On April 18, 2017, the Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Prof. Gabriel A. Teye accompanied by the Assistant Registrar, UDS Accra Office, Mr. Michael A. Ansa, and an Assistant Registrar who is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in the University of Ghana, Ms. Tahiru Rahaina, participated in the official launch of a partnership to promote West African Studies at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana.

The West African Studies exists primarily to support overseas talent training and academic and cultural exchange platform as well as to serve as a think tank for academic research and information sharing. The participating tertiary institutions in the partnership include the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, University for Development Studies, University of Education, Winneba, University of Cape Coast, University of Ghana and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

In his solidarity message, Prof. Teye commended the initiative and disclosed that UDS had already benefited enormously from the programme as more than 15 staff of the University gained scholarships to undertake various postgraduate programmes in UESTC and other Chinese universities. He pledged the full support of the University to the course of the Centre and was optimistic about the future prospects of the programme.

Ten (10) research topics have been proposed for 2017 by the Center and were presented during the launch. With regard to the research topics, Prof. Teye stated that the University would collaborate with other sister universities to deal with not just reclamation of lands and water resources as a result of mining, but the reclamation of lands in Northern Ghana as result of farming activities.

Contributing to the discussion on the research topic “Entrepreneurship, Urban Poverty and Inequality” Prof. Teye also remarked that contrary to the conventional thinking that the three Northern regions were the poorest regions in the country, the incidence and depth of poverty in certain parts of Accra were more severe than the prevailing deprivation in certain areas in Tamale. He, therefore, challenged the researchers to consider this submission in their work.

The Director of the Centre, shared the some upcoming events with participants and encouraged participants to attend. The launch climaxed with representatives of the participating universities in the partnership signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Other dignitaries present included Prof. Shien Xiaorong, Vice Chairperson of University Council, UESTC, P.R. China and Senior Members of the participating Institutions. 

Source: UDS Accra Office

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