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Government commited to funding institutions of higher learning

By
Robert Anane, GNA
  

Accra, July 21, GNA –
The government has committed itself to the establishment of a research fund for
the sole purpose of funding relevant and sector specific research work, in the
country’s institutions of higher learning.

A draft bill for the
establishment of the research fund has therefore been completed, and
consultations for stakeholder inputs underway.

Dr Mathew Opoku
Prempeh, Minister of Education, said this on Friday, when he inaugurated the Governing
Council of the University of Mines and Technology(UMAT) in Accra.

Dr Prempeh observed
that the functions of UMaT, as contained in the University of Mines and
Technology, Tarkwa Act – 2004 (Act 677), placed great responsibilities on the
university, to provide quality education that would immensely improve the
learning of science in the country.

“I am confident in the
capabilities of the distinguished persons who have received the approval of His
Excellency the President of the Republic, for appointment to the council,” he
said.

The Minister observed
that as a growing institution, the university had challenges that required
urgent and innovative solutions.

He said the newly
formed council was required by law to ensure the implementation of the aims of
the University, determine the strategic direction of the University and also,
monitor and determine the strategic direction of the University.

“Government expects
that your leadership would not only identify problems, but also have solutions
that would immediately help the University achieve its goals and provide
expanded access to quality science education,” Said Dr Prempeh.

The Minister said this
would help absorb the higher numbers of Senior High School graduates “that we
shall soon be witnessing due to the very laudable Free SHS policy that
Government is on course to implement”.

He said with adequate
funding of higher education being one of the challenges for successive
governments in the country, the government had committed itself to the
establishment of a research fund for the sole purpose of funding relevant and
sector specific research work, in the country’s institutions of higher
learning.

The Minister said a
draft bill for the establishment of the research fund had been completed and
consultations for stakeholder inputs under way.

He urged the council
to establish strategic partnerships with similar international institutions, in
order for the university to gain from international best practices, and attain
the “enviable” status” as a centre of scientific advancement and excellence.

“I assure you of my
unyielding support at all times, and would follow your work and progress with
keen interest,” the Minister said.

The fifteen-member
council is chaired by Dr Stephen Saforo Yirenkyi.

GNA

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