In an address, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey underscored the three main things that motivated the university to publish the readers.
Prof. Aryeetey revealed that, “the Readers are to provide an opportunity for an introspection that will lead to better managed disciplines, better understood disciplines and disciplines ready for a new future”.
“The first was to provide an opportunity for each discipline to understand itself better while taking stock of its evolution in the university”, he added.
He also stated the second reason for their motivation as the provision of an opportunity for individuals and departments to work towards a common project.
“The third was to develop materials that was relevant to the teaching programs of various units and help our students to understand the local context of their academic programs in relation to the wider global context”, Prof. Aryeetey emphasized.
On his part, Justice Dr. S.K Date-Bah, Chairman of the University of Ghana council who officially and symbolically launched the books described the Readers as important to the scholarly life of Ghana.
“There is no doubt that the UG Readers have made an important contribution to the intellectual life this nation”, he said.
He also commended the entire team of the UG Readers and the general reading public as well as those with special interest in the disciplines concerned.
The University of Ghana Readers is the single largest publishing initiative of an African University.
They are collections of essays reflecting developments in the discipline or sub-discipline over the years since the department or institute was founded.
In all, twelve Readers were launched with another six expected to be published soon were on display.
The Readers are in the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Clinical Sciences and Physical and Life Sciences.
Credit: Nii Larte Lartey