SESSION SEVEN: THE ROLE OF TERTIARY AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHERN GHANA
Universities have always had a strong social mission. They work extensively within and with external parties to support their local communities. More recently, universities have been seen to play a prominent role to support and develop social enterprises, which could be through the development of a specially tailored social enterprise academic modules, student placements in a social enterprise, university staff procuring or providing services to social enterprises, or even students establishing their own social businesses.
This Session attempts to explore the major roles tertiary and research institutions can play in the regions’ development in identifying and growing talents and skills as well as providing a steady flow of workers into the economy.
In this context, this session will feature presentations and discussions that address the following questions:
- How can we work together to support a programme of incubation spaces for young entrepreneurs and to address skills and other gaps in the ladder of opportunity for talented Ghanaians living in the Northern regions?
- Is it possible for tertiary learning institutions to work closely with enterprise agencies and the government to ensure that investment decisions reflect opportunities for economic growth, business expansion and job creation?
- Is there significant scope for Agro-industries and businesses, tertiary institutions and other partners to come together to identify practical ways in which the various economic sectors of the economy can be developed on the foundations of growth to the benefit of the three Northern regions and the larger Ghanaian society?
- What can be done to develop the role of Higher learning Institutions as providers of rich resource of research and innovation for the three Northern regions?