On Thursday, May, 31, 2018, the University for Development Studies (UDS) held its 25th Anniversary Public Lecture. The Lecture took place at the Dr. Andani Andan Academic Board Chamber, Tamale Campus and was delivered by the Foundation Registrar of UDS, Dr. Paul Effah. His speech centered on the theme for the Anniversary Celebrations, UDS@25: Impact on National Development through Practical Higher Education.
In the lecture, Dr. Effah highlighted the major events leading to the establishment of UDS. He noted that UDS was born out of the new thinking on higher education which emphasises the need for universities to play a more active role in addressing problems of society, particularly in the rural areas. He said it was this ideology that shaped the mission and focus of the University. Using the framework provided by Salmi (2010) on common errors made when building a New World-class University, Dr. Effah assessed the establishment of the University against the common errors identified by Salmi (2010). Based on the assessment, he established that UDS was able to avoid a majority of the common errors.
On the University’s impact on National Development, Dr. Effah stated that UDS has primarily brought university education to the doorstep of the people of Northern Ghana, automatically producing graduates working in public and private organisations throughout the country to affect positively the lives of people. He added that the University through its Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP) has made significant contributions to community development, particularly by building the capacity of both the students and community members, as well as providing worthy research material for development organisations. He also acknowledged the contribution of the UDS School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences to health care in Northern Ghana.
Dr Effah concluded his lecture by charging the University community to use the Silver Jubilee celebrations as an opportunity to reflect on what the University has achieved and to explore new insights that would make UDS one of the best developmental Universities in Africa. He said the University would need to become more innovative so as to be able to survive the 21st century challenges. He advised the University not to abandon its focus on practically-oriented, problem-solving and student-centered approaches in its quest to become one of the best Universities in Africa.
The University for Development Studies (UDS) has signed an agreement with Jaksally, a local non-Governmental organisation operating in the Northern, Upper West and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana. The agreement, which was signed by the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Teye and the Programme Coordinator of Jaksally, Mr. Jeremiah Abubakar Seidu is to ensure collaboration in the training, internship and research work of students and staff of both parties. The agreement also allows both parties to exchange information on local resource mobilization methods focusing on Village savings and Loans (VSLA), as well as research on how VSLA can be used to support development locally. The focus of the agreement will be on areas such as microfinance, local resource mobilization, grassroots governance, advocacy for women and community leaders, implementation of practical climate change working techniques and technologies and the development of environment enterprises studies.
Walewale Senior High Technical School has emerged winner of the acclaimed Ghanaian quiz competition “What do You Know?”. The competition which was held at the Dr. Andani Andan Academic Board Chamber was part of activities to mark the 25th Anniversary of the University for Development Studies (UDS). The participating schools were drawn from second cycle institutions within Northern Ghana, including Walewale Senior High Technical School (Northern Region), Nandom Senior High School (Upper West Region) and Notre Dame Seminary Senior High School (Upper East Region).
Walewale Senior High Technical School received a cash prize of GH₵ 1,500.00 for placing first, Nandom Senior High School received GH₵ 1,000.00 for placing second and Notre Dame Senior High School received GH₵800.00 for placing third. The schools were given Certificates of Participation in addition to their cash prizes.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor of UDS, Professor Seidu Al-hassan congratulated the students on their participation and entreated them to see the competition as an avenue to learn about the development of education in Ghana.
A French Multimedia Resource Centre has been inaugurated on the Tamale Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS). The Centre, which is the third to be inaugurated after the Wa and Navrongo French Centres of the University was co-funded by the French Embassy under the Solidarity Priority Fund (SFP) at an amount of 18,000 Euros. The Multimedia Resource Centre located in the Library Block contains a computer room stocked with 20 computers and accessories, a library and television room to facilitate the teaching and learning of French in the University.
The Vice Chancellor of the UDS, Professor Gabriel Teye expressed his gratitude to the French Embassy for co-funding the establishment of the centres. He mentioned that the learning of French was important for Ghana not just because it is a country surrounded by Francophone Countries but also because Ghana finds itself as part of International organisations which recognise French as one of its official languages. He said the establishment of the Centre would help promote the teaching and learning of French in the Northern parts of the country. Professsor Teye assured the French Embassy that the Management of the University will continue to support the centres with the required staff and infrastructure, especially because of the University’s future plans to establish a Communication Sciences and Language Centre.
The Representatives from the French Embassy, Madam Julie Fournier and Dr. Sonia Couprie pledged the French Government’s commitment to supporting the teaching and learning of French in Ghana. Dr. Couprie stated that UDS is playing a leading role in expanding French courses in the Northern parts of the country with the presence of the centres in its campuses. She added that the Embassy is ready to fully support the Centre through the provision of internship and networking opportunities for French learners.
The Centre Coordinator and Director of IIRaCs, Dr. Edward Salifu Mahama thanked the Vice Chancellor and the French Embassy for their support towards the completion of the centre. He gave his assurance that all efforts will be made to whip up the interest of staff and students to take advantage of the Centre to learn French.
The Centre will be open to members of the University Community and subsequently, the public.