Department of Political Science Commissions E-learning Centres

Prof. Gordon A. Awandare,  Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs (5th from right), in a group photograph with Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, Provost, College of Humanities (3rd from right) and other dignitaries at the event

The Department of Political Science, in partnership with Nasco Feeding Minds and Promo Esport, has commissioned two refurbished ICT learning centres, named after two of the oldest serving faculty members of the Department. The two centres, the J.R.A. Ayee and K. Boafo Arthur E-learning centres are equipped with ultra-modern facilities and open to all students in the School of Social Sciences at the College of Humanities.

In his welcome remarks, the Head of the Department of Political Science, Dr. Seidu Alidu, reiterated the University of Ghana’s vision of becoming a world-class research-intensive university. He indicated that in line with this, the College of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Political Science are committed to providing effective teaching and learning resources that would support relevant research and extension services, within the ambit of dependable partnerships. The commissioning of the e-learning centres is an important step towards realising the University’s vision. He, therefore, expressed his profound gratitude to the donors for their support and contributions.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs (ASA), Prof. Gordon A. Awandare, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, applauded the Department for the partnership. He also thanked the donors for the initiative and urged staff and students to ensure proper management and maintenance of the facilities and to make good use of the centres.

In his address, Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, the Provost of the College of Humanities, expressed his pleasure at the event, especially the opportunity to honour faculty who have served and continue to serve the University for over forty years. He lauded the outdooring of the e-learning centres, which he described as timely and a great opportunity to lay the foundation for the future. He indicated that the commissioning of the e-learning centres was just the beginning of preparing the current generation of students for the world of work and that “ICT is where everything is”. The Provost further expressed his gratitude to Nasco Feeding Minds and Promo Esport for the provision of the resources. He indicated the College’s readiness to expand its partnership with the company, as well as opening new areas of collaboration with other stakeholders.

Prof. George Owusu, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, expressed delight at the initiative by the Department. While expressing appreciation to the partners for assisting with the project, he took the opportunity to appeal for more support to expand the digitalisation efforts to other Departments within the School and the College.

Mr. Seidu Nuhu Banasco¸ the Executive Director of Nasco Feeding Minds, who partnered with Promo Esport in donating forty-three computers for the e-learning centres, thanked the Department and the University for giving them the opportunity to contribute to the University’s modernisation and digitalization agenda. He stated that the importance of ICT in education cannot be over-emphasised and, therefore, appealed to the University of Ghana to take the lead in starting the conversation on making ICT an autonomous subject of study at both the junior and senior high school levels in Ghana.

Mr. Daniel Pages, on behalf of Promo Esport, thanked the University of Ghana for accepting their partnership in youth development through sports and education. He hoped that this would be the beginning of a long-term relationship.

In brief remarks on behalf of himself and Prof. K. Boafo-Arthur (the honorees), Prof. J.R.A. Ayee thanked the Department of Political Science for recognising them while they were still alive and encouraged everyone to serve diligently in whatever capacity they find themselves in, without any expectation of praise. He intimated that, in his experience, “one's good deeds will always speak for them someday”.

Present at the event were other Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments, as well as faculty, students and staff from member departments of the School of Social Sciences, College of Humanities. 

Snapshots of Computers at the Centres