The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has held its 7th Research Awards and Grants (RAG) in recognition of outstanding research conducted by staff members of the institution and also offer an opportunity for them to conduct further research.
The event was held under the auspices of the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC) of the University and was on the theme: “Research and innovation for sustainable development in a changing world: the role of African Universities”.
The annual award scheme is aimed at motivating and honouring faculty members who distinguished themselves through impact-oriented research as well as those who have shown potential in the same regard.
Prof. Michael Osei Adu of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences emerged as the Best Evolved Researcher, while Dr Selorm Akaba, also of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, received the Best Evolving Research Award under the Best Research Award (BRA) category. Other award winners at the College level were Dr Brandford Bervel, Prof. Tulashie Kofi Samuel, Dr Peterson Owusu Junior, Dr Nancy, Innocentia Ebu Enyan and Dr Thomas Homenu.
A total of 39 other individuals and group of researchers from the University were also presented with grants to enable them conduct research in different fields under the Research Support Grants instituted by the management of UCC.
The Director of Institute of Health research (IHR) of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Prof. Margaret Gyapong, indicated the need for the country to double its steps in order to meet the tenets of the SDGs.
She explained that the country had not made progress in terms of meeting the target stipulated under the SDGs.
She, therefore, underscored the need for universities to undertake research and innovation into areas that would address the challenges associated with SDGs.
She expressed confidence in the University of Cape Coast in conducting research in the area of Sustainable Development Goals.
Prof. Gyapong indicated the research agenda being implemented by UCC would position the university as one of the topmost universities in the world.
Additionally, she appealed to the various universities to ensure that they train students to be able to develop critical and problem-solving skills.
The Director, Directorate of research, Innovation and Consultancy of UCC, Prof. David Teye Doku, in his address, explained that the awards demonstrated the commitment of the University to its core mandate of conducting research.
“The UCC research agenda is a blueprint of how our research work fits seamlessly with the broader vision of UCC and national development trajectory,” he said.
He indicated that the two award categories were introduced by the institution to support quality research and encourage research excellence and innovation among faculties.
FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH,