyeman

Dr. Victor Agyeman

Dr. Victor Agyeman

The Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Victor Agyeman, has said, the country needs a lot of students to study science at the masters of education level.

According to the Director, 2016 statistics available at the National Accreditation Board indicated that, only two per cent of 35,000 graduate students in the country were studying science and 78 per cent studying humanities which he noted was very worrying.

He expressed the worry at the second graduation of graduate students of the Forestry Institute of Ghana and the University of Eastern Finland (CSIR-FORIG/UEF).

Dr Agyeman indicated that, students at the graduate level needed to study more science courses than humanities as science and technology have become the bedrock of the country’s economy.

In order for government to achieve its vision of projecting the country through science and technology, he said there should be the provision of scientific laboratories across the country.

The Dean of the Faculty of Science and Forestry at UEF, Professor Ari Pappinen said sustainable management of the environment and natural resources were important for human well-being.

“Experts are increasingly needed to meet the challenges related to the environmental impacts of land use, biodiversity decline and other environmental issues,” he said.

Overall, 13 students graduated with dual masters’ degree in MSc in Bio-Economy and Natural Resources Management after two years.

The post-graduate programme was tailored for the students over years of research collaboration between CSIR-FORIG and UEF since 2014 and they were the last batch of students to graduate as the agreement for the programme has ended in 2018.

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, FUMESUA

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