On 10th June, 2019 a three-member team of evaluators from the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), Centre of African Excellence University of Bonn, visited the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, University of Ghana, to evaluate the ten year PhD Programme by ISSER. DAAD is a major sponsor of the PhD Programme.  

The team interacted with the ISSER management team led by the Director, Prof Felix Asante and they were quizzed from the processes and criteria of selection of students for the PhD programme to the current location of candidates. The evaluation assessed the project sustainability and the developmental challenges of the programme.  

The team also paid a courtesy call on the Acting Vice- Chancellor of the University of Ghana Prof Kwame Offei, Pro –Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students Affairs) for further discussion on the ISSER-DAAD collaborative PhD Programme and where alumni are working in the area of teaching, private and public sectors.

The DAAD team met with the students and alumni of the centre for brief discussions.

Members of the team were: Prof Christof Hastmann, University of Duisburg-Essen; Mr Aitor Perez, External Evaluator; and Ms. Eva Rotheupieler, DAAD Programmes Officer.

The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, University of Ghana on Tuesday 28th May, 2019 begun the second in the series of short courses lined up for 2019. The course, Research Methodology and Report Writing aims at providing participants with understanding of research processes; from proposal development to writing of the research report. It also includes the most current data collection and analysis techniques in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

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The 2019 Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) Short Courses began with the introduction of a much-sought after course, Executive Leadership in Monitoring and Evaluation, (M&E). The short course in Monitoring and Evaluation is targeted at public and private sector executives and seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The course covers concepts and tools for monitoring and evaluating public and private sector development programmes.

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A consortium of five led by the National University of Ireland, (NUI) Galway including the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research(ISSER), University of Ghana has launched a summary report of five years of research into violence against women and children. The event took place on Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 at ISSER Conference Facility. Others in the consortium are DFID, ipso MORI and International Centre for Research on Women.

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Congratulations! Three PhD students Mr. Francis Dompae, Mr. Alexis Beyuo and Miss Andaratu Achuliwor Abdallah of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana passed their oral examinations on Thursday, 11th April, and Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 held at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) and the Department of Economics, University of Ghana.

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Professor Felix Ankomah Asante, Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research on Thursday, 28th March, 2019 delivered his Inaugural Lecture on the Topic: The Linkage between Agriculture, Nutrition and Health: Issues for Research and Policy. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, chaired the lecture at the Great Hall, University of Ghana.

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