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College of Humanities holds international research conference

By
Christabel Addo-GNA

Accra, July 18, GNA – The Third Annual
International Research Conference of the University of Ghana College of
Humanities opened in Accra on Tuesday to foster interdisciplinary research in
the pursuit of academic and national development.

The three-day conference, on the theme:
“Humanities Research and the New Waves of Globalisation,” will discuss ways of
creating the right synergies and partnerships between academia and industry to
meet the unprecedented levels of changes in education, health, business,
technology and terrorism.

Madam Erika Jean Goldson, the Acting Country
Director of the United Nation’s Population Fund, who delivered the keynote
address, said the theme of the conference could not have been more appropriate
given the waves of globalisation currently sweeping across the world.

She said interdisciplinary collaborations must
be the order of the day because the global challenges required
multidisciplinary approaches to solving.

The world, Madam Goldson said, had now become
borderless or a global village due to technological revolution and, for that
matter, one could sit at different sides of the globe and communicate and
exchange ideas, conduct surveys, trade, transmit inter-ballistic missiles
across oceans with reverberating effects globally.

It was this growth in science and technology
that had facilitated the technological transfer shaping how the humanities
conduct research, she said.

She said the theme was significant in the
context of the recently adopted global framework to deliver on the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Madam Goldson said the realisation of the 17 adopted
objectives would have great impact on education, health, technology and
terrorism.

“Today we see the application of geospatial
technology in the study of climate change, land and forest degradation, and air
pollution,” she said.

Madam Goldson said modern methodologies had
been largely driven by advances in the philosophical underpinnings of the
humanities, especially since the 1960s, which had gone through several
transitions.

She expressed the hope that the conference
would reveal many more exciting areas of rigorous research to participants
which would spark up the thirst for knowledge, both on specific areas and the
identification of unthinkable new areas.

Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah, the Provost of
the College of Humanities, said the annual conferences of the College sought to
establish a culture of excellence in research for the benefit of the University
and the broader society it served.

He said they were also to create a platform
for academia to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with industry and
share their research findings.

Prof. Agyei-Mensah said despite the changing
trends in global interactions, researchers had remained cocooned in their
silos, with very little collaboration with others however partnerships were
increasingly becoming the way to create synergies and draw on knowledge from
different fields to achieve common goals.

He said in essence, the current global world
called for new research and degree programmes to create opportunities for
faculty and students to effectively engage in research.

Prof. Agyei-Mensah said the collaborative
networks allowed students and the faculty to also engage in broader academic
and developmental discourses aimed at extending the frontiers of knowledge to
inform policy.

He expressed the hope that the conference
would serve as platform for young and budding researchers to showcase their
work and learn from more established colleagues.

Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, said the theme for the conference
fell in line with the University’s plans of becoming a research institution by
2034.

He said the University was committed to
devoting a large proportion of its Internally Generated Funds to research and
innovations to address the numerous challenges facing the country.

The College of Humanities is made up of six
Schools namely; the University of Ghana Business School, School of Arts, School
of Performing  Arts, School of Languages,
School of Social Sciences and the University of Ghana School of Law.

It is also home to three research institutes
namely; the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, Institute
of African Studies and the Regional Institute for Population Studies; as well
as five Centres involving the Centre for Social Policy Studies, Language
Centre, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, Centre for Gender
Studies and Advocacy, and the Centre for Migration Studies.  

GNA

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