President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged the country’s universities to cooperate with industry and the corporate world to carry out high-quality strategic research that would help address societal and economic challenges.
The President said it was imperative that Ghana’s tertiary institutions focused on finding new and effective ways to addressing social challenges and help achieve economic prosperity for all Ghanaians.
President Akufo-Addo made the call at a thanksgiving service of the University of Ghana’s (UG), 75th Anniversary celebrations in Accra last Friday. The thanksgiving service was part of the University’s year-long activities to celebrate that feat.
The anniversary was held under the theme: “Nurturing Resilience: Adopting Technology, Embracing Humanism.”
President Akufo-Addo said the UG had consistently delivered on its objective of providing world-class human assets and capacities to meet Ghana’s development needs.
“The university continues to be the centre of many scientific and technological innovations. The diversity of this research efforts and output in various disciplines, including social sciences, law, natural sciences, medicine, agriculture, environment, and energy, has been internationally acclaimed,” he indicated.
President Akufo-Addo, however, stressed that the UG must broaden its scope by undertaking and implementing research that provides information and capabilities on which the country could rely on to compete in the global arena.
“I ask the University of Ghana and all tertiary institutions in the country to find innovative and effective ways of linking up with industry and the corporate world to engage in quality strategic research targeted at finding practical solutions to real life challenges of our society and thereby help actualize research findings to the benefit of our country and its citizenry” he said.
President Akufo-Addo told the UG leadership that the government would offer the funding needed to position the university as a research-intensive institution.
The President reaffirmed his government’s determination to make education a priority and enable country produce high quality and globally competitive graduates.
“My government fully supports and shares your vision of becoming a research-intensive university, and we will do everything we can to assist you in realizing it,” he said.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD