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CSUC President Calls for Development of Institutional Framework for Graduate Research

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The President of the Christian Service University College (CSUC), Professor Sam K. Afrane, has appealed to the Ghanaian government to create an institutional framework with appropriate policies and programmes to harness graduate research in the country. Speaking at the 46th graduation ceremony of the University College in Kumasi, Prof. Afrane suggested that the government should set a research agenda for graduate students in the country. He also implored relevant stakeholders to be consulted in identifying research problems and issues of paramount interest to the nation.

To ensure the proper uptake and utilisation of research findings, Prof. Afrane recommended that firms and institutions that funded the research should be eagerly waiting for the findings for application. He added that students who work on approved research topics from industry or other fields should be given research grants, and government scholarships for graduate education should be directed to support students working on important research problems of high priority to the nation.

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Prof. Afrane emphasised that Ghana cannot continue to allow the valuable research energies of graduate students to go to waste. He pointed out that if the above recommendations are adopted, business and development decisions will be informed by solid research findings. He also stated that much of the research leading to scientific innovations, discoveries and breakthroughs are conducted by graduate students globally.

The academician lamented the situation in Ghana and other African countries where graduate education is growing, but its research potential is not being harnessed to promote the development of business, industry and the nation. He encouraged the government to take the necessary steps to create an enabling environment that would allow graduate students to contribute significantly to national development through their research activities.

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