University of Ghana Receives € 1,634,720 from Gerda Henkel Foundation to Support Doctoral Training in the Humanities

The Vice-Chancellor and the Project Team interacting with the delegation from the Gerda Henkel Foundation

The University of Ghana has received a grant of 1,634,720 Euros from the Gerda Henkel Foundation of Germany to support the training of PhD students in the Humanities. Recognizing the critical need to strengthen teaching and research in the humanities, the Foundation is providing the support under a project titled Enhancing Doctoral Training in the Humanities to establish the University of Ghana as a sub-regional hub for training PhD scholars in the historical humanities (history, archaeology, art history, philosophy, classics and other disciplines with historical component).

The main objective of the project is to provide opportunities for additional doctoral training in the humanities, and to build a stronger network and collaboration among universities in West Africa. The University of Ghana plans to build upon successful implementation of similar projects in the past to support the creation of new generations of academics in humanities in the sub-region in keeping with the goal of transforming UG into a research-intensive university.

Briefing the Vice-Chancellor about the proposal and funding, Professor Kwame Offei, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, who led the project team, explained that a total of 30 students from the sub-region would be trained under the project. The project will fund students’ tuition, accommodation, travel, research and stipend. Professor Offei added that in line with the University’s quest for gender parity in enrolment, the project aims at a 50:50 ratio for male and female enrolment and would therefore take several concrete actions such as affirmative action on admission to encourage the enrolment of female students.

Project discussions with the delegation from the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Other members of the project team that developed the proposal were Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost, College of Humanities, Mr. Benedict Fosu Adjei, Senior Assistant Registrar, Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs and Mrs. Afia Serwaa Attrams, Research Development Officer, Office of Research Innovation and Development.

Delegation from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and University of Ghana officials in a group photograph