University of Ghana to roll out new structure for PhD prgrammes

The University of Ghana, Legon, is to roll out a new structure for PhD programmes for the 2012/ 2013 academic year, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of the university disclosed at the weekend.

He said key changes to the existing programme include the admission of first degree holders into the MPhil/ PhD programmes, introduction of comprehensive examinations before research work begins and the roll out of compulsory course work and formal defense of research proposals.

Prof Aryeetey made the disclosure at the second 2012 graduation ceremony held for students in Accra, from the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies who have successfully completed their programmes during the 2010/2011 academic year.

He expressed optimism that the changes would make “our doctoral students more analytical ensure that they are familiar with current and relevant literature in their fields, and also ensure that our doctoral programmes conform to best practice.”

On the university’s popularity and usage of its websites, Prof Aryeetey said the institution placed 16th on the chart of the “Top 100 Universities and Colleges in Africa” on a recent 4ICU web rankings for 2012.

He said the University Council had approved a new name for the Faculty of Social Studies and is now known as the Faculty of Social Sciences to enable the faculty align itself with other universities around the world.

Prof Aryeetey added that the name of the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries had been changed to Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences.

“The Designation marine sciences provides a wider coverage to include more applied aspects of the subject and will also reflect the significant changes which have been made recently in postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in the Department,” he said.

The graduation ceremony was the last to be held in the month of March, because the university authorities had decided to hold smaller graduation ceremonies in July and November with a view to making students graduate in the same calendar year that they completed their studies.

It saw 3810 students graduating at various levels with some of their families and friends gracing the occasion with their attendance.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for the Best Graduating Student Admitted Under the University of Ghana Admissions Policy for Less-Endowed Schools went to Madame Sarah Agyeniway and Mr Kwame Abukari.

Source: GNA

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