U-G launches second Research Report for 2013/2014

Justice Date-Baah launching the report. Photo. Maxwell K. Bilson















The second edition of the University of Ghana (UG) Research Report for the 2013/2014 academic year was launched in Accra yesterday.

The 184-page document is a compilation of some of the excellent academic and cutting edge researches conducted during the past academic year.

The UG Research Report, which is an initiative of the Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID), aims at highlighting the research activities of the university for its stakeholders and donors and helping to shape the developmental agenda of Ghana and Africa at large.

Launching the report, Justice Samuel K. Date-Baah, Chairman of UG Governing Council, said the effort of the university to publish its research outputs and related activities beyond peer-reviewed journals “is a clear indication that we are on the pathway to become a research intensive university.”

He disclosed that, last year, an amount of GH¢1 million was allocated to support faculty research and participation in conferences, stressing that, the initiative was to ensure that many more faculty members had access to funds to enable them to work on their research and contribute to the university’s research outputs.

Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of UG said an additional GH¢1 million was allocated as seed money to kick-start research into malaria, climate change adaptation, enhanced food production and processing, and development policy and poverty monitoring and evaluation.

Additionally, the university spent 2.5 million dollars to acquire some state-of-the-art equipment including an NMR and a Mass Spectrophotometer, two years ago, to replace obsolete equipment and refurbish its laboratories.

Prof. Aryeetey said that the recognition of UG’s research accomplishments and potential was given a further boost when the university became a founding member of the newly formed African Research University Alliance (ARUA) at the just ended African Higher Education Summit held in Dakar, Senegal.

“The 16-member alliance, which was by invitation, comprises leading institutions with strong research track record and doctoral training programmes. The University of Ghana is the only institution from Ghana in this alliance, a clear recognition of our efforts in becoming a leading research-intensive university on the continent,” he added.

Prof. John Gyapong, Pro-VC in-charge of ORID, disclosed that the University Council had approved an Intellectual Property (IP) policy to guide IP related researches and activities at the university.

He commended staff of ORID, donors, sponsors and investors, as well as national and international collaborators who generously supported the UG Research Report.

By Joseph Edu Archison and Baaba Crentsil  

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