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UG’s vision to be a research-intensive university has government’s support, Akufo-Addo assures Legon

President Akufo-Addo urged the university also to target ways to foster effective ties with industry and corporate entities in Ghana

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the leadership of the University of Ghana (UG), Legon that his government will offer the country’s premier university all the support it needs as it positions itself to become a research-intensive institution.

Addressing management, staff and students of the University of Ghana at the Bank of Ghana Hall today (11 August 2023) on the theme for the university’s 75th anniversary – “Nurturing Resilience: Adopting Technology, Embracing Humanism” – President Akufo-Addo urged Legon to also target ways to foster effective ties with local industry and corporate entities.

“Seventy-five years in the life of an institution is no mean feat. From modest beginnings in 1948, housed in the premises of Achimota College, the University College of the Gold Coast, as it was then known, has evolved into one of Africa’s leading universities,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“Today, there is worldwide recognition for the excellence of the university’s faculty and students and for the professional successes choaked by her alumni both at home and abroad. Over the years, the university has lived up to its mission of developing world-class human resources and capabilities to meet our nations development needs and global challenges,” the president said.

University of Ghana, Legon 75th-anniversary lecture with President Akufo-Addo (Friday 11 August 2023)
President Akufo-Addo shakes hands with Professor Benjamin Waabae Garbrah (second from right), the first head of the Ghana Atomic Commission and one of UGs pioneers. With them is Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo (right), Professor of African Studies

“The university continues to be the center of many scientific and technological innovations. The diversity of this research efforts and output in various disciplines, including social sciences, law, natural sciences, medicine, agriculture, environment, and energy, have been internationally acclaimed.

“My government fully supports and shares in your vision to become a research-intensive university, and we will do all in our power to help you realise it.

“I ask the university of Ghana and all tertiary institutions in the country to find innovative and effective ways of linking up with industry and the corporate world to engage in quality strategic research targeted at finding practical solutions to real-life challenges of our society and thereby help actualise research findings to the benefit of our country and its citizenry,” Akufo-Addo further said.

Call for reflection

President Akufo-Addo ended his address by asking his audience to reflect again on the famous anthem of the University of Ghana as the institution celebrates its 75th anniversary, which was composed by the late Professor J H Nketiah.

“Hail University of Ghana, the nation’s hope and glory. The place that bears the star of peace. That bids us all to do our best. Let the great tower of learning inspire both young and old. May we proceed in unity to uphold the public cause. Arise, arise, O Legon, defend the cause of freedom, proceed in truth and integrity to make our nation proud,” President Akufo-Addo said.

University of Ghana, Legon 75th-anniversary lecture with President Akufo-Addo (Friday 11 August 2023)
President Akufo-Addo with Joseph Osei Owusu (third from right), the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo (third from left), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, and other guests

The president also pledged to contribute to the 75th-anniversary legacy project announced by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, which is expected to be built on campus.

University of Ghana

Over the years, the University of Ghana has built a reputation as an academically strong institution, making it one of the preferred choices for academics, researchers and students on the continent.

On October 26, 2021, the University of Ghana, inducted Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo into office, as its 13th and first female vice-chancellor. During the ceremony, she shared her vision to “create a culture that promotes research, teaching and learning, administrative processes and extension activities driven by technology and anchored in humanism”.

The vision of the vice-chancellor as shared by her during her investiture, supports the achievement of the university’s overall vision of becoming a “world-class, research-intensive university”.

The ideals contained in her vision have guided the implementation of key activities in the University till date, including the launch of the “Vice-Chancellor’s Programme for Enhancing the UG Student Experience Through Digitalisation”.

University of Ghana, Legon 75th-anniversary lecture with President Akufo-Addo (Friday 11 August 2023)
President Akufo-Addo presents the anniversary cake in the company of Joseph Osei Owusu (right), First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo (second from left), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon

The University of Ghana is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The year-long anniversary is aimed at celebrating the university’s achievements and perseverance through years of unprecedented change.

The theme for the 75th-anniversary celebration, “Nurturing Resilience: Adopting Technology, Embracing Humanism”, is born from the vision of the vice-chancellor, which also takes its direction from the university’s vision, and from the multiple and rapid changes occurring in Africa and our global world today, especially in higher education.

The University of Ghana can claim numerous achievements in research; teaching and learning; and community engagement and service locally and globally over the past 75 years. These are a testament to the university’s creativity, innovation as well its ability to withstand change and thrive despite local and global challenges in the higher education sector.

Recently, the university was ranked Ghana’s highest tertiary institution by the Alper-Doger (AD) Scientific Index 2022 Version 2, with more than 270 scientists from UG appearing in the top 1,000 scientists featured.

This follows from the Webometrics ranking of the University of Ghana earlier this year as first in Ghana, 11th in sub-Saharan Africa and 1,121 in the world – out of 31,000 higher education institutions from more than 200 countries.

Furthermore, in its 2022 ranking, the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, one of the three most widely read university rankings in the world which receives approval from the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG), classified the University of Ghana among the top 20 universities in Africa, the only West African university so classified.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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