Effectively disseminate research findings to address national issues


Director-General-Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Prof. Amin Alhassan, has stressed the need for appropriately disseminating research findings of universities and researchers to help address national issues.

“For a university that believes in knowledge for service, appropriate dissemination of the research findings should be a priority,” he said.

This, he noted, will help policymakers and other stakeholders identify issues on the ground and make the needed resources available to address those challenges.

Prof. Amin made this call at the University for Development Studies (UDS) Graduate School Annual Graduate Conference (AGC) second edition held at the university’s Tamale campus.

The two-day event, dubbed ‘Youth in Research for Sustainable Development’, was in collaboration with the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG). It brought together researchers, academicians, graduate school students, lecturers and other stakeholders.

It also gave an opportunity for some departments, students and lecturers to present research papers.

“Being the first university with a mandate to ensure that teaching and learning has the character of national development, we have an undeniable responsibility to lead development research in Ghana,” Prof Amin said.

Managing Partner-ENS Africa – a law firm, Amina Kaguah, encouraged graduate students to focus on their studies in order to achieve their set goals and not be discouraged when the journey gets tough.

Pro-Vice Chancellor- UDS, Professor Elliot Haruna Alhassan – who represented Vice Chancellor Prof. Seidu Al-Hassan, said the conference was in line with the university’s annual harmattan school that provides students and researchers an opportunity to present their research works – so as to draw the attention of policymakers to varied development challenges confronting the region and nation.

“The annual graduate conference is one of the most exciting, innovative events designed specifically for postgraduate research students. It seeks to create a platform to showcase outstanding postgraduate work in an accessible way to the wider university and public,” he stated.

He reiterated the university’s commitment to building the capacity of students in research to enable them fit into society after school.

Principal for UDS Nyankpala Campus, Prof. Mohammed Muniru Iddrisu, on his part commended management and graduate school student leadership for the initiative in ensuring students have opportunity to present some of their research and findings to society.

“With the research work that you do, you should try as much as possible to relate them to society and not limit them to research guides that are always found in the journals and which do not yield anything,” he advised.

“We spend lots of money for research and publications, and at the end of it society does not benefit from it,” he said – adding that graduate students must endevour to set goals and achieve them for a better future.

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