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Agricultural Economists Hold 1st Conference

A Platform has been created to bring together researchers, agriculturists, economists, bio-scientists, biotechnologists, agricultural engineers, industry specialists, water management specialists, environmentalists, policy makers, politicians and students to discuss relevant research findings, share experiences and take advantage of novel knowledge for practical development outcomes.

This was made possible at the 1st Conference of the Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists (GAAE) held in Tamale under the theme “Sustainable Agricultural Production and Agribusiness Development for food and Jobs: Possibilities and Realities”.

In his declaration of purpose, the convener of the Conference, Rev. Prof. Saa Dittoh noted that Ghana is an agricultural country and will be for a long time to come. Against this background, it was incumbent upon agricultural economists to be at the helm of policy making and advice mainly because of their very good hybrid knowledge of agriculture, rural development and social science. “We may not want to be politicians but we definitely want our country, Ghana to develop so we have to find ways of making sure agricultural policies and programmes are well thought out, well analyzed and well executed.” He added.

In his welcome remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Prof. G. A. Teye stated that UDS was 25 years and that the activities lined up for the silver jubilee celebration would among other things promote research work, especially those that aim at assessing the impact of UDS on national development through higher education. He expressed optimism that participants and researchers would find partnering UDS very useful owing to the vast array of intellectual capacities and the valuable data gathered by students over the years as a result of the University’s unique training model –the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP).

In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto commended the GAAE for providing the forum to discuss a critical area of Ghanaian development, noting that without developing agribusiness, there will be no sustainability in agriculture nor can decent jobs be created.

He urged the Association and individual members to partner government in the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies and plans aimed at developing the agric sector for the over all development of Ghana.

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IIRACS Hosts 4th Annual Inter-Disciplinary Conference

The Institute of Inter-Disciplinary Research and Consultancy Services (IIRACS) has hosted the Annual Inter-Disciplinary Conference (formerly Inter-faculty lectures) at the Nyankpala Campus of the University for Development Studies. This year’s event which was held from Wednesday 6th to Thursday, 7th September 2017 was theme less as it incorporated different disciplines.

Dr. E.S. Mahama, Director of IIRACS espoused the rationale behind the conference and paid tribute to Prof. David Millar, former Pro-Vice Chancellor of UDS for initiating the inter-faculty lectures and Professors Stephen Kendie and Seidu Al-Hassan for their immense contributions towards sustaining the programme.

Delivering his key note address, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS Prof. G.A. Teye entreated Universities to pioneer and continue to research into new knowledge that will address developmental challenges. He appealed to Government to support quality research by fulfilling its promise to establish a research fund.
Prof. Teye hinted that various activities have been lined up to mark the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of UDS, and charged IIRACS to get actively involved.

In a speech delivered on his behalf, the Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Salifu Saeed commended UDS Management for instituting the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP) which in his opinion exposed students to real life challenges and generated data on communities which have proved to be useful to Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies in planning the development of their respective communities. Participants were drawn from Academia, Non-Governmental Organizations, civil society groups and the general public.

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UESTC Delegation Calls on Vice-Chancellor

A Delegation from the University of Electronic Science of China led by Prof. Qin Zhinguang has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. G.A. Teye at the Central Administration, Tamale Campus. The Delegation was in Ghana to participate in an international academic exchange workshop at the Navrongo Campus of UDS. The workshop was a continuation of the first UESTC- Africa workshop on information and software engineering personnel training and academic research, which was held in June, 2017 in Chengdu, China.

Prof. Teye commended the Management of UESTC for their invaluable contribution towards the human resource capacity building efforts of UDS, noting that the collaboration between the two institutions has so far yielded maximum benefits. He urged the UESTC Team to consider establishing a computer assembling plant on the Navrongo campus of UDS.

The Delegation was accompanied by Bishop Dr. Albert Luguterah, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences.

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Dutch Ag. Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on Pro-VC, UDS

dutch 1Ms Caecila Wijgers, Ag. Ambassador of the Netherlands on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 paid a courtesy call on the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. Seidu Al-hassan. The meeting took place in the office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University’s Central Administration, Tamale.

Ms. Wijgers explained that her visit among other things, was to discuss the progress and impact of NICHE projects in the University and in Northern Ghana in general. She indicated that the Dutch Embassy was keen on feedback on their collaborations with institutions, communities and businesses.

The Dean of the School of Medical Health Science (SMHS), Prof. Francis Abantanga and the Dean of School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS), Dr. Nafiu Amadu were present at the meeting together with other officials from both Schools to give insight into the state of the various NICHE projects and what their impacts have been. Mr. Tony Amalba of the SMHS reported that, over two hundred (200) qualified medical doctors have since Project 082, been trained on the Problem Based Learning Approach (PBL). “Students integrate well with the move from Root Learning to a more meaningful learning approach which is what PBL is all about” Mr. Amalba added.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor on his part thanked Ms Wijgers for her visit and reiterated that the University is appreciative of the support from the Dutch government through the Embassy. He further applauded the Dutch Government for its interventions in poverty alleviation especially in Northern Ghana. Prof Al-hassan called for more such projects especially in the area of Capacity building.

Present at the meeting were the Director of Finance, Mr. Mohammed Hardi Shabu, the Deputy Registrar, Mr. George Debrie and some Assistant Registrars from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and University Relations.

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Sandwich Graduate Students Swear Matriculation Oath

A total of One Hundred and Seventy One (171) students have been admitted to pursue various second degree programmes offered by UDS for the 2017/2018 academic year. This was disclosed in a speech delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. G.A. Teye at a Matriculation Ceremony held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Tamale.

The VC also announced the establishment of a Centre for Distance and Continuing Education (with centers initially located within the university catchment area) with a view to allow Teachers and other Professionals living in seemingly distant communities to obtain degrees and diplomas that are relevant to their career objectives.

He admonished the fresh men and women to discard the notion that pursuing sandwich programmes was an easier path to obtaining higher degrees, stating emphatically that the degrees of the University for Development Studies are only awarded to those who are found worthy in character and learning.

The matriculation oath was administered by the Registrar, Dr. A.B.T Zakariah.

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