Carnegie Corporation of New York in collaboration with the University of Ghana Carnegie has started a project to sponsor in terms of funding for Masters and PHD studies for Faculty members in the University of Ghana.
Speaking to the media at an engagement meeting with the beneficiaries of the project, Project Director of the University of Ghana’s Carnegie program “Next Generation of Academics in Africa”, Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Badu stated that the new project introduced by the corporation was geared towards faculty development and expanding faculty members in the institution in order to allay the burden on the few faculties the institution.
“We aim at urging people to acquire PhD and this is where Carnegie corporation came in and the program is geared towards developing faculty members which include targeting faculties who do not have PhDs and to support them to acquire a PhD, the other was to support MPHIL candidates who were brilliant and wanted to go into academic career and so we supported their MPHIL thesis research and the third component we have introduced is the one that looks at post doctorial fellows who have no strong grounds in experience and other research works are then supported to go on attachment with experienced professors serving as a mentor”. She said.
Prof. Ntiamoa-Badu further emphasized the essence of the programme which aims at producing seasoned researchers who will dig into national issues and recommend the best approaches in tackling them.
“If we have people who have the expertise and are qualified as seasoned researchers, they are able to tackle national issues by researching national issues and gives us feedback on findings into the national development agenda and promote the country as a whole”. she said.
She further stated that the project will prove beneficial in the long run for the country’s education system especially with regards to the government’s free Senior High School Policy.
“There is also a direct impact in terms of training and education because with the new free SHS, we are going to have a lot more people coming to the university which means you need a lot more faculty, so the need to train more PhD holders becomes really critical for the SHS programme to succeed.” she added.
She made these statements on Tuesday, 12th March 2018 at the University of Ghana Centre for Africa Wetlands where some representatives of the Carnegie Corporation paid a visit to the institution to check how the programmes are being carried out.
Carnegie Corporation of New York is one of the oldest philanthropic and the most influential of American grant making foundation that seeks to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.
University of Ghana has been one the beneficiaries of the foundation in Africa and has enjoyed unlimited access to the programs and grants offered by the corporation.
In 2010, the University of Ghana received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to implement the project “Next Generation of Academics in Africa: Enhancing the University of Ghana’s Capacity to deliver Post Graduate Research and Training”.
The project is a part of Carnegie’s long -term support programme for tertiary education in Africa who seeks to advance excellence in postgraduate research and faculty retention.
By: Priscilla Darko|universroom.com