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Governing Council of UEW inaugurated

Prof. kwesi Yankah inaugurating the Governing Council of UEW.

The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah,  yesterday inaugurated the Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) with a charge on members to use their vast experiences to restore calm on the campuses of the university.

The Council, chaired by Pro. Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah, is expected to, among other things, champion the implementation of the core objectives of the university, promote income generating activities, establish committees or boards considered necessary and assign any responsibilities that it might consider necessary.

Members

The members of the Council are the Vice Chancellor of UEW, Prof Mawutor  Avoke; Dr. Efua Essaba Agyire-Tettey; Mr. John Darko and NEENYI Ghartey VII,  all government nominees.

Other are Most Rev M,atthew Kwasi Gyamfi, representing the Ghana Education Service (GES);  the Director-General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa; Mr. Christian Addai-Poku representing professional Teacher Organisation; Prof. Mohammed Salifu from the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE);  Mr. Bruno Bajuaose Chirani;  Dr. Samuel Ofori OBUOBISAH Bekoe;  Prof. Yaw  Serekye Annor and  Prof. Stephen Jobson Mitchual, all representing convocation.

The rest are Ms Theresa Ackon representing the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), Mr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, representing the alumni, Mr. Stephen Osei Akyiaw representing the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) and Mr.  Patrick Adjei representing the Students’ Representative Council (SRC).

Research fund

Prof. Yankah announced that the government was committed to establishing a research fund for the sole purpose of funding relevant and sector-specific research work in institutions of higher learning.

“This is in addition to the book and research allowance,” he said, explaining that the move was part of efforts by the government to deal with the problem of funding higher education in the country.

Prof. Yankah noted that adequate funding of higher education had been one of the challenges for successive governments, especially at the graduate level.

He disclosed that a draft bill for the establishment of the research fund was near completion and consultations for stakeholder inputs into the bill were currently ongoing.

He was hopeful that sooner than later, the fund will be  established to offer an appropriate funding regime for research in the country’s institutions of higher learning.

Chairman’s response

Prof. Abakah expressed gratitude for the confidence reposed in them as members of the council, describing their appointment as “a call to duty”.

He pledged that the council would work hard in collaboration with all stakeholders to push the developmental agenda of the university.

The chairman acknowledged that the council was inaugurated at a time the university was in a


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