The Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), a Ghanaian-based research institute with global think-tank status at the University of Ghana, has donated books on various sectors of the Ghanaian economy to the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) for studies and research purposes.
The books, authored by research fellows of the Institute, are to help lecturers and students on development of the various sectors in the Ghanaian economy in order to make informed policy decisions on matters of business, banking among others.
Prof. Felix Asante, Director of ISSER, presenting the books explained that they are produced by thorough studies of the Ghanaian economy to educate students on its trends and performance under the various governments of the Fourth Republic.
He said supporting the TTU library stock with locally developed evidence-based knowledge will go a long way to align the university’s core mandate of equipping learners with practical skills and knowledge on the Ghanaian economy for national development.
“It is anticipated that this cutting-edge Ghanaian-based research will help provide the university with basic and practical knowledge about the development trajectory of the Ghanaian economy’s various sectors in which products of the university work,” he added.
Prof. Asante further reiterated that the books will help the university to know the contributions of their products to socio-economic development of the nation as a whole.
Prof. Victor K. B. Micah, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Takoradi Technical University, on receiving the books indicated that the donation has come at an opportune time to help guide lecturers and students in understanding how the various sectors of Ghana’s economy have grown to middle-income status.
According to him, the recent happenings in the local economy – particularly in the banking/financial sector – require an in-depth study of where the country started and the current state. “We need to build knowledge on the Ghanaian economy from local perspectives in order to profess relevant solutions to the challenges of our economy with practically developed principles,” he added.
Prof. Micah expressed gratitude to ISSER for the donation, and urged lecturers and students to make good use of the materials to benefit themselves and society.