Leveraging human resources and research collaboration. A story of change from University of Ghana
RESUME: The Building Stronger Universities (BSU) program has had a significant impact at the University of Ghana. It has played a crucial role in boosting research among faculty members. Since it started, 16 PhD students have completed their studies through this program. It has provided training for hundreds of research administrators and many Masters students, and facilitated research management. The thematic focus of BSU III was malaria research with a specific emphasis on haemoglobinopathies, climate change research, concentrating on adaptation and mitigation, and institutional capacity building, with a strong emphasis on outreach and engagement with external stakeholders.
By Kwadwo Owusu, Professor and Director for Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, University of Ghana
One of the most notable achievements of the BSU program is the successful completion of 16 PhD students’ studies. These scholars, equipped with advanced training and knowledge, have become integral contributors to the academic landscape. Furthermore, the program has provided training for hundreds of research administrators and numerous master’s students, creating a robust foundation for research management at the University of Ghana.
The collaborative spirit between the University of Ghana and Denmark has transcended geographical boundaries, with students from Ghana spending substantial periods in Denmark. This immersive experience has enabled them to acquire advanced models and methodologies, enriching their work upon their return. In addition, the strong links that with BSU has been established between research environments in Ghana and Denmark will prove invaluable when competing for international funding.
Through its targeted thematic focus, training initiatives, and collaborative research, BSU has demonstrated the profound impact that North-South strategic partnerships can have in addressing global challenges and nurturing the next generation of scholars and leaders.
Summary of the interview with Kwadwo Owusu’s Professor, University of Ghana by Vibeke Quaade
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