H.E. Rodrigues Pires Arrives in Ghana

A high-powered Delegation from the University for Development Studies,led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof.G.A.Teye was at the Kotoka International Airport on Thursday April 19, 2018 to welcome H.E. Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, Former President of the Republic of Cape Verde to Ghana. 

H.E. Rodrigues Pires who is in the country at the invitation of the Governing Council and Management of UDS, would pay courtesy calls on the President, the Vice-President and two Former Presidents in Accra. 

The Former Cape Verdean President would be the main Speaker for the 6th edition of the Africa Leadership Lectures, a flagship Programme initiated by UDS among other things to contribute to a national and transnational discourse on productive leadership culture that will support and enhance African Development. The 3-day Lecture would be held on Monday April 23,Tuesday April 24 and Wednesday April 25,2018 at the Tamale Campus of UDS.

Sources:University Relations.

Pro VC Chairs National Launch of Capacity Development Project

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Professor Seidu Al-hassan has challenged farmers particularly from the three regions of the North to take advantage of opportunities that seek to enhance their capacity. He indicated that doing so will not only improve their livelihood, but will also enable them contribute immensely to national development.

Addressing various Farmer-Based Cooperatives/ Organizations (FBCs/FBOs) at the National Launch of the Capacity Development Programme on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale, Professor Al-hassan said capacity building programmes represent a form of capital which must not be taken for granted. He advised the farmers not to be over dependent on donor support programmes, but rather strive to become independent of such support, which will in the long run, enable them advance food security in Ghana.

The Capacity Development Project, which is implemented by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the Department of Cooperatives (DOC) aims to enhance the capacity of Farmer-Based Cooperatives (FBC’s) in Northern Ghana through training, consultancy, networking opportunities and financial support.

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Honourable Ignatius Baffour-Awuah who delivered the keynote address recounted the significant roles cooperatives played in the past towards the enhancement of cash crops, particularly cocoa in Ghana. He added that the patronage of such crops has dwindled over the years largely due to the inactiveness of cooperatives, thus any initiative that seeks to strengthen the influence of cooperatives is one that should be given maximum support. He expressed optimism that the passing of the Cooperatives Bill would further ensure a stronger regulation of the cooperatives system.

The Korean Ambassador to Ghana Sung Soo Kim who was also at the event mentioned that according to the 2014 Ghana Living Standards Survey, the three regions of the North are the most impoverished amongst the ten regions in Ghana. He expressed optimism that the Capacity Development Project, which seeks to strengthen FBC’s in Northern Ghana, has the ability to improve the livelihood of the people, considering the significant role cooperative mobilization played in the Korean development trajectory. He therefore called on all stakeholders to support the project to ensure its sustainability.

Equally present at the ceremony were the Vice President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) SungHo Choi, the Country Director of KOICA Yukyum Kim, the Northern Regional Minister Honourable Salifu Saeed, the Upper East Regional Minister Honourable Rockson Ayine Bukari, MCEs, DCEs and cooperatives from the beneficiary Regions.

The project will be implemented in the Northern Region, Upper East and Upper West Regions and expanded to the rest of the country by the year 2020.

UDS Holds 18th Congregation

In pursuance of its mandate to “blend academic work with that of the community for the Socio-economic development of Ghana”, the University for Development Studies (UDS) has churned out a total of Five Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty-five (5,565) graduands for the 2016/2017 Academic year. They comprised diploma, undergraduate and graduate students who have successfully completed various programmes of study in the University.

This was disclosed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof.Gabriel Ayum Teye in a speech delivered to commemorate the 18th Congregation in Wa and Tamale respectively.
The Vice-Chancellor decried the low admission rate for the 2017/2018 academic year which could be partly attributed to the desire of almost all science students to pursue medicine or nursing to the detriment of other programmes, which they considered to be less attractive.

He hinted that the silver jubilee celebration of the University had been launched at this year’s Matriculation ceremonies under the theme “UDS @25: Impact on National Development through Practical Higher Education.” “The University continues to ensure that all its programmes are duly approved and accredited even as it make efforts to grow and also to introduce new programmes to meet the development needs of our country,” Prof. Teye added.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Governing Council, Mr. Nutifafa Kuenyehia paid tribute to the founding fathers of UDS who conceived and actualized the birth of the University twenty-five (25) years ago.

He assured that the new Governing Council will continue to pursue the mandate of the University so that it remains resilient even in the toughest circumstances like the baobab tree.

Mr. Kuenyehia also ceased the opportunity to appeal to the Government to support the University to complete on-going projects in order to address the infrastructural deficit.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by the Vice President, H. E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the President of the Republic and Commander-in-chief of the Ghana Armed forces, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, recognized the contribution of teaching and non-teaching staff for the various roles they played in delivering quality higher education for the past 25years.

He expressed the hope that in view of the unique training they have received, the graduands will help offer innovative and creative solutions to the several challenges facing the developmental efforts of the country.

Source: University Relations


IIRACS Organizes Harmattan School

The Institute of Inter-Disciplinary Research and Consultancy Services (IIRACS) has organized the 12th edition of the Harmattan School under the theme “Depoliticizing Education for National Development” the Role of Academia, Civil Society Organizations and Development Partners”.

The 2-day event which took place from 7th – 8th February ,2018 at the UDS International Conference Center drew participants from the public sector , civil society, academia and the development world.

Welcoming participants to the event, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. G.A. Teye opined that the Harmattan School had proved to be not only a platform for academic peer review, but most importantly an avenue for the discovery of practical solutions to address the developmental challenges of northern Ghana in particular, and Ghana as a whole.

He bemoaned the politicization of issues of national importance, including education which situation in his opinion had even led to the misallocation of scarce resources. In a key note address delivered on his behalf, the Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Commended the University for Development Studies for introducing and sustaining the concept of the Harmattan School, and noted that the outcome of the School’s deliberations must have either directly or indirectly influenced government policies for the development of northern Ghana in particular and Ghana as a whole.

For his part Dr. E.S Mahama, Director of IIRACS stated that the Harmattan School was established to provide the required academic and non-academic platform upon which the University community and the general public could brainstorm on the way forward in specific aspects of the nation’s development.

The opening session was chaired by Prof. Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Director of UDS International. Also present were the Registrar of UDS, Dr. A. B. T Zakariah, Deans and Directors of Schools, Faculties and Centers, as well as senior members and senior staff of UDS.

SOURCE: University Relations

Prof. Teye Joins UESTC Strategic/Academic Committee

Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye, Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies has been appointed to serve as a Council Member of the Strategic / Academic Committee, Centre for West African Studies, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC).

The appointment which is for a term of Five (5) years takes effect from November, 2017.

The UESTC, which is one of the Strategic partners of the University for Development Studies, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the latter in 2011, to among other things, explore ways of advancing research and learning innovations between the two institutions.

In the light of this, a good number of staff and students of the UDS have either undertaken or are still pursuing postgraduate studies at UESTC.

Source: University Relations