Regional News Tue, 20 Aug 2013

Research fund for academia needed - Ashigbey

The Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, has called for the establishment of a research fund for academia to assist lecturers interested in conducting research.

According to him, the present situation where lecturers in public tertiary institutions have to fight for research allowance must not be encouraged.

Mr Ashigbey made the call when the executive board of the Dominion University College (DUC), led by Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, paid a courtesy call on him in Accra yesterday.

Mr Ashigbey was also worried that many graduates, even at the master’s degree level, pursued academic programmes not necessarily to add to their knowledge but did so to earn promotion to higher positions at their workplaces.

“The quality of strategy papers presented by some potential job seekers with master’s degree has been very disappointing in the last couple of years,” he lamented.

He also stressed the need for business education to be restructured in such a way that graduates would be able to present business proposals, instead of just writing applications for non-existent jobs.

The President of the DUC, Dr Spio-Garbrah, indicated that the university had outlined a series of programmes aimed at providing mentorship and guidance for students.

That, he said, was to ensure that products produced by the university were equipped with entrepreneurship drive.

Dr Spio-Garbrah said the DUC would soon launch the Ghana Directory of Scholarship and Financial Assistance Programme, with the intention of easing the financial burden on both parents and students in the funding of higher education.

“Plans are far advanced to introduce a business incubation centre in the university, where students would be taught how to write business plans and also raise funds to bring such plans into realisation,” he stated.

Dr Spio-Garbrah announced that the DUC, in line with its vision to contribute towards curbing corruption, particularly within the public sector, had introduced a public sector accounting major with emphasis on forensic accounting.

“Our quest to ensure adequate public-private partnership has also seen us make recommendations on property revenue management and how the government could manage its fleets of vehicles. These recommendations are to ensure that the government maximises revenue in those areas,” he indicated.

While commending the Graphic group for diversifying its brands profitably and also serving as a benchmark in the journalism industry, Dr Spio-Grabrah used the opportunity to plead with the government to re-examine its decision to tax private universities.

Source: Daily Graphic