The University of Ghana has launched the Third Edition of its Annual Research Report, which is in line with its policy to shape and contribute to the development.
The 204-page document, which is an initiative of the Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID), of the University, catalogues research works conducted by faculties in the various colleges and institutes during the 2014/2015 academic year.
The report is aimed at promoting, facilitating and coordinating cutting-edge research within the various Colleges of the University for wider publication, and to also provide an overview of the UG for the year under review.
Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Baah, Chairman of the University of Ghana Council, who launched the document, said the research report marked an important milestone in the University’s quest to become a world class institution, as it would serve as a guide to its research formulation.
He said every world class University documents its research output and activities, and that with the launch of this third edition, the UG was on its path to becoming a research-intense institution in line with the vision.
According to him, beyond publishing and peer reviewing academic journals, publications like the research report foster an enabling environment for engaging local and international stakeholders with creativity, discovery and new ways of doing things.
He said previous reports have had very positive feedbacks from both internal and external stakeholders and was confident that the current one would receive similar response.
The University Council, he said, would continue to look for innovative ways of raising funding allocation to support faculty research and participation, as this would ensure that more members have access to funds to enable them work on their research and contribute to the University’s research outputs.
Professor Ernest Aryeetey, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, said about $52 million was secured in the 2014/2015 academic year for funding the various research activities under review.
The Report, he said sought to showcase the University’s research strength and achievements to stakeholders and the wider community, as well as to highlight on their placement at the 10th position among African Universities in the latest ranking compiled by Thomas Reuters.
He announced that the four Centres of Excellence under the Collegiate System of the University has been allocated GH¢ one million each, as seed money to research into Climate Change Adaptation, malaria, food production and Processing, Development Policy and Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation, to address key development issues in Ghana.