Government Establishes GHS60m Endowment Budget for Research Fund – Education Minister
The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has announced that the government is to set up an endowment of GHS60m for a research fund to support higher education research in the country.
Dr. Prempeh announced this when he formally launched the 70th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the country’s premier university, the University of Ghana, earlier today.
In his address, he noted that quality, strategic research, linked with industry and the corporate world was important in finding practical solutions to real life problems in our society and lauded the university’s vision ‘to become a research-intensive university’, a vision he said was shared by government.
Dr. Prempeh also announced that government has started the necessary stakeholder consultations to ensure adequate preparations to receive the products of the free SHS programme into our tertiary institutions, in a couple of years. He urged managers of the country’s tertiary educational institutions to indicate to the Ministry of Education their plans on how the expected increase in student numbers will be handled, as well as what government is expected to do to enable the institutions cope with the expected increase in admissions.
The university’s year-long activities to mark its 70th anniversary were disclosing. They include the Aggrey, Fraser & Guggisberg Memorial Lectures, a Special Congregation, community activities, an open month, the launch of an Endowment Fund and an alumni homecoming.
The university also unveiled its logo to mark the celebrations, whose theme is ‘Celebrating Excellence; Shaping Futures’
By Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng
Press Secretary to Minister for Education