The CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST) is targeting at least a ten-fold increase in the output of postgraduate training in Ghana within the next decade. This, the College believes will not only raise the nation’s economy but will also significantly contribute to sustainable development.
The Board Chairman of CCST, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, made this statement during the inaugural congregation of the College which was held at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Fumesua-Kumasi.
In all, twenty (20) graduates from the various departments of the College were awarded with Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees after successfully completing their programmes. Some key personalities at the event included the Director-General and the Deputy
Director-General of the CSIR, Prof. Victor Kwame Agyeman and Prof. Paul Pinnock Bosu respectively, the CSIR Council Chairman, Prof. Robert Kingsford Adaboh, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, a representative of His Royal Majesty, the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II and the keynote speaker, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), under whose mandate the CSIR falls.
Prof. Anamuah-Mensah whose address was given virtually, admonished the nation to pay critical attention to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) since these have helped raised the economies of several other countries to very high levels. He further lamented on the very low rate of researchers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Quoting the 2017 UNESCO Institute for Statistics data, he mentioned that on the average, sub-Saharan Africa had only 88 researchers per million people, compared to the global average of 1, 081 researchers per million.
He said the vision of CCST is to become the leading provider of quality science and technology education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa and as such the College uses the triple helix model of innovation, which involves intensive interaction with industry and government in order to improve economic and social development.
He indicated that the CCST will continue to work hard in order to achieve its mission and vision.
Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, who was the keynote speaker at the event congratulated the graduates and urged them to be aggressive and passionate in their chosen fields.
The occasion also marked the official investiture of the President of the College, Prof. Mark Appiah, who until his appointment was the Deputy Director of the CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana. He encouraged the graduates to never give up in the face of adversity, saying “As you launch out into the world, chase your dreams and pursue excellence. Never stop learning so you become worthy ambassadors of CCST.”
The CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST), is an institution birthed out of the research and development experiences of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (the CSIR). The CSIR is the nation’s premier research institution established in 1958 to conduct scientific and technological research in the broad disciplines of agriculture, industry, environment, and some aspects of health, and transfer technologies generated by its research institutes for national socio-economic development.
The College is an Applied Research College that operates within the research facilities of the thirteen (13) institutes of the CSIR with departments such as Natural Resources Management, Plant Resources Development, Soil Resources Management, Agro-Processing Technology/Food Bio-sciences, Fisheries Science/Aquaculture and Animal Resources Development
The College accredited by the National Accreditation Board and is also affiliated to the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
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