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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His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa, a former President of the United Republic of Tanzania has joined the league of former African Presidents honored with doctorate degrees by the University for Development Studies. The honor was bestowed on the former leader at a special congregation held at the Tamale Campus of UDS on Friday, April 28, 2017.

A citation accompanying the award describe H.E. Mkapa as a great leader, an outstanding journalist, a determined fighter against corruption, an avowed promoter of Economic Development and a distinguished diplomat.

The ceremony was preceded by a three-day public lecture on African Leadership which was delivered by the former Tanzanian president.

Source: University Relations

 
 

The President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi has inaugurated a 16- Member  Local Organizing Committee charged with the  responsibility of planning and executing events and activities in respect of the  Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) games to be held in January 2018. This was at a well attended Ceremony held at the University for Development Studies’ International Conference Centre in Tamale, on Tuesday, 18th April, 2017.

Inaugurating the Committee, Mr. Nyantakyi lauded the initiative by the University of Ghana to introduce Sports related programmes and urged UDS to do same. He expressed his joy at the invitation extended to him by the University Management to inaugurate the Committee and pledged his unflinching support for university sports in general, and development of sports in UDS in particular.

The celebrated football administrator entreated UDS to seize the opportunity as host of the games to garner more trophies and eventually emerge as the overall winner of the competition.

For his part, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of UDS and Chairman of the LOC, Prof. Seidu Al-Hassan observed that education and sports were inseparable and that the latter had proved to be a very effective tool for developing, uniting, and inspiring people. He expressed satisfaction with Management’s efforts towards developing sports in UDS, noting that the establishment of a sports directorate and the subsequent appointment of a Director of sports demonstrated commitment on the part of Management. The full complement of the membership of the Committee is as below:

 

Prof. Seidu Al-hassan Chairman
Dr. A. B. T. Zakariah Member 
Mr. Mohammed Hardi Shaibu Member 
Ing. Samuel Abiko Member 
Mr. John Azure Member 
Prof. Juventus Ziem Member 
Prof. Israel Dzomeku Member 
Dr. Sylvester Z. Galaa Member 
Mr. Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko Member 
Mr. Saaka Shaibu Member 
Mr. Alhassan Baako Member 
Mr. Ayuba Ibrahim Member 
Mr. Jackson Awuni Abani Member 
Mr. Michael Akanzaawie Member 
SRC President  Member 
SRC Sports Chairperson Member 

 
 

Source: University Relations

The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has donated a brand new Nissan patrol and office equipment to the Kazuhiko Takeuchi Centre for Sustainability and Resilience to boost the operations of the centre.

A former United Nations Under Secretary General and Director of Integrated Research Systems for Sustainability Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi made the presentation with the assistance of Ms. Sayuri Shimotani, a Representative of JICA. This was at a brief Ceremony held at the Central Administration, UDS Tamale campus on Monday, March 20, 2017.

The Director of UDS International Prof. Gordana Kranjac- Berisalvjevic gave a background to the relationship between JICA and UDS, which according to her has produced very tangible outcomes including the piloting of a project in Ghana on sustainability and building resilience to climate change which was undertaken by the Centre and some research partners.

For his part, Prof. Seidu Al-Hassan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of UDS was extremely grateful to Prof. Takeuchi and the JICA Team for their kind gesture. He noted that climate change which was the focus of the project was a very important developmental issue and commended the research Team for impacting positively on the lives of northern  communities where the piloting took place by empowering and equipping them with skills to fight natural disasters. Prof Alhassan assured the Team that the resources would be put to efficient use with the view to impacting positively on teaching and research. 

The Ceremony was witnessed by the Registrar of UDS, Dr. A.B.T Zakariah, the Director of Finance Alhaji Mohammed Hardi Shaibu, the Director of Internal Audit Mr. John Azure and the Director of Works and Physical Development, Ing.  Samuel Abiko. 

Also present were the Director of the Kazuhiko Takeuchi Centre for Sustainability and Resilience, Dr. Richard Yeboah, and his deputy, Dr. Gofred Seidu, the Director of the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme, Dr. Francis Obeng, the Head of University Relations Ms. Sauda Belko-Sulemanah and Mr. Rashid Yakubu, Assistant Registrar, Office of the Vice-Chancellor.

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SOURCE: University Relations

No Helmet No Entry.

The Management of the University for Development studies (UDS) has begun operations to crack down on riding without a helmet within its Tamale Campus from February 24, 2017.  

The ‘No Helmet No Entry’ policy was instituted to ensure the safety of particularly students as well as staff and visitors who ride to and within UDS Campuses. This is as a result of an increased spate of motorcycle related accidents recorded both within and without the campuses involving students some of which have been fatal due the victims not wearing helmets. 

It is against this backdrop that Management of the University instituted the policy which the Vice-Chancellor mentioned while delivering his speech during the University’s Matriculation Ceremony in 2016. 

Check points have since been constructed and security personnel deployed to man all three entries into the campus. Plans are underway to replicate enforcement in all UDS Campuses within Tamale, Nyankpala, Wa and Navrongo. 

 

   

As part of celebrations to mark their 100 years of existence in Ghana, the Tamale Branch Manager of Barclays Bank, accompanied by other Officials of the Bank, paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye.

They presented two boxes of branded cakes to mark the historic milestone and assured the Vice-Chancellor of a continued commitment to partner UDS in the furtherance of higher learning particularly in Northern Ghana. 

Present at the brief ceremony were the Registrar of UDS, Dr. A.B.T. Zakariah and staff of the University Relations Section of UDS.

 

 

Source: University Relations.

Participants at the just ended 11th Harmattan School have heavily criticized the practice where some individuals and groups are excluded from the governance process, and called on government and other key players to take urgent steps to close the inclusion gaps in our governance processes. The event which marked the 11th anniversary of the inception of the School brought together people from academia, civil society and development partners to discuss pertinent issues under the theme “Strengthening Multi-Party Democracy and Promoting Inclusive Governance for National Development: a Shared Responsibility.”

In a Speech, Prof. G. A. Teye, Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies observed that the successful conduct of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections and the subsequent inauguration of a new president was another milestone which proved to the rest of Africa and the world that Ghana’s democracy had come of age. He expressed the hope that the recommendations of the School, especially those that addressed the issue of exclusiveness in governance, would be accorded due attention by key players, especially government. 

Delivering the Keynote address, Prof. E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) expressed the view that notwithstanding the progress made in practicing democracy since 1993, gaps still existed in the area of inclusive governance, since political and socio-economic benefits had not been equally distributed. According to him, women, people living with disabilities and rural dwellers suffered exclusion in terms of representation and the enjoyment of economic and social benefits arising from development.

 Prof. Gyimah-Boadi prescribed such measures as constitutional reforms, expansion in the size of the national cake and denunciation of corruption and attitudes that condone the practice to effectively close the gaps that exist in inclusive governance.

For his part, Dr. E. S. Mahama, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research and Consultancy Services, (the Organisers of the forum) paid glowing tribute to individuals and organisations who in diverse ways have contributed towards achieving the goals of the Harmattan School. Special mention was made of Prof. David Millar, a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UDS who was described as “the brain behind the Harmattan School” whose instrumentality and unflinching support had sustained the School over the years. Ms. Justina Anglaaere and Prof. Gordana Kranjac-Berisalvjevic chaired the opening and closing sessions respectively.

Source: University Relations

The Ghana model for enhancing resilience to climate and ecosystem changes in Semi-arid Africa has been outdoored. This was done at a workshop organized by the Kazuhiko Takeuchi Center for Sustainability and Resilience (KTCSR) of the University for Development Studies and held on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The workshop was organized as part of the climate and ecosystem  change adaptation research in Semi-arid Africa (CECAR- AFRICA) project-  a five year international collaboration project for climate and ecosystem  change adaptation and resilience research involving three thematic areas; forecast of climate and ecosystem change impact on agro- diversity, risk assessment of extreme weather hazards and development of adaptative resource management method, and implementing capacity development  programmes for local residents and professionals.

Delivering his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye noted that Japan had made giant strides as a development partner in many aspects of Ghana’s development agenda especially in the areas of agriculture and rural development, education, health, infrastructure and most recently, research on building resilience in Africa through JICA. He added that “I am aware of the various capacity building of our staff which is impacting on their teaching and research output, the building of the capacity of the communities to improve their resilience and sustainability in climate related negative effects, equipment installed at weather stations geared towards early warning and the development of the Ghana model which is expected to be upscaled to other African countries.” 

For his part a former Under- Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science of the University of Tokyo, Prof Kazuhiko Takeuchi was grateful to the Japanese Ambassador and UDS management for their unwavering support and expressed optimism that the collaboration with Ghanaian institutions would further be deepened especially for purposes of research for the benefit of the two countries and the world at large.

The training sessions were facilitated by Dr. Osamu Saito, Dr. Godfred Seidu Jasaw and Dr. Yaw Agyeman Boafo.  Others include Dr. Richard Yeboah and Ing. Dr. Shaibu Abdul- Ganiyu. Also present were Prof. Gordana Kranjac- Berisalvjevic, Director of UDS International and Dr. Francis Obeng, Director of the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme.

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Source: University Relations.

 

Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments and Lecturers drawn from various Faculties and Schools converged at the UDS International Conference Center on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for a two-day training of trainers’ workshop on course material development in open and distance learning. The training session was organized by the UDS Center for Distance and Continuing Education in collaboration with the University Of Cape Coast College Of Distance Education. Participants were schooled on course development strategies, instructional design in open and distance learning and self-assessment exercises as well as tutor marked assignments.

The Coordinator of the UDS Center for Distance and Continuing Education Dr. Ebenezer Owusu Sekyere, while expressing his appreciation to the Facilitators and UDS management urged participants to work assiduously towards the realization of the cardinal goals of the training programme. 

The Pro Vice-Chancellor and Representative of the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Seidu Al-Hassan observed that distance education was a practical medium of getting education closer to the people and an effective tool for executing the mandate of the university as contained in the UDS strategic plan. The workshop was facilitated by Prof. Isaac Galyvon, Provost of the University Of Cape Coast College Of Distance Education, Prof. Dela Ahiahogah, Head of Academic Programmes, and Prof. J.N. Buah, Head of Department of Science and Mathematics.

Source: University Relations Section

The Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Kaoru Yoshimura has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. Gabriel Teye. The meeting, which was held in the office of the Vice-Chancellor on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, preceded the ‘Social Implementation and Upscaling of Ghana Model in Semi-Arid Africa’ Workshop which was scheduled to take place at the UDS International Conference Centre later the same day under the auspices of the Kazuhiko Takeuchi Centre for Sustainability and Resilience (KTCSR). 

His Excellency Yoshimura noted during the meeting that, meeting with the Vice-Chancellor as well as the other activities outlined for the day in connection with enhancing resilience to climate and ecosystem changes in semi-arid Africa, marked a very significant stage in the UDS-Japanese Government collaboration. He added that, he has been part of the project as soon as he took office two and a half years ago hence his excitement to be part of the day’s programme to mark the end of a five year research yielding in an adoption of a Ghana model for enhancing resilience. 

The Ambassador was accompanied by Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Executive Director, Integrated Research Systems for Sustainability Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan, Sayuri Shimotani, Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Ghana, and other members of the Japanese team.  

According to Prof. Teye, “It is a huge opportunity and a great achievement for UDS to be associated with the enhancing resilience to climate and ecosystem changes Project”. He added that, Projects such as these as well as the very enviable UDS TTFPP are what give graduates of UDS a competitive edge in the job market over their colleagues from the other universities in Ghana. He was optimistic that, this would not be the last of such collaborations between UDS and Japan. 

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The Department of Climate Change and Food Security, of the Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences, Nyankpala Campus, UDS, in partnership with the USAID’s Africa Lead II Project, has held a workshop to train Stakeholders for an Africa-Led agricultural transformation in Ghana and West Africa. Participants who were drawn from Academia, Non-Governmental organizations and research institutions were equipped with leadership skills to champion the cause of increased innovation in agriculture, greater agricultural productivity and greater food security. Additionally, participants as part of a larger network and within their organizations would in turn create the critical mass required to transform key policies and practices thus breaking the cycle of weak investment, low input, low output, and poor food security status for many Africans.

In a speech, Mrs. Cecilia Addae, the Training and Non-state Actors Manager of Africa Lead, noted that the Africa Lead was the USAID’S primary capacity building programme in Sub- Saharan Africa that works to help realize feed the future (FTF) goals of reduced hunger and poverty and support CAADP/ Malabo goals by building the capacity of Africa agriculture professionals, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead and manage the structures needed for agriculture transformation.

For his part, the Guest of Honour and Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Prof. G.A. Teye called for a cultural revolution against the backdrop of over–reliance on imports which threatened agricultural production and food security. Other speakers included the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Seidu Al-hassan, the Director of the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme, Dr. Francis Obeng, the Head of the Department of Climate Change and Food Security Dr. Joseph Amikuzunu and the Team Leader Dr. Raymond Kasei.

Also present were Mr. Henry Crentsil Jnr., Dr. Yaw Osei Asare and Mr. Henry Jackson Nsiah, all of whom took turns to facilitate the training sessions.

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye has on behalf of UDS, received equipment worth 4,855 Euros from the German International Cooperation (GIZ). The brief ceremony was held at the forecourt of the UDS Central Administration, Tamale on January 17, 2017.

The equipment which included a biological microscope, a laptop, an LCD projector and an HP LaserJet printer, were presented by Mr. David Tette of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) to support Dr. Charles Adarkwa, a returning expert who studied in Germany and has returned to lecture at UDS.

The initiative is meant to support returning experts who have studied in Germany and have returned to build capacity. “Returning experts from Germany can apply for equipment to enable them impart the knowledge they have acquired from Germany” Mr. Tette explained.  

To grace the ceremony were the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. George Nyarko and some Senior Members of the same faculty. 

An Electronic Library facility has been commissioned at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) for use by medical students of the University for Development Studies.

Cutting the tape to inaugurate the facility, the Vice- Chancellor of UDS, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye lamented the inadequate provision of facilities on the various campuses, and expressed Management’s appreciation to the University of Maastricht and the Netherlands Niche project for providing funding support in aid of the E- learning Center.

He admonished students to take good care of the computers and maximize the use of the center to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and research.

The Ceremony was also graced by the Deans of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Allied Health Sciences as well as Heads of Departments and a cross- section of students from the two Schools.

Source: University Relations Section

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A newly established Senegalese University, the University of Sine Saloum El-Hadji Ibrahima Nias (USSEIN) set to kick start operations in the 2018 academic year would adopt the UDS model of a multi- campus system, its pedagogy, especially the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP) as well as administrative and financial systems for purposes of institutional governance.

This was disclosed by Prof. Samba Ndao Sylla, Pro-Vice – Chancellor of USSEIN in a meeting with UDS Management. According to him USSEIN which is the brain child of the current President of the Republic of Senegal has a mandate similar to that of the UDS, it was thus imperative to learn from the experience of the latter especially with respect to the Third Trimester Field Practical Training Programme which has won the UDS international recognition and acclaim. 

The Senegalese Team was hosted by the Vice- Chancellor of UDS, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye. Also present at the meeting were the Registrar, Dr. A.B.T Zakariah, the Finance Officer, Mr. Mohammed Hardi Shaibu, the Librarian Mr. E.S. Thompson, the Internal Auditor Mr. J.A. Azure and the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. George Nyarko.  

Source: University Relations Section

The University for Development Studies has officially been admitted into the exceed - Swindon Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Network as an Associate Member.

The project which is part of the DAAD exceed programme started in January 2015 with 29 member institutions in developing and emerging countries. It conducts research and undertakes academic co-operation projects with institutions from Latin America, Mena Region, Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia, placing emphasis on sustainable and transferable solutions for each region’s predominant water-related issues. Funding support for the project is provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic co-operation and Development. Dr. Elliot Haruna Alhassan, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment is the University’s Representative on the network.

Source: University Relations Section

The Faculty of Agriculture, University for Development Studies, Nyankpala, in collaboration with the IWAD supported Wienco Chair and the Wageningen University and Research organized a one-day Scientific Seminar for the general public on Friday November 04, 2016 at the Library Complex of the UDS Nyankpala Campus. The forum updated stakeholders on some of the research findings on Agriculture and Water Management.

The International Water Management and Agricultural Development (IWAD) Ghana Ltd. is working on numerous challenging issues in the area of Water Management and Agricultural Development across Northern Ghana, through collaborations with a number of Institutions and organizations to carve out research needs in line with these known challenges.

Against this background, IWAD is funding the Wienco Chair that supports collaboration between the University for Development Studies (UDS) Faculty of Agriculture and the Wageningen University and Research to fund and support a number of multidisciplinary research projects. 

The Wienco Chair is filled by Kees vant Klooster from the Wageningen University and Research while Prof. George Nyarko, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture is the representative of the UDS.

This seminar was therefore necessitated against the backdrop of sharing the research findings and project progress results to a larger academic and public audience as part of disseminating the project outcomes. In all, eight (8) senior researchers presented outcomes of their IWAD supported research projects covering areas of water quality, crop, tree and animal agriculture challenges.

The Presenters at Seminar included Prof. Albert Quainoo: Determination of biochemical composition of shea latex; Prof. Israel K. Dzomeku: Mitigating climate change effect on productivity of maize; Ing. Dr. Felix Abagale: Water quality and stock assessment of major fish species in Sisili-Kulpawn River Confluence; Fulera Tahiru: Farming Strategies and farming Systems in Northern Region’ (Progress report on Ph.D. study); Dr. Elias Sowley: Evaluation of plant extracts for the management of Cercospora leaf spot of groundnut; Dr. Terry Ansah: Evaluation of the seasonal variation in the nutritive value of crop residues and natural pasture in Yagaba; Dr. Benjamin Badii Kongyeli: Ecological aspects of the African invasive fruit fly (DREW) in Northern Ghana: implications for management and Bizoola Gandaa: ‘Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Irrigation Systems’ in the white Volta river. (Progress report on Ph.D. study). 

 

 

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Prof. G.A Teye, Vice – Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has addressed a durbar of Senior and Junior staff of the University across all campuses. The event which was organized by the UDS Branch of the Federation of University Senior Staff Associations of Ghana (FUSSAG) in collaboration with the UDS Branch of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) took place from Tuesday September 6th–Friday September 9th, 2016.

In his declaration of purpose, the Chairman of FUSSAG UDS Branch, Bro. Abdul- Majeed Yussif intimated that the Durbar was to provide a forum for senior and junior staff to engage meaningfully with Management on matters of mutual concern and to enhance industrial peace and harmony. He called for the institutionalization of the staff durbar and expressed the hope that Management would address the grievances expressed by members of the two Unions. For his part, the Vice- Chancellor Prof. G.A.Teye tasked senior and junior staff to demonstrate a deep sense of commitment to duty and eschew anti-productive attitudes such as lateness to work and absenteeism. He assured that a Committee would be put in place to address the concerns raised at the durbar.

The Representative of the Registrar and Deputy Registrar, Council Secretariat, Mr. George Debrie, the Finance Officer,Mr.Mohammed Hardi Shaibu and Deans of Schools and Faculties took turns to address queries and admonish participants.

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The School of Engineering of the University for Development Studies has admitted the first batch of students since its inception in 2015.

This was disclosed by the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. G. A Teye in a speech read at the 24th matriculation ceremony held across all campuses to formally admit fresh men and women into the University for the 2016/ 2017 Academic year. In all, 3,136 students out of a total of 6,897 qualified applicants who were offered admission, were matriculated.

Prof. Teye further disclosed that a change in duration of the medical programme from seven (7) years to six (6) years led to a reduction in the number of students admitted for the 2016/17 academic year.

The newly admitted students were admonished to comply with rules and regulations governing junior members and desist from anti- social behaviour such as practicing occultism on the various campuses.

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

 

Source: University Relations Section

Final year students of the Department of Midwifery, School of Allied Health Sciences re-enacted the motto of the University “ Knowledge for Service” when they paid a visit to the Savelugu School for the Deaf to show love and compassion to this marginalized group of people in society.

Led by their class Representative, Ms. Bernice Y. Ofosu Ntiamoah, the students donated assorted items- rice, oil, eggs and Omo to the pupils. Ms. Ntiamoah expressed disquiet at society’s neglect of such category of persons and assured that in spite of their busy schedules, her class would from time to time visit the school to show their love and solidarise with the pupils.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Pupils and Management, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Getrude Dasah was grateful for the kind gesture, and expressed the hope that the relationship between the group and the Savelugu School for the Deaf will blossom. She urged other groups to emulate the example of the UDS final year Midwifery Students, noting that their kind gesture had put smiles on the faces of the pupils.

Source: University Relations Section

 

The University Library’s stock of literature received a further boost when Dr. Akanganngang J. Asitik, a Lecturer with the Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship Development, Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, Wa campus, donated 396 assorted books and journals to the University. This was at a brief Ceremony held at the Nyankpala campus of the University for Development Studies, on Tuesday 13th September, 2016.

The books and journals which were shipped from Preston, London to Tamale, Ghana were collected by Dr. Asitik during his stay in the United Kingdom for further studies. He expressed the hope that other staff would explore avenues to acquire new and/or slightly used titles which were relevant to the needs of the University.

For his part, the Ag. University Librarian, Mr. E.S Thompson expressed his appreciation on behalf of Management for the kind gesture and was confident the donation will boost the Library’s collection development efforts.

Source: University Relations Section

A group of students from University for Development Studies, Tamale, challenged other teams from around the globe in the recent Google Online Marketing Challenge 2016 Edition, emerging Semi-Finalists in the AdWords Business category. With 2,135 teams successfully completing the AdWords campaign globally, out of which 92 teams are from Middle East & Africa and 8 teams from Ghana, Blue Team from UDS ranked 2nd in Ghana and 13th in the Middle East & Africa Regional level. Considering the competition this year, Google describes the team’s performance as outstanding and worth the recognition.

From left to right; Francis Dittoh (Web Master, UDS), Gilbert K. Bosomtwe, 5th Year (School of Medicine), Priscilla Sasu, 3rd Year (School of Allied Health Sciences), Silas Kotoku, 4th Year (School of Allied Health Sciences), and Mohammad Ali Katu, 2nd Year (School of Allied Health Sciences)

The team was made up of Gilbert K. Bosomtwe, a fifth year student of the School of Medicine, Silas Kotoku (year 4), Priscilla Sasu (year 3) and Mohammad Ali Katu (year 2), all Medical Laboratory Science students of the School of Allied Health Sciences. The team competed under Mr. Francis Dittoh, an ICT lecturer and Web Master of the University as the GOMC Professor. Also mentoring the team was Professor Theresa B. Clarke, a professor of Marketing at James Madison University, US.

The team worked with Fashion Ghana, an Accra based Fashion Company that hosts a daily updated fashion blog, an online African wear boutique and local fashion events across the country.

The Google Online Marketing Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to experience and create online marketing campaigns using Google AdWords and Google+. Over 100,000 students and professors from almost 100 countries have participated in the past 9 years. With a $250 AdWords advertising budget provided by Google, students develop and run an online advertising campaign for a business or non-profit organization over a three-week period. The teams that develop and communicate the most successful campaigns win awesome prizes, including trips to Google offices. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the optional Google+ Social Media Marketing category by creating and managing a Google+ Page for their clients over a five-week period.

"We’re really excited to have reached the semi-finals level of competition evaluation. With no prior background or knowledge in AdWords or Marketing, even more so Online Marketing, this is an exciting outcome for what we could do. We’re thankful to God for the opportunity and really looking forward to participating in the next edition of the GOMC.” ~ Gilbert, Team Lead.

The Kazuhiko Takeuchi Centre for Sustainability and Resilience (KTCSR) has been commissioned at the main Campus Library, University for Development Studies by Professor Kazuhiko Takeuchi under the theme “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa”.

Chairing the Commissioning ceremony, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at UDS, Professor George Nyarko, recalled all other joint projects with JICA and stressed on the relevance and appropriateness of this particular collaboration.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye welcomed the team from Japan particularly Professor Takeuchi who is the Project Leader and also the Executive Director of Integrated Research Systems for Sustainability Science (IR3S) at the University of Tokyo. The Vice-Chancellor emphasized that UDS was very proud of this project since Japan had proven to be a very dependable partner of Ghana when it came to our development goals and have made tremendous strides through its development agencies in the areas of Agriculture, Health, infrastructure and research on building resilience in Africa. Prof.  Teye added that UDS owed it to it nuclear and wider community to partner JICA towards the achievements of the objectives of CECAR-Africa project.

Dr. Godfred Seidu Jasaw, First Sustainability Scientist from UDS to be trained in Japan gave a synopsis of how this project came into being. He spoke highly of the project and commended Prof. Tekeuchi for his great sense of commitment.

The Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa is an Integrated Approach (CEDAR-Africa) project between University for Development Studies and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 

The project developed a ‘Ghana Model’ which is operationalized as an integrated resilience enhancement strategy against climate and ecosystem changes based on the assessments from ecological, engineering and socio-economic dimensions in vulnerable semi-Arid Africa.

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Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye, Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies has added his voice to the call for peace before, during and after the presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on December 7, 2016.

“As responsible citizens of Ghana, we must all be guided in our actions and utterances as we draw closer to election 2016.  The youth in particular must resist the temptation to be used by politicians for negative actions since they are the future of the Country’s development agenda” Prof. Teye observed.

He made the call at a Ceremony held at the Tamale Campus of UDS where Three Hundred and Twenty Four (324) students, offered admission to pursue various under graduate and graduate sandwich programmes, sworn the matriculation oath.

Also present at the Ceremony were the Registrar, Dr. A.B.T Zakariah, Dean of the Graduate School, Prof. Herbert Dei, Dean of The Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. George Nyarko and the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof. Agnes Apusigah.

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Source: University Relations Section

Senior members (both academic and administrative) converged at various venues across all campuses of the University to take stock of happenings within the University in recent times.

The annual event (Convocation) which was addressed by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye witnessed a massive turn-out at all centers.

In his address, the VC observed that UDS had chalked some milestones during the period under review, noting in particular the successful planning and subsequent hosting of the Africa Leadership Lectures which was addressed by H.E. Hikifipunye Pohamba, former President of Namibia, and the setting up of a strategic planning committee to redefine the strategic direction of the University.

Also present at the meetings were the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Seidu-Alhassan, the Registrar, Dr. A.B.T Zakariah and the Finance Officer, Mr. Mohammed Shaib-Hardi

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His Excellency Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba, former President of the Republic of Namibia has been honoured by the University for Development Studies, in recognition of his outstanding leadership credentials. This was at a well-attended Special congregation held in Tamale on Friday 29th April, 2016 which also witnessed the graduation of one hundred and twenty six postgraduate students of the university.
The citation accompanying the conferment of the honorary doctorate degree described H. E. Dr. Pohamba as an outstanding leader, Determined and Courageous fighter for freedom and the rule of law, avowed promoter of Social Equity and Economic Development and a Distinguished Achiever.
His Excellency Dr. Pohamba, before ascending to the highest office of President of the Republic of Namibia in 2005, was a founding member of the South West Africa Peoples’ Organisation (SWAPO) in 1960. He also served as the first Minister of Home Affairs in 1995, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources between 1996 and 1998, a Minister without porto folio in the office of the President, as well also as the Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation from 2001 to 2005. Dr. Pohamba was the recipient of many prestigious awards including the most Ancient order of the welwitcha Mirabilis, which is Namibia’s highest honour and the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
In his address, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. G. A. Teye iterated that the University’s flag ship programme on leadership, the Africa Leadership Lectures, provided an appropriate platform for key Actors in governance and development to contribute to discussions towards reshaping the history of Ghana and the African continent.  He entreated other partners in development to find the space and time to further the discussions and put them on the wider public agenda.
A three-day Public lecture on African Leadership under the theme ‘Genesis and Trajectory of Contemporary Africa Leadership preceded the special congregation. The Guest Speaker was H. E. Lucas Pohamba. Present at the ceremony were the Northern Regional Minister who represented the President of the Republic of Ghana, and the Chairmen of the UDS governing council.

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The Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof Gabriel Ayum Teye, assisted by the Representative of the Chairman of Board of Directors of the National Investment Bank (NIB) and its Managing Director, Mr. Ernest Mawuli Agbesi cut the tape to officially open the UDS branch of the Bank here in Dungu, at the Tamale Campus of UDS.

This was preceded by a brief Ceremony to commemorate the occasion.

In his welcome address Mr. Agbesi stated that the NIB as part of milestones outlined in a 3-year strategic plan had expanded its operations to many parts of the Country, noting that the newly established UDS branch was the Bank’s 41st and still counting.

He expressed satisfaction with his bank’s performance, which he said had exceeded the industry growth rate of 30% and assured that NIB remained focused on investing in the key areas of manufacturing, agribusiness and services.

Prof. Teye on his part, was upbeat that a relationship which started between the two institutions over a decade ago had blossomed and yielded dividends. He recalled the grant of a loan facility by NIB which enabled the University to set up the UDS Meat Factory in 2006. Other projects financed by the NIB included Staff Accommodation across all Campuses of UDS and the latest addition of a banking premise on the Tamale Campus. The Vice-Chancellor urged other banks and financial institutions to emulate NIB’s example.

Also present at the Ceremony were the Pro- Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Seidu –Alhassan, the Registrar Dr. A. B. T Zakariah, the Finance officer, Alhaji Mohamed Shaib-Hardi and Director of Works, Ing. Ambrose Tee.

Source: University Relations.

The Legacy Project of the 8th Pan African Conference led by Mr. Kwesi Pratt Jnr., donated books on Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to the University for Development Studies (UDS) during a brief ceremony which took place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Central Administration, UDS, Tamale.

The main mandate of the Legacy Project is to acquire and distribute books written by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon and Walter Rodney

Making the presentation, Mr. Pratt Jnr. Noted that the aim of the Legacy Project was to provide an engagement platform for issues relating to Africa through the dissemination of books and works of Leading Pan Africanists such as Ghana’s own Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Most of the books donated were titles authored by Dr. Nkrumah himself. Mr. Pratt revealed that other beneficiaries of similar donations include the Balme Library, Legon, the Bolgatanga Library, the Cape Coast University Library and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). 

The Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. G. A. Teye, thanked the Legacy Project for the kind gesture and made a plea that special consideration be given UDS so that more books could be added due to the multi Campus nature of UDS. He reiterated the relevance of the availability of such books in the libraries of Ghana’s Educational Institutions. 

Accra, Feb. 26, GNA - Ghana’s Climate Smart Integrated Flood Management project has won the Global Innovation Competition (GIC) award aimed at creating a platform for innovations and inspirational ideas that address governance, inclusion and accountability.

The project, which will combine simple forecasting and early warning systems for citizens with longer-term data gathering around flood prone areas to support city planners, won a cash award of 138,800 pounds out of the 600,000 cash award for the nine winners.

It was jointly put up by Dr Delali Dovie, Lecturer, Regional Institute of Population Studies, University of Ghana, Legon and Dr Raymond A. Kasei, Department of Climate Change and Food Security, University for Development Studies, Tamale Campus.

In all, nine competitors including Kenya, the Philippines, Indonesia, Uganda, and Mozambique were awarded.

It was organised by the GIC in collaboration with Making Voices Count (MAVC), a Grand Challenge for Development and the United States Agency for International Development.

Announcing the nine finalists at a GIC 2016 Gala Night in Accra, Dr Fletcher Tembo, Programme Director, MAVC, said this year’s competition received about 400 entering and after a careful screening, 15 finalists were chosen.

He said the selection process started last year September online and each country put up a website for people to put their ideas and innovations for public voting to select which proposal they deemed fit.

Dr Tembo said the remaining six candidates still had a chance to be chosen for future competitions and urged them to continue dreaming their ideas and innovations.

Mr Declan Ottaro, Innovation Coordinator for MAVC, said they were currently dealing with 12 countries and expressed the hope to scale up the number in future.

He said the competition was to give opportunity to innovators who had passion for their ideas but did not have a bigger platform to implement them.

He said 170,000 pounds was the cash prize for those who won the competition and that was increased to 300, 000 pounds in the second year, and now 600,000 pounds and congratulated the winners for their vision and creativity.

Dr Edward Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communication, stressed the role information and communication technology played in national development and urged both awardees and those who did not receive any award to work hard to implement their various projects.

He, therefore, congratulated the organisers for their vision and focus.

Dr Delali Dovie and Dr Raymond A. Kasei, on their part, thanked the organisers for giving them the platform to be part of the competition.

The project consists of putting monitoring and innovative feedback systems, and analyzing information from various communities and disseminating them to the people using both traditional and early warning system technologies.

It will provide an information and create co-ordinated flood response plans for Accra, especially around Avenor and Odawna areas to reduce impact of what the country witnessed last year; the June 3 disaster.

The project indicated that there were lots of research work gathering dust in the various universities and “this is the time for research institutions to partner with governments and the private sector to put their findings into fruition for the betterment of the citizenry”.

Source: GNA Story (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/science/ghana-wins-global-innovation-competition-award-100922) 

Published: 2016-02-26 15:11:17

Academics Policy Makers, Development Actors, University Administrators and a cross-section of the general public converged on the Tamale Campus of the University for Development Studies for the tenth edition of the Harmattan School from 10-11 February 2016.

The annual event which was started in 2007 by the UDS under the auspices of the then Center for Continuing Education and Inter-Disciplinary Research, is a platform for key stakeholders to meet and deliberate on issues of National, Regional and Global interest.

Welcoming Participants, the Vice-Chancellor of the UDS, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye stated that, the Harmattan School had gained recognition as one of the important policy platforms for diverse stakeholders to contribute to national development.

He bemoaned the abandoning of viable projects costing several billions of tax payers’ money due to change of governments. Prof.Teye expressed the hope that the exchange of ideas at the forum and the subsequent communique’ to be issued would go a long way, in contributing to the realization of the NDPC’S dream of creating a National Development Plan. 

In a speech read on his behalf, the Northern Regional Minister commended UDS for living up to its mandate of community engagement in ensuring the development of Northern Ghana in particular and the Nation at large.

He informed participants that, the government had decided to continue and complete projects initiated by previous governments, and cited the Aboabo Market in Tamale which was started by the erstwhile Achampong government as an example.

For his part, the Director of the Institute of Inter-Disciplinary Research and Consultancy Services, Dr. E.S. Mahama hinted that, the Institute was undergoing restructuring hence the new name, which is evidence of its new focus towards the provision of consultancy services for other Institutions, Ministries, Agencies, Departments and the general public.

Speakers for this year’s event included Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey, the Director of IDEC, Prof. Cletus Dodonu, the CEO of CLEDOT Consult and Mr. Charles Abugri the CEO of SADA.

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The Academic Board, Governing Council, Management, Staff and Students of the University for Development Studies have commended Prof. Haruna Yakubu for putting up a sterling performance during his five year term as the third substantive Vice-chancellor of UDS.

This was at a well-attended send-off party held in honour of the former Vice –Chancellor on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

The citation read on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor among others described Prof. Haruna as an outstanding Administrator, renowned Physicist, experienced Team leader, passionate Advocate for quality Higher Education and a Personality of bold initiatives.

He was also praised for his unflinching commitment to the growth and development of UDS. To showcase the University and augment it’s national and international visibility, you boldly instituted the African Leadership lectures, a forum that inspires positive and innovative leadership initiatives and provides a platform for intellectual national and transnational discourse and action on productive leadership culture, to support continental development’’. The citation read.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. G .A Teye assured Prof. Haruna that he and his Team would continue the good works he started, especially the African Leadership lectures, which he noted had made UDS more visible both locally and internationally.

For his part, Dr. A. B. T Zakariah, Registrar of UDS extolled Prof. Haruna’s qualities, some of which included a great sense of vision, judgment and team work. He noted that, the former VC’s peoples’ skills and good sense of humor endeared him to all categories of staff and helped to avert potential conflict situations.

Other speakers included Alhaji Ibrahim Antwi, University Librarian, Prof. Herbert Deh, Dean of the Graduate School and Dr. Sylvester Z. Galaa, Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies.

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In recognition of her immense contribution to the development of the society particularly in her chosen career, the Governing Council of The Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (CIDA) has conferred on Dr. Vida Nyagre Yakong the Award of Professional Fellow (FCIDA).

Dr. Vida Nyagre Yakong is a lecturer and Head of Department of Midwifery and also a former student of the University.

As part of her social responsibility, her community service role and her strong belief in social equity and sustainable community development and her passion for the wellbeing of women and children, Dr. Yakong founded Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women), a non-profit organization aimed at bridging the gender gap in education, health and poverty and livelihood in rural Ghana. She also founded the KawonBogre Girl Child Education Foundation, named after her mother, to provide scholarships for needy girls and orphans to realize their educational and life potentials and as well bridge the gender gap in education.

She is currently the Director of both projects.

The University for Development Studies has graduated a total of Three Thousand and Forty Eight (3,048) undergraduate and diploma students and Two Hundred and Twelve (212) Post-graduate Students for the 2014/2015 academic year.

This was disclosed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye at a Ceremony held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 to mark the 16th Congregation of the University.

Prof. Teye noted that UDS was committed to the production of knowledge and exchange through scholarship and research which according to him was the surest way through which the University could make an impact on society, and stay relevant to the needs of the global community.

The Chairman of the governing council, Prof. Stephen B. Kendie   bemoaned the unemployment situation in the country and entreated the Graduands to combine the knowledge and skills they had acquired during their training with creativity in order to create jobs. “What the country needs now are graduates who are prepared to start, nurture and grow their own businesses,” he added.

In a speech read on his behalf, the President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. John Dramani Mahama was enthused with the pedagogy adopted by UDS to train students which according to him broke the jinx of the failure of the educated to live and work in rural Communities. He assured the University’s Management that government will continue to support the growth and development of UDS.

 

 Source: University Relations Section.

The University Library’s stock of Literature received a boost when the Family of the Late J. A. Braimah and the first Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. R. B. Bening, made a donation of Books, Audio Tapes and Manuscripts for the purposes of teaching, learning and research.

At the brief Ceremony held at the Central Administration, Tamale Campus, Prof. Bening indicated that he was following in the steps of former President J. J. Rawlings who donated his prize money of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) to the University for the purpose of acquiring books for the Library.

For their part, the Braimah Family were optimistic that the literary work of the Late J. A. Braimah would be of greater use to the University Community and the general public, especially History Students and Research fellows.

Receiving the donations, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye thanked the benefactors, noting that the donations had been made at a very opportuned time in view of the introduction of a Gonja – Dagomba programme at the PhD level by the Department of Socio – Political and Historical Studies, Faculty of integrated Development Studies.

Dr. A. B. T. Zakariah, Registrar of UDS, observed that for every University to conform to norms, 10% of its budget must be devoted to the Library. He was therefore enthused with the idea of the donation, and expressed gratitude on behalf of University Management and on his own behalf.

Also present at the Ceremony were the University Librarian Alhaji I. K. Antwi, Director of Works and Physical Development Ing. Ambrose Tee and Dr. Felix Longi of the Institute of Continuing Education and Inter-disciplinary Research (ICEIR).

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In pursuance of a dream to empower the disabled through skills training and financial assistance, a level 300 student of the School of Allied Health Sciences, Ms. Mabel Suglo has inevitably made history by becoming the first student from UDS and the third from Ghana to be shortlisted as a finalist of the Anzisha Prize Competition scheduled to take place in South Africa in November, 2015.

The prestigious Anzisha price seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. An amount of Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($75, 000) is to be shared among three (3) outstanding finalists in the competition. Anzisha is hosted by the African Leadership Academy and Powered by the MasterCard Foundation.

Ms. Suglo who co-founded Eco-shoes Social Enterprise to offer skills training and job opportunities to the disabled is one of Twelve(12) applicants out of a total of Five Hundred (500) to be shortlisted for the finals of the Anzisha Competition. She has partnered Jachai School for the Disabled in the Ashanti Region to train the physically challenged to produce shoes, using waste materials such as used lorry tyres.

The prospective Anzisha Price Winner intends to use her award to acquire new state-of-the-art equipment for her business, employ more disabled persons, build a warehouse, and construct an interactive website.

 

Credit: University Relations Section.

LogoThe University for Development Studies has moved up from 7th to 3rd place in ranking against Universities in Ghana within one year. The rise in rank comes after a series of updates and improvements to the various components that makeup the web presence of the University.

Web rankings for Universities are graded by Visibility (50%) and Activity (50%). Visibility (50%) has to do with the quality of the website's contents, counting all the external inlinks that the University webdomain receives from third parties. Those links recognize the institutional prestige, the academic performance, the value of the information, and the usefulness of the services as introduced in the webpages according to the criteria of millions of web editors from all over the world. Activity is broken down to three criteria; Presence, Openness and Excellence. Presence (16.67%) has to do with the number of relevant pages on our site, Openness (16.67%) is the impact of our institutional repository and finally Excellence (16.67%) is about the quality of publications from the University Community.

The efforts of the ICT Directorate in upgrading the University's web presence (website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube), the improved level of content from University Relations and student's academic/work performance has aided an increase in Visibility (which is the biggest contributor to the current rank) and has also increased Presence.

Efforts of the Library in the setup of the University’s Institutional Repository (UDSSpace) have resulted in an increase in Openness and the quality of publications from the University's Lecturers and Researchers has increased the ranking of Excellence.

Within Africa, The University of Ghana is currently ranked 20th, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is ranked 28th and the University for Development Studies is ranked 103rd, out of the 1441 Tertiary Institutions listed in Africa.

Needless to say, this improvement has resulted from a combined effort of the University Community; kudos to all!! The ICT Directorate and University Relations will continue to improve the web presence of our august University.

God bless UDS!! God bless Ghana!!

 

The University for Development Studies has been ranked 3rd best university in Ghana, after the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and 58th in Sub-Saharan Africa. This follows a conscious effort by University Authorities to place UDS on the international map as well as to compete favourably, with the traditional universities.

These revelations were made by the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Haruna Yakubu at a brief but well attended Ceremony which also witnessed the handover of office to the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye.

According to Prof. Yakubu, when he assumed office as Vice-Chancellor of the University five years ago, UDS was lowly ranked both locally and internationally and generally regarded as a ‘tribal University’. This necessitated the review of strategy and the introduction of measures and programmes such as the establishment of UDS International Directorate to create international linkages, as well as the institutionalisation of the Africa Leadership Lectures, which helped to enhance the image of the university. The former Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the University’s Management for their unflinching support and cooperation which culminated in the strides the university had chalked.

Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye, the incoming Vice-Chancellor stated that he was overwhelmed with congratulatory messages following his appointment, which in his opinion was a reminder of the hugetask ahead. He noted that his immediate predecessor had chalked enormous success over the period and urged other Principal Officers, Deans and Directors to team up with him to not only consolidate the gains made, but to break new grounds.

Other speakers including the Registrar, Dr. A.B.T Zakariah and some Deans and Directors took turns to express appreciation to the out gone Vice-Chancellor for creating an enabling environment for them to contribute their quota towards higher education delivery and to pledge their support to the in-coming Vice-Chancellor.

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The Governing Council of the University for Development Studies has appointed Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, as the new Vice-Chancellor. The appointment takes effect from October 1, 2015.

Professor Teye was appointed a lecturer in the Animal Science Department of the Faculty of Agriculture, University for Development Studies in 1996. He was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in 2006. In October 2011, he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor, and in July 2014, he was promoted to the rank of full Professor.

Professor Teye graduated with a BSc. (Hons.) Agriculture (Animal Science), from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, in 1991. In 1996, he obtained an MSc. (Meat Science) also from KNUST, and a PhD. (Meat Science and Technology) from the University of Bristol, UK in 2005. He also holds a Diploma in Modern Management and Administration, which he obtained in 2004 from Cambridge International College, UK.

Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Teye held several positions in the University for Development Studies. He was the Head of the Department of Animal Science from 2005 to 2008, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 2008 to 2012 and the Dean-in-Charge of the Nyankpala Campus from 2009 to 2013. He was elected and appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor from November 2012 to October 2014. He again contested and won the election for the position of Pro- Vice-Chancellor in November 2014, and he was still serving his second term in office as Pro-Vice- Chancellor, which was to end in November 2016, when the University Council appointed him as the new Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Teye also contested and won an election as Convocation representative (Professorial) on the University Council in September 2011 and served in this capacity from 2011 to 2012, when he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Teye has served as Chairman and member of several statutory and adhoc Committees and Boards in the University.

Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye has fifty-eight (58) academic research publications in refereed journals, twenty-eight (28) papers in referenced conference proceedings and referenced magazines, and thirty-eight (38) non-referenced conference proceedings. He has also published four (4) books.

Dr. A. B. T. Zakariah
(Registrar/Secretary, UDS Council)

Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of University for Development Studies (UDS), on Friday, 18 September 2015, delivered his Professorial Inaugural Lecture at the Chief Andani Andan Auditorium, UDS, Tamale.

Speaking on the topic “The Meat Industry in Ghana: A Potential for National Development”, Prof. Teye indicated that the Agricultural Sector has been a major contributor to the Ghanaian Economy; however, the livestock sector’s contribution to GDP is very low. He attributed this to poor development of the subsector adding that, with the establishment of viable meat processing industries in Ghana, the meat industry could be a pivot for national development through job creation.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Haruna Yakubu, lauded the Pro-Vice –Chancellor and described him as a disciplined academician with commendable expertise.  Prof. Yakubu described such a platform as providing opportunity for the University to make itself visible and was optimistic that this had come to stay as Academic Senior Members are focused on attaining the ultimate in their chosen profession.

To grace the occasion were Prof. Teye’s family and a cross section of guests.

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The Institute for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ICEIR) has hosted its Annual Interdisciplinary Conference (AIC) for 2015 on September 2nd and 3rd in Wa in the Upper West Region.

Chairing the conference which was themed “Governance, Science, Technology and National Development, Professor Herbert Dei, Dean of Graduate School, UDS, reminded participants of the University’s mandate and how the this ties in with good governance. He encouraged fellow researchers to be imaginative so as to ensure good governance and National Development for that matter.

Dr. Sylvester Galaa on behalf of The Dean-In charge of the University’s Campus in Wa, delivered the welcome address. “We in Wa Campus are delighted to welcome all to the AIC and it is an honour for us to have hosted this conference 3 times in less than a decade”.

This year’s AIC marked the second session since its evolution from inter-faculty lectures to a conference and the Institute received 66 abstracts out of which 59 have been reviewed. The Director of ICEIR, Professor Seidu Al-hassan, emphasised that the aim of the AIC is to promote excellent research work as research publications are the bedrock of every academic institution. He acknowledged Professor Millar, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UDS for instituting the AIC. The current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Haruna Yakubu was not left out on the list of gratitudes. Prof. Yakubu was acknowledged for facilitating the elevation of the Centre to the status of an Institute. Again, it was he who advised that the AIC be held around themes.

This AIC marks the last time Professor Haruna Yakubu will address it as the Vice-Chancellor of UDS.  He was very optimistic of the growth of UDS. “I foresee this university growing above its current standing through its research activities and to be recognized globally as an institute of excellence. I am confident that this would not be long in coming, provided ICEIR continues through this trajectory”.  Quality research publications influence a university’s visibility and for that matter, it’s ranking. However, research does not come cheap; Professor Yakubu therefore challenged the private sector to extend support by funding research activities of tertiary institutions to offset the burden on government and promote development.

The opening ceremony was also graced by the Deputy Regional Minister of the Upper West Region, Dr. Musheibu M. Alfa who represented the Regional Minister, and was accompanied by the Deputy Co-ordinating Director, Mr. Boahene. Dr. Alfa admonished all to approach the AIC with all seriousness. He added that government recognises the relevance of such academic activity hence government’s decision to establish the academic research fund. 

 

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Dr. Thomas Winsum Anabah, Senior Lecture and a Head of Department at the School of Medicine, University for Development Studies has received the International Quality Summit Award in the Gold Category on behalf of Habana Medical Services of which he is the CEO. 

The award was in recognition of Dr. Anabah and his Habana Medical Services’ commitment to quality, leadership, technology and innovation.

Presenting the award at the ceremony which was held at the New York Marriott Marquis Convention Hall, the President of BID Group, Jose E. Prieto noted that Dr. Anabah and his team were presented the IQS International Quality Summit Award in acknowledgement of strong commitment to quality and excellence. 

The International BID Quality Award is designed to recognize the prestige of outstanding companies, organizations, and leaders in the business world. It is attended by leaders from different business fields, professionals from the worlds of economics, the arts and corporate image, quality experts, as well as academic personalities and representatives from the diplomatic corps.

According to Dr. Thomas Winsum Anabah, “we are elated that the work we are doing here is being recognised worldwide and it challenges us to do more. It is not a plus for just me and my team; it is a plus for UDS, the institution in which I lecture; a plus for Tamale and the North, and a plus for Ghana as a whole”. It reaffirms that we can, when we do, he added. 

UDS congratulates you Dr. Thomas Winsum Anabah.

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The University for Development Studies has unveiled a Plague in honour of the Late Naa Dr. Andani Andan. The ceremony was held at the Academic Board Chamber on Thursday, June 18, 2015. 

It was in recognition of his immense generosity to the university by donating the piece of land on which the University’s Central Administration, the School of Medicine, the School of Allied Health Sciences and the Graduate School are now situated.  

The Academic Board of the University has thus named the UDS Academic Board Chamber after the Late Sagnari Naa Dr. Andani Andan. Henceforth, it shall be called Sagnari Naa Dr. Andani Academic Board Chamber (Dr. Andan Chamber for short.)

Speaking at the Ceremony, the Guest of Honour, His Royal Highness, the Chief of Sagnerigu expressed deep gratitude to UDS for the honour done his predecessor, the Sagnarigu Traditional Council and the entire people of the Sagnaregu Traditional Area. He added that, he and his people will forever remain grateful for this gesture shown them and that Naa Dr. Andani Andan will never be forgotten, not even to generations yet unborn. 

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Haruna Yakubu noted that, the Late Dr. Andan saw the need to support the University as a way of supporting the development of Ghana by inviting the University to take from his traditional area as much land as was necessary at the time. Thus, for a man of his calibre, naming the Academic Board Chamber after him could not have been more appropriate. “We believe the Academic Board Chamber will undoubtedly serve to inspire the many persons who use it for various purposes and to remind them about the need to support the development of their communities”. 

Also present to grace the occasion were the family members of the Late Chief led by Kpan Naa, Abukari Andani, some Deans, Directors and Heads of Department of the University. 

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University for Development Studies, (UDS), has dispatched 4,975 level 100 students into 17 districts in the Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana to undertake the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP). 

The TTFPP is an interactive process modelled on an integrated approach. It offers students from the various faculties and schools of UDS, the opportunity to live and work together in selected communities.  TTFPP allows students develop favourable attitudes towards working in rural and deprived communities. It exposes students to the nature of the development problems of Northern Ghana and generates data for further research into problem-solving development issues through the exchange of knowledge.

Orientation and dispatch were done in two batches- Nyankpala and Navrongo. . Speaking at the ceremony which took place in Nyankpala on May 25, 2015, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Gabriel Teye said the TTFPP allows UDS students to contribute their quota to national and rural development as the data they gather on the field is used for development planning. 

In his address, during a similar ceremony in Navrongo, on June 01, 2015, the Director, TTFPP, Dr. Martin Ofosu said “TTFPP is a privilege as it offers some students the first time experience to live in a rural community”. He encouraged the students to keep a high level of discipline in the field.  

Community re-entry by 5,300 Level 200 students is also underway in the Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions. This brings to 10,549 the number of students undertaking their TTFPP in 797 communities across four regions of Ghana.  

As part of measures to ensure the safety of the students, UDS has partnered World Vision Ghana, an NGO, to provide water purifying systems to be used by the students during their stay in the communities. 

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The University for Development Studies (UDS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the USAID funded Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) Project. The brief ceremony took place at the University’s Central Administration in Tamale on May 26, 2015.

In his remarks, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, on behalf of UDS thanked RING for the initiative and was very optimistic about the project. He encouraged both parties to work diligently towards the laudable initiative which will improve the livelihoods of about 17 targeted districts in the Northern Region.

Prof. Teye used the opportunity to highlight similar projects UDS is already engaged in. He indicated that, this type of project is just in sync with the mandate of UDS. Explaining further, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor emphasised on both the Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) approach adopted by the University and the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP) which is currently underway in communities within the Northern and Upper East Regions.

The Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) Project is a poverty reduction intervention designed to improve the nutrition and livelihood status of vulnerable households in the Northern Region of Ghana.  Speaking at the ceremony, Margaret Herro, the Chief of Party for the RING Project stated that, RING, in partnership with local government authorities is applying an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to poverty reduction through agriculture, income generation, savings, nutrition, Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH), good governance and community engagement.

Spearheading the project on the side of UDS is the Faculty of Agriculture. Dr. Francis Amagloh, a Senior Lecture in the same faculty reiterated the commitment of UDS to the project. Throwing more light on the role of UDS as a sub-contractor for the project, Dr. Amagloh indicated that, UDS will among other things provide support for the multiplication and supply of 75,000 Orange Fleshed Sweet potatoes vine projected to benefit 20 communities in 17 targeted districts in the Northern Region.

 

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A newly elected Team of student Leaders has been sworn into Office.  This was at a colorful Ceremony held on Monday, April 2, 2015 at the Tamale Campus of the University for Development Studies. The Dean of Students, Prof. Israel Dzomeku administered the oath of office.

The swearing- in preceded an orientation programme held at the Academic Board Chamber, where the SRC Executives were given insight  into various topical issues, including the roles and responsibilities of Student Leaders, Channels of Communication, Finance and Audit  issues and Procurement Procedures in the University .

In an address, the Pro – Vice Chancellor, Prof. G. A. Teye charged the Student Leaders to approach their duties with a good sense of commitment, while maintaining respect for authority and cooperate with same to achieve a common agenda; serve the interest of students.

For his part, Mr. Chikpa N. Cletus, the newly elected SRC president assured Management of his Team’s resolve to work closely with the former to address challenges facing the student front.  He appealed to Management to consider students as their children, who required parental guidance in the pursuit of academic work.

Other speakers included Alhaji Nuru-deen I. Abubakar of the Academic Affairs Section, Mr Safianu Mahama, Procurement Unit and Mr. Abdul-Majeed  Yussif of the University Relations  Section.

 

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