Prof Owusu challenges graduates to raise bar of excellence

Iddi Yire/Julius Satsi, GNA

Accra, July 23, GNA –
Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana,
has challenged graduates to raise the bar of excellence and be team players
wherever they find themselves.

“Your graduation
today is a testament to the fact that you have worked hard and burnt the candle
at both ends; you have withstood challenges in the academic arena and have
sacrificed your energy and time to achieve success,” Prof Owusu said at
the University’s College of Humanities congregation at the weekend.            

“Today, the
University is officially dispatching you into the wide world as its able
ambassadors. I challenge you to raise the bar of excellence, and to be team
players wherever you find yourselves,” he added.

In all 3,858 students
graduated at various levels from all four colleges of the University.

This number is made up
of 1,148 at the Post Graduate level, 2,449 at the Bachelor’s level and 261 at
the Diploma level.

Aside the July
congregation, another set of graduation ceremonies would be held in November
this year.

“Great success
lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative teamwork effort. The
secret of getting ahead is getting started,” the Vice Chancellor said.

On research,
innovation and development, Prof Owusu said any higher educational institution
worth its sort must ride on a vibrant research portfolio.

“Having declared
our intentions to become a research-intensive university, the Office of
Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) is taking the lead in ensuring that
we meet our set goals,” he said.

“At the end of
the review process for the most recent call for proposals for faculty
development grants, eight grants with a total value of GHC244,302 were awarded
to faculty,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor
said the 10th call for research proposals by ORID yielded 17 awards with a
value of GHC881,733; adding “this year, ORID has disbursed 82 conference
grants with a total value of $ 111,142”.

On capacity building,
Prof Owusu said the University of Ghana was part of five higher educational
institutions awarded 1,359,975 euros to run the Africa Regional International
Staff Exchange (ARISE II) programme under the intra-Africa Project.

He said under this
project, applications were being received for both staff and student exchange.

He said through the
efforts of ORID, the University of Ghana was hosting two full time masters
students at the Department of Crop Science under the ARISE Phase I project.

Prof Owusu said the
University of Ghana was one of seven universities that had been selected by the
World Health Organisation to host an international postgraduate training scheme
for masters and PhD students.

He noted that the
first cohort of the students under this scheme completed their programme in
July 2016 and the second was expected to complete later this month.

The third call for
applications had been processed and five applicants had been selected to
receive the awards.

In addition, the
University, through ORID, co-ordinates the Climate Change Impact Research
Capacity Leadership Enhancement programme, under which four visiting fellows
from Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda had been admitted to a one-year fellowship
with departments in the University.

Prof. Owusu said
University of Ghana, the Lead Institution, together with its partners; Aarhus
University and University of Copenhagen, had submitted a proposal for a grant
of 13 million Danish Kroner to run the Building Stronger Universities (BSU)
Phase III programme.

He said under the
current phase of the programme, four PhD scholarships had been awarded and six
short courses on research had been organised for faculty and post graduate


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