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

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


UDS is 25 Years Old ……Hurray!!!

UDS 25th Logo

A journey of thousand miles, they say begins with a step. The passage of a decree (PNDCL 279) in 1992 gave birth to the first Public University to be situated in the northern part of Ghana. It was given a unique mandate to blend academic work with that of the Community for the development of northern Ghana in particular and Ghana as a whole.

The University for Development Studies (UDS) started academic work in September 1993, with the admission of forty (40) students. However, 39 students were actually matriculated.

It introduced its flagship programme - the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP) as part of the University’s pedagogy and in fulfillment of its mandate.

In 2012, UDS celebrated twenty (20) years of delivering academic excellence under the theme “UDS: 20 years of Community Development through Higher Education”. The highlights of the celebration included a medical outreach that covered selected communities within the University’s catchment area; a quiz competition; the first edition of the Africa leadership Lectures; Alumni Homecoming and a Dinner and Awards Night, held to honor deserving staff and development partners.

Five years on, UDS continues to strategically position itself on both the local and international scenes of higher education through the introduction of innovative programmes and building collaborations with world class research institutions.

To commemorate the silver jubilee celebrations of the University, a number of events and activities have been lined up to take place from October 2017-October 2018.

This was disclosed by an elated Vice-Chancellor, Prof. G.A. Teye, at the 25 thMatriculation of the University held at the Wa campus and across other campuses on Friday, 13th October, 2017. The theme for the year-long celebration is “UDS @ 25: Impact on National Development through Practical Higher Education.”

Launching the silver Jubilee Celebration, Prof. Teye noted that UDS was poised for the challenges ahead and committed to continue to position itself as a national asset in the facilitation of life-long learning in order to advance community and national development.“UDS is 25 years old… hurray!!! He exclaimed.

Source: University Relations

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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

Agricultural Economists Hold 1st Conference

A Platform has been created to bring together researchers, agriculturists, economists, bio-scientists, biotechnologists, agricultural engineers, industry specialists, water management specialists, environmentalists, policy makers, politicians and students to discuss relevant research findings, share experiences and take advantage of novel knowledge for practical development outcomes.

This was made possible at the 1st Conference of the Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists (GAAE) held in Tamale under the theme “Sustainable Agricultural Production and Agribusiness Development for food and Jobs: Possibilities and Realities”.

In his declaration of purpose, the convener of the Conference, Rev. Prof. Saa Dittoh noted that Ghana is an agricultural country and will be for a long time to come. Against this background, it was incumbent upon agricultural economists to be at the helm of policy making and advice mainly because of their very good hybrid knowledge of agriculture, rural development and social science. “We may not want to be politicians but we definitely want our country, Ghana to develop so we have to find ways of making sure agricultural policies and programmes are well thought out, well analyzed and well executed.” He added.

In his welcome remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Prof. G. A. Teye stated that UDS was 25 years and that the activities lined up for the silver jubilee celebration would among other things promote research work, especially those that aim at assessing the impact of UDS on national development through higher education. He expressed optimism that participants and researchers would find partnering UDS very useful owing to the vast array of intellectual capacities and the valuable data gathered by students over the years as a result of the University’s unique training model –the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP).

In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto commended the GAAE for providing the forum to discuss a critical area of Ghanaian development, noting that without developing agribusiness, there will be no sustainability in agriculture nor can decent jobs be created.

He urged the Association and individual members to partner government in the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies and plans aimed at developing the agric sector for the over all development of Ghana.

Source: University Relations