Research should be geared towards development — Prof. Yakubu

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Prof. Haruna YakubuThe Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Professor Haruna Yakubu, has advised researchers in academia and other institutions to undertake researches that will enhance the development of society.

He said researchers should not envision the reward of research outputs as tools to gain promotions at their respective places of work but as solutions to help enhance living standards and development.

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Prof. Yakubu gave the advice at the seventh edition of the Inter-Faculty Lecture Series (IFLs) of UDS held at the Nyankpala Campus of the university.

The IFLs is an annual event organised by the Institute for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ICEIR) of the UDS and it serves as a platform for older, younger and newly recruited members of staff to present their research outcomes for peer-review.

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The aim of the exercise is to improve the competence of staff in carrying out research and writing papers.

The vice chancellor said the peer-review would help prevent the situation whereby some researchers would download researches from the Internet and present them as their own work just to gain promotion.

The Director of ICEIR, Dr Seidu Al-hassan  said besides staff of UDS, this year’s IFLs had representatives from the University of Cape Coast, Bolgatanga Polytechnic, the Regional Museum and the Department of Range and Wildlife of the Upper East Region.

He said 35 papers were received this year for the peer-review exercise and added that those whose work would be successful after the exercise could get it published in some of the academic and professional journals.

By Marcelinus Dery/Daily Graphic/Ghana