Prof Aryeetey
Prof Aryeetey

Professor Ernest Aryeetey

Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana announced at the weekend that the University will launch its strategic plan at the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year.

He said the new strategic plan would put the University of Ghana on the path to become a world class research University.

Prof Aryeetey made the disclosure at the University?s Congregation for graduates from the Distance Education Programme, the School of Graduate Studies, the University of Ghana Medical and Dental Schools, and Diploma students in Social Administration and the Commonwealth Youth Programme.

He said the nine priority areas of the strategic plan include creating a vibrant intellectual climate that stimulate relevant cutting edge research and community engagement and promoting academic excellence using the highest international standard of learning, teaching and leadership development.

Others are providing an environment that would ensure fulfilling experiences for internal stakeholders, creating the best environment for actual equal opportunity in gender and diversity and overhauling all governance arrangements to archive greater effectiveness and efficiency.

The rest are enhancing the mobilization and management of resources of unit and central administration levels, strengthening the management of the University?s assets and facilities and mainstream and enforce structures and processes for system wide monitoring and evaluation, and building stakeholder confidence in the capabilities in the University

Prof Aryeetey said the maiden University of Ghana Research Report initiated by the Office of Research, Innovation and Development had been launched.

He said the report catalogued research conducted by faculty members in the various academic units during the 2012/2013 academic year, and was developed to co-ordinate research being organized by faculty of the University.

He said as the University moved towards becoming a research university, the next issue of the report would focus on research in the four main thematic areas: Malaria Research and Control, Food Security and Crop Improvement, Climate Change and Adaptation, and Development Policy and Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation.

The Vice-Chancellor said the University was gearing up for the full take-off of the collegiate system at the start of the 2014/2015 academic year, declaring that towards this end, interim Provosts and College Secretaries had been appointed for the colleges of Education, Humanities and Basic and Applied Science.

He observed that there are several on-going projects at various levels of completion on Campus, which include the University of Ghana Hospital, the Small Animal Hospital, Phase 1 of the school of Pharmacy building, the construction of services, conferences rooms and lecture halls for the department of Earth Science, and the constructions of offices and lecture hall for the Faculty of Arts.

Others are the construction of drama studios, offices and auditorium for the School of Performing Arts, a multi-purpose Graduate Building for the University of Ghana Business School and Phase II of the Project for Developing Information and Communications Technology infrastructure, adding that the University had recently completed work on a new cr?che, in addition to the rehabilitation of a number of academic buildings.

Mrs Patience Akyianu, Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ghana who was the guest speaker, urged the graduating students to allow feedbacks to shape their lives into better professionals in the corporate world. GNA

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