College of Humanities Holds 3rd International Research Conference

The College of Humanities, has held its 3rd International Research Conference at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) conference facility. The multidisciplinary conference was on the theme “Humanities Research and the New Waves of Globalization.   

The Chairman, Provost of the College of Humanities, Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah said one of the key objectives of the annual conference was to foster interdisciplinary research in the pursuit of academic and national development. He encouraged participants to publish their work in peer reviewed outlets in order to gain visibility and international recognition.

 Provost of the College of Humanities, Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah

Madam Erika Jean Goldson, the Acting Country Director of the United Nations Population Fund was the keynote speaker. She stated that the theme of the conference could not have been more appropriate given the waves of globalization currently sweeping across the world. She emphasized that interdisciplinary collaborations must be the norm because global challengesrequire a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.

Madam Erika Jean Goldson, Acting Country Director of the United Nations Population Fund

Madam Goldson noted that the world had become borderless due to technology such that people at different sides of the globe communicate and exchange ideas in ways that impact globally.  She said the theme was significant in the context of the recently adopted global framework to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. 

Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, said the theme for the conference fell in line with the University’s plans of becoming a research-intensive institution by 2024. He said the University was still committed to devoting part of its Internally Generated Funds to research to address the numerous challenges facing the country. 

There were two plenary sessions during the conference, on the topics: Prospects and challenges on the new waves of globalization and Publishing in high impact journals and grant seeking opportunities. As part of the conference, the Provost presented three awards to motivate researchers under the Provost Publication Awards for Doctoral Students. The award winners are Doctoral Student  - Ms Judith Osae, Department of Psychology, Early Career - Dr. Richmond Kwesi from the Department of Philosophy and Classics, and Mid-Career  - Dr. Gerald Yiran from the Department of Geography and Resource Development.

The conference was supported by the World Bank, Banga Africa, United Nations Population Fund and Startrite Montessori School.