The University of Cape Coast on Wednesday, committed a total of one-million Cedis to fund the research activities of 45 Lecturers at its Sixth Research Awards and Grants ceremony.

The support formed part of the University’s commitment to deepening the culture of research excellence, innovation and technologically driven entrepreneurship to accelerate national development.

The University instituted the Research Awards Scheme in 2016 as a veritable platform to celebrate research activities closely aligned with thematic areas that were of interest to Departments, Schools and Colleges across the University.

The research agenda is social, economic, education, environmental, development and health.

Five of the figure performed creditably and received outstanding awards.

They are Dr Ernest Teye, Senior Lecturer of School of Agriculture who won the Best Evolved Researcher and received GH¢6,000.00, a plaque and a certificate of recognition.

Dr Alex Boye, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Medical Laboratory Science received the Best Evolving Researcher award and was given GH¢5,000.00, a plaque and a certificate of recognition.

The Best College Level Research Awards went to Dr Innocent Senyo Kwesi Acquah with the College of Humanity and Legal Studies, Dr Samuel Abokyi, College of Health and Allied Sciences, Dr Samuel Kofi Tulashie, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences and Dr Valentina Arkorful, College of Distance Education.

They received GH¢4,000.00, a plaque and a certificate of recognition per person.

Other awardees received various sums of money, a plaque and a certificate of recognition.

The ceremony was graced by Mrs Shlomit Sufa, Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Prof Kobina Annim, Government Statistician, Prof Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, former Vice-Chancellor, Prof Rosemond Boohene, in-coming Pro-Vice-Chancellor, among other dignitaries.

The ceremony brought together stakeholders in the scientific research industry space.

It also provided the opportunity for research awardees and grantees to interact with policy-makers, academics, industrialists, civil society and the general public for national socio-economic transformation.

The move was consistent with the University’s vision to become a global centre of academic excellence through its scholarly and professional endeavours.

That foresight contributed immensely to making UCC emerge as the best-ranked university globally in terms of research influence, top-ranked university in Ghana and West Africa and 4th best in Africa by 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Addressing the gathering, Professor Johnson Nyarko Boampong, the Vice-Chancellor of UCC, explained that the Scheme was aimed at motivating and honouring members of faculty who distinguished themselves through impact-oriented research as well as those who have shown potential in the same regard.

Despite the financial challenges, Prof Boampong assured that UCC will continue to progressively support the Scheme financially to promote research and innovation for national development and transformation of livelihoods.

He underscored the critical role universities play in the development of every nation through the training of human resources, cutting-edge research, and provision of community service.

Pof Boampong noted that knowledge and its dissemination were crucial for providing evidence-based innovative solutions to societal developmental challenges, hence his determination to increase the total amount from GH¢600,000.00 to one million Cedis to ensure that many important research projects were supported.

The amount was from the Internally Generated Funds (IGF) and research grants the university received from external partners.

Professor Frederick Ato Armah, Director of Directorates of Research, Innovation, and Consultancy (DRIC) noted that the research grant which was formerly for only teaching senior members had now been expanded to include non-teaching senior members who as part of their promotion needed to publish.

The Directorate identified some research proposals that had great potential for social impact, for health and well-being, economic development as well as socio-economic development and gave special funding to ensure that they made an impact beyond the institution, he added.


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