GRASAG-UEW Hosts 3rd International Multi-disciplinary Conference

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Chapter of the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), the Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS), Centre for International Programmes (CIP), Centre for Conflict, Human Rights and Peace Studies (CHRAPS) and the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate has hosted the 3rd International Multi-disciplinary Conference for post-graduate students.

Some attendees at the program

The conference aims at offering graduate students the opportunity to meet with other colleagues in the field of academia to exchange ideas, critique, probe policies and decisions of policy makers. It is also to help make meaningful contributions for the development of the world through research and academic paper presentations.

The conference, which is held under the theme “Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Through Research,” is taking place at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus, Winneba. It began on Monday, 30th July and is expected to end on Friday, 3rd August, 2018.

In his Opening Remarks, the Ag. Vice-Chancellor, UEW, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni who chaired the occasion said that UEW is the leading public university in Ghana and the Sub-Sahara Africa known for quality professional teacher education. He therefore, emphasised Management’s pride in associating and partnering the government of the Republic of Ghana in its quest of industrialising Ghana through the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes. 

Ag. Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni

“As a large and complex University, UEW offers a wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate programmes and contributes at both national and international levels through related research and community service.” He said.

The Ag. Vice-Chancellor stressed that in the quest of UEW to meet its core values of accountability, transparency and involvement, the University had instituted a monthly open forum sessions where Management interacts with course representatives, associations and group leaders for their views and concerns in moving UEW higher.          

In his Welcome Address, the President of GRASAG-UEW, Mr. Emmanuel Owusu indicated that UEW has made and continues to make high strides in the training of teachers and other professionals in Ghana and the sub-region. He added that “this makes it imperative for the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana, UEW Chapter, to emulate and support the need for the training of independent and self-reliant minds as well as more research-oriented partners within the sub-region and the entire world”.  

Hon. Hakeem Fahm, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lagos State, Nigeria, delivering a Keynote Address on behalf of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, noted that researchers were in the best position to offer their scholarly knowledge, expertise and reflexivity to political decision-makers, particularly by outlining the range of options for actions and their respective implications, so that policymakers can actually take informed decisions.

“In order to be able to do so, however, researchers have to build relationships with policymakers and politicians. They need opportunities to exchange ideas and to put forward their scientific concepts to the political field.” He indicated.

Hon. Hakeem Fahm, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lagos State, Nigeria, delivering the Keynote Address

The Commissioner hinted further that policies and strategies were more likely to succeed if they were based on science.

“So policymakers and researchers will have to work together. As science is not politics and politics is not science, it goes without saying that solution-oriented research needs a broad basis in fundamental upstream research, embedded in a diverse research landscape and funding structure.” He said. 

Presenting on ‘Achieving the Sustainable Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy): The Role of Member States’, Mrs. Jo Ann Sackey, Senior Policy Analyst at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) stated that the Sustainable Development Goal 7 is targeted at increasing energy access and renewable energy, enhancing international cooperation, expanding infrastructure, and upgrading technology for providing clean energy as well as doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by the year 2030.

 Mrs. Sackey, who was speaking on behalf of Mr. Benjamin Boakye, Executive Director (ACEP) indicated that with the global economy expanding at an average rate of 3% and a global population projected to be about 9 billion by 2040, greater effort is require to ensure that world energy demand, for all purposes, is met in a sustainable and reliable manner (International Energy Agency, 2017).

She concluded that, the task of achieving SDG 7 may be daunting; however, it is not impossible.

GRASAG Representative (first from right), Dean of Student Affairs-Dr. Samuel Yirenkyi, Director-SACOST, Prof. Kolawole Raheem (middle) assisting Hon. Hakeem Fahm to receive a present on behalf of Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule

Among the officials present at the opening of the conference were the Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor, UEW, Prof. James Kagya-Agyemang; Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq; Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Prof. George Kankam; Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Manasseh Yirenkyi; Director, Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST), Prof. Kolawole Raheem; Ag. Director, CHRAPS, Dr. Harrison Golo; Deputy Registrar, IERIS, Mr. Francis Akrono; former President, GRASAG-UEW, Mr. Samuel Ofori Danquah; GRASAG-UEW President-elect, Mr. Godwin Kusi Danquah and others.  

Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq (left), Registrar of UEW