The Pan-African Doctoral Academy (PADA) at the University of Ghana (UG) concluded its May-June doctoral training school with a closing ceremony held at the Centre For African Wetlands.
The ceremony concluded a 2 week program designed to equip students with academic skills to complement their PhDs.
About 100 Students from Ghana, Nigeria, South Sudan, South Africa and Togo were taken through courses in managing the PhD process, innovative thinking in research, teaching and learning, qualitative research methodology and the use of Nvivo for analysis as the first module.
The second module included data analysis using ‘R’, academic writing and communication research results, presentation skills, quantitative research techniques use of SPSS and career development for emerging scholars.
In an interview with Universnews Dr. Collins Badu Agyemang, the Coordinator of PADA says their aim is to train people to enable them carry out cutting edge research that will be able to support the development of the country, interventions and policies that are being implemented and support the development of every community.
This brought about the organization of complementary courses which will supplement the main courses the PhD students offer.
Talking about the impact since the programs inception Dr. Collins believes its been phenomenal.
This he attributes to being able to provide the necessary complementary knowledge to partner with terminal degrees to enable people to replace the ageing workforce in the academic sector in and beyond Ghana who still kept hanging on due to inadequate successors.
Its been phenomenal. I must say that previously most academic institutions even within Ghana were having ageing workforce. you do have a lot of faculty who may have retired but are still hanging on simply because we didn’t have a lot of people with impactful research driven knowledge, the terminal degrees, to be able to carry on with research and teaching at the university level. But thus far you can see a lot of teaching faculty, research faculty are now having their terminal degree and its partly because of the work we do to complement the great work being done by the school of graduate studies.
Former Vice Chancellor of UG Professor Emeritus Addae-Mensah who was present at the ceremony was of the view that students who go through the program successfully have a broader view in terms of research work and that will enable them to contribute to knowledge.
you broaden your outlook as far as research is concerned and at the end of it all you’ll come out with publications which are much better.
A graduating student, Prosper Adiku, who is also a PhD Environmental Science Year 1 student of UG explains that the program is an essential one that has imbibed in him some essential skills that will help him and other students who participated in the program to make their mark on the educational front.
“I think this program is a very important program and has opened my eyes to a lot of things as its intended to teach the upcoming scholars in the university and across the globe what is expected of a scholar once you’re finished with your program.
”We have learnt a lot of things in terms of making your research information relevant to people who may need it and also making yourself and your contribution to education an impactful one,” he noted.
Since 2015, PADA has trained over 1,500 PhD students from institutions in almost all the West African countries.