US Firm Supports UG PhD Programme

Prof Ernest Aryeetey
The University of Ghana (UG) has received a $ 650,000 grant from a New York-based corporation in the US, Carnegie Corporation, in support of its PhD training programme.

The programme dubbed: ‘UG Accelerated PhD Training (UG-APT)’ is for an initial period of two years and would support the establishment of UG-Pan African Doctoral Academy (UG-PADA).

Its objective is to make the premier university become a centre for African regional doctoral training, drawing on its diasporan partnerships to enhance its PhD programmes.

Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, PhD Coordinator, UG, commenting on the grant and the programme in a press statement released on Tuesday and signed by Stella A. Amoa, Director of Public Affairs, University of Ghana, acknowledged the support and inputs of the PhD restructuring working group for the development of the UG-APT Proposal.

According to her, there was sufficient enthusiasm for the first cohort of the pilot doctoral schools which ‘will engender the success of the project.’

It is expected that the anticipated improvements in PhD recruitments and outputs would go a long way to enhance the profile and reputation of UG, the Coordinator indicated.

She said, ‘The concept of the project is derived from the university’s new direction for PhD training. The restructuring is intended to bring the programmes in line with international best practices and to sharpen the analytical skills of PhD graduates.’

BY Melvin Tarlue

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