The Institute of Social, Statistical and Economic Research, ISSER and the Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies on Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 held a one-day annual collaboration workshop at ISSER Annex.

It was to commemorate ten years of collaborative PhD Programme in Development Studies between the Ghanaian-German Centre of Excellence for Development Studies and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana.

The Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies is a collaborative venture between ISSER, University of Ghana and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. The Centre is being funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the Centres of Excellence for teaching and research.

The theme for the workshop was: 10 years of Collaborative Programme in Development Studies, and was attended by delegates from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn-Germany, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Ghana, ISSER Faculty, PhD students and alumni of ISSER as well as ISSER staff.

Prof. Felix Asante, director of ISSER, opened the workshop and presented the status quo of the GGCDS. He said the first phase of the PhD Programme started from 2009 to 2013 with 28 students whiles the second phase started from 2014 and scheduled to end this year.

From 2009 till now, the center has admitted 61 students of which 22 are currently working in government institutions such as the University of Ghana.

Prof. Tano-Debrah, Dean of School of Graduate Studies urged the PhD candidates to work harder, as much is expected of them. He also encouraged ISSER to do more collaboration to generate funds to support PhD students and expressed his appreciation to the partners of DAAD for their sponsorship.

Dr. Charles Ackah, former PhD Coordinator at ISSER on behalf of the lecturers at ISSER advised the PhD candidates to graduate as PhD holders of dignity and substance in order to meet the internationally competitive market since the supply of PhD graduates in the employment market exceeds its demand.

PhD students expressed their gratitude to DAAD for the opportunity which makes them fortunate not to be faced with financial constraints. They also applauded ISSER for their intellect faculty and promised not to be disappointing students but rather promising students who will go out to contribute to society

Prof. Peter Quartey suggested DAAD and ISSER trace members of the alumni to check how they are doing, where they are working and how they are contributing to development. This according to him will attract sponsors and donors to also fund more PhD students at ISSER.

The ZEF team was led by the Dr. Wolfram Laube, University of Bonn.

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