University Of Ghana To Increase Admissions

University of ghanaThe University of Ghana is to increase graduate admission by 15 per cent from next academic year. This follows government’s approval of proposals submitted by the university authorities to transform it into a research institution.

As a research university, greater emphasis will be placed on post-graduate work and significantly increase the amount of rigorous research to achieve a ratio of 50:50 between regular under graduate and post graduate students over the next decade.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, stated this while speaking at the graduation of 230 post-graduate students including 26 Doctor of Philosophy candidates.

He said “this will be enhanced by the establishment of colleges, putting together large research projects in related disciplines as well as systems of recognition to ensure that the programmes are comparable to others throughout the world.”
As a starter, Prof. Aryeetey announced that the PhD programmes in the university will have a new format which includes possible admission of first degree holders into M/Phil and PhD programmes adding that all programmes will be run through international partnerships as part of the internationalisation drive.

He stated that GH¢669,862 was made available to faculty members in the second seed fund investigator led and large multi–disciplinary categories to resolve some challenges the faculties might  face at  initial stages while GH¢147,474 was awarded PhD support grants to faculty members for the 2012 -2013 academic gear.

The Vice-Chancellor stated that the university will focus on four thematic areas such as Malaria research, enhancing   food production and food processing, trans disciplinary research into climate change adaptation and development  policy and poverty monitoring and evaluation.

Prof. Aryeetey appealed to government to support the university, financially, to enable it achieve its set goals adding “we would soon embark on a significant capital drive to mobilize resources for this endeavour.”
He urged the graduates to work hard and get their priorities right so as to be good ambassadors for the university.
Prof. Elizabeth Asiedu of the University of Kansas, USA, urged the graduates to utilize the knowledge gained during their studies for the benefit of mankind.

She appealed to them to nurture their subordinates “since a good mentorship facilitates the development of their mentees”, saying as role models they should serve the country by serving individuals and the society which they belonged. – Lawrence Akpalu & Rita Bonsu

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