Centre for African Wetlands (near “N” Block), UG - Legon

University of Ghana Pan African Doctoral School


Dr. Aziato instructing a class on using NVIVO for qualitative research
UG PADA Graduate Workshop
Graduate School


The UG Pan-African Doctoral Academy (UG-PADA) is focused on doctoral candidates at the University of Ghana and other universities in Ghana, as well as other West-African countries through the running of Doctoral Schools, to address specific skill gaps and provide opportunities for improving the knowledge of doctoral candidates.

UG-PADA aims to equip PhD scholars with methodological skills, scholarship, counseling, mentoring and career development guidance; supervisory skills and the introduction to methods of teaching and learning that will enhance their capability to train other future academics.

UG-PADA Doctoral Schools

The Doctoral Schools under the University of Ghana Pan-African Doctoral Academy (UG-PADA), will provide specialized activities over specified periods of one to two weeks on a specific topic, with interactive and practical sessions, working with experienced Professors.

The Schools will provide a different approach from the traditional methodological skills workshop and pedagogy provided in the mainstream PhD programmes and more importantly, the doctoral schools will expose PhD candidates to specialised, but holistic and targeted training, provide opportunities for cross-cultural learning, and promote scholarship across disciplines.

The Schools, which are multi-disclpinary are guided by the growing consensus that most of the relevant research driving development around the world is done by inter-disciplinary teams.

The Doctoral Schools are open to PhD candidates from UG and other Ghanaian and African Universities. 


UG-PADA Doctoral Schools will provide:

  • Specific topics with interactive and practical  sessions
  • Highly qualified Professors
  • A different approach from traditional methodological skills workshop and pedagogy provided in the mainstream PhD programmes.
  • Specialised but holistic and targeted training
  • Opportunities for cross-cultural learning and scholarship across disciplines.