UG Launches Second Annual Research Report

From left, Pro-Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. S. Kwame Offei, Chairman of the University Council, Hon. Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Bah , Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey , Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. John Gyapong and Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel Ashia in a pose after the official launch.

The University of Ghana yesterday launched the second edition of the University of Ghana Research Report. The ceremony was chaired by the Chairman of the University Council, Hon. Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Bah.

Hon. Justice Date-Bah in his opening remarks noted that every world class university documents their research output and activities adding that with the launch of the report, the University is on the path to becoming a research-intense institution in line with the vision.

Justice Samuel K. Date-Baah

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, in his remarks indicated that the four Centres of Excellence established in the University, have been allocated Gh₵1 million as seed money to develop research areas in Climate Change Adaptation; Malaria Research; Food Production and Processing; and Development Policy and Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation to address key developmental issues in Ghana, the African continent and beyond. He added that US$5 million has been earmarked for refurbishment of laboratories and the replacement of obsolete scientific equipment. He also indicated that through the Chinese phase II ICT project,  the University is now in a position to house large datasets for research and also do more computing research than before.

Prof. Aryeetey said the University is also in the process of providing connectivity to the Agricultural research centres at Kade, Kpong and Nungua to be at par with the main campus at Legon. He stated that the launch of the second edition of the Research Report attests to the fact that UG’s investment in research is paying off.

Professor Ernest Aryeetey – Vice Chancellor


The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development, Professor John Gyapong, presented the overview of the 2013/2014 Research Report. He gave a brief on each section of the Report, highlighting the new areas that have been added such as the registry support to research, post-doctoral fellowships, major research initiatives and graduate students research. Professor Gyapong commended the ORID team who worked hard to compile the report.

Professor John Gyapong – Pro Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development

Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins who reviewed the Report said the report is largely an excellent document. She reviewed the Report based on four main points namely, the first impression, content, emerging insights and limitations. She indicated that the report is clear with logical accessible layout with good use of text, images and colour. However she noted that some critical information such as publications and research outputs crucial for measuring impact were not available and hoped that these will be addressed in the next edition.


Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins

The Chairman, Justice Date-Bah, later cut the tape to symbolically launch the Report on behalf of the Chancellor, Mr Kofi Annan. 

A section of the audience at the ceremony

The ceremony was attended by members of the ORID Advisory Committee, the Pro-Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. S. Kwame Offei and the Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel Ashia.  Also in attendance were Provosts, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments and members of the University community.