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.

university of ghanaThe Report, is aim 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 report, said the research reports, 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 a response.

The University Council, he said, would continue 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 seeks 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 GHC 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.

He paid tribute to Professor John Gyapong, the Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, for initiating the Research Report and to the ORID team of researchers for working hard work to compile the report.

Prof. John Gyapong, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana who is also in charge of Research, Innovation and Development, gave an overview of the 2014/2015 Research Report, saying it was part of the fulfillment of the mandate of ORID, which was to coordinate the various researches being organised by Faculties of the University.

He gave a brief on each section of the Report, highlighting on the new areas that have been added such as science writing.

He said the University would continue to promote and foster strategic partnerships and collaborations to enhance research funding and activities.

Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah, the Provost of the College of Humanities, who reviewed the Report, said it was largely an excellent document.

He indicated that the Report was clear with logical accessible layout with good use of context, images and colour.

He expressed the hope that the Report would encourage units conducting research to share information.

By Christabel Addo

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