The University of Ghana (UG), Legon, has for the first time, participated in the celebration of the Day of Scientific Renaissance of Africa (DSRA) as strategy to drive the overall growth of the university as the world class research intense university.
It is also to draw attention to the scholarly works, innovations and development championed by members of the community, including the dedicated faculties of the university.
Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the Vice-Chancellor, said to ensure that the day reflected the depth and diversity of research innovation emanating from the university, each college was tasked to host a series of activities that highlighted the contribution of its constituents to global advancement of knowledge.
She said the university’s wide participation was intended to indicate the variations in science and its pluralistic nature, adding that the celebration had come to stay as an annual event.
The Vice-Chancellor said the core objective of the celebration was to remind African governments and people of the critical roles of science and technology in national development.
She said the day was also held in commemoration of the continent’s great contributions to the right and development of modern-day science and technology.
Prof Amfo announced that the University in collaboration with Conversation Africa is organising a workshop on how to communicate their scientific or research findings to their audience.
“These are some of the initiatives that my administration is embarking on to bridge the gap between researchers, policy makers and the ordinary people.”
She pledged to continue to drive aspirations of the university including using diverse ways to bring research closer to the people.
Prof Daniel Frimpong Ofori, the Provost of the College of Humanities and Chairman of the celebration, reiterated the need to enhance capacity of early carrier researchers to network with other stakeholders to attract attention to their works.
He said it was clear from the discussions that the only way to make impactful research was to adopt innovative ways to disseminate research findings and articles.
He commended the Planning Committee members, all the faculties and the University Administration for making the celebration a success.
Earlier, there was an exhibition of Scholarly Works by Schools, Institutions and Centres under the University, Artistic Performances by Ghana Dance Ensemble, and a Roundtable Discussion on Research in Africa.
All the discussants agreed that African Universities should move from working in silos and venture into multidisciplinary research to solve bigger problems for national development.
They also called for innovations that will take their research findings to the audience in a well-packaged manner.