Seventh Network Meeting of the Centres of African Excellence

(March 3 – March 5, 2016) in Ghana

Minister for Tertial Education of Ghana, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, opens this year´s Network Meeting of all representatives of the Centres of African Excellence at the University of Ghana.

The Institute for Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, which is home to the Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies since 2008, hosted this year´s meeting. All representatives of the eight Centres of African Excellence were present, coming from six African countries and Germany. The keynote speech at the opening was held by the guest of honour, dealing with the „Role and Importance of Research for Development“. In front of a big media he emphasized the good relations to Germany and DAADs extensive support in restructuring the tertial education sector in Ghana and in educating future teaching staff. Welcoming speeches were also given by the Deputy Minister of Communications, Hon. Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, the representative of the German Embassy, Mr. Abels, the director of ISSER, Prof. Felix Asante and Dr. Dorothee Weyler from DAAD.

During the following 1,5 day workshop the representatives of the Centres analyzed strategies to improve the research environment and capacities of the Centres and addressed the possibilities of how research and research results could have an impact on society. During the intensive group work the participants showed great interest in developing perspectives for future joint research projects to further develop and secure the expected sustainability of the projects by, for instance, acquiring third-party funding.

Furthermore discussions were held about the understanding of research in and for Africa as well as the generation and transfer of knowledge.

Against the backdrop of Germany´s refugee policy and the rising need to battle the causes of migration and flight the participants spontaneously developed suggestions on how the Centres could get involved with their well-established structures and curricula.

The first Alumni meeting of Centres African Excellence graduates was agreed upon.