A former Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, UCC, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has underscored the need for researchers to be financially resourced to undertake research for the development of the country. According to her, tertiary institutions must objectively review the research component of their funding.

‘Research costs money, it requires adequate funding and necessary equipment,’ she observed.

An orientation ceremony has been held for 55 newly-admitted students who are pursuing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Population and Health at the University of Cape Coast (UCC). The orientation, which was held in Tamale, Kumasi and Accra, was attended by students comprising mostly Principals of Health Institutions (HTIs) across the country.

PhD Graduates being robed at the Congregation

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong has indicated that the University is reviewing its academic activities to give students practical experience to make graduate programmes relevant to socio-economic and technology development.
Prof. Boampong noted that the review would help empower the graduates to be more self-reliant to create their own businesses and employ others.

The Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) UCC, has organised seminar for postgraduate students in the University under the theme “Conscientizing Postgraduate Students on Critical Issues in Research”.

The President of the Association, Mr. George Sarfo, said the programme was aimed at addressing the challenges facing postgraduate students in their research work. He noted that the programme was also intended to find ways of helping postgraduate students to finish their thesis early.

The Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has encouraged graduates of the School of Graduate Studies to serve humanity with the knowledge acquired through their studies wherever they find themselves.

“I urge you to make optimum use of the knowledge you have acquired from the university, and make a difference whatever you are,” he said.

Thirty-Eight postraduate students of the University have received grants to support their research work under the auspices of the Samuel and Emelia Brew-Butler-SGS/GRASAG and UCC Research Grant.

The Grant which is aimed at supporting qualified graduate students to produce quality research and also enable them complete their work on time, received a total of 62 applications out of which 38 were successful after a rigorous selection process. A budget of one hundred thousand cedis was made available to be disbursed to successful applicants.

A two-week International PhD Summer School has been opened at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS).

The Summer School which is a collaboration between IDS and the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) at the University of Kassel, Germany has the theme “Constructing Research Frameworks on the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa’s Policy Environment”.