School of Social Sciences Organizes First Colloquium

Professor Dr. Dr. Daniel Buor giving his keynote address

The School of Social Sciences of the College of Humanities has organized its first Colloquium since it became a School under the collegiate system. Under the Faculty of Social Sciences, which transitioned into the School of Social Sciences, seven successful Colloquia were organised over the years 2008 to 2014.

The 2-day Colloquium was on the theme, “Theory and Practice of Social Sciences in a Changing World”.

The keynote address was delivered by Professor Dr. Dr. Daniel Buor, Vice-Chancellor of Valley View University. The opening ceremony was chaired by the Provost of the College of Humanities, Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah.

Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Chairperson for the occasion

Professor Charity Akotia, Dean of the School of Social Sciences

In her opening address, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Professor Charity Akotia expressed her excitement about the successful organization of the Colloquium. She expressed her appreciation to the participants and the organizing team.

Prof. Akotia noted that “the world in which we live continues to change and therefore requires an adaptable social science that reflects these changes over time across cultures and space”. She added that closing the gap between theory and practice is important in contemporary social science in order to make current practices relevant to the development of society.

The opening ceremony was attended by over two hundred and fifty participants from the School as well as from other departments in the University, participants from industry, Bank of Ghana and the National Development Planning Commission.

On day two of the Colloquium there was a plenary session addressed by Dr. Eric Osei-Assibey of the Department of Economics on the topic “The State of Ghana’s Economy: Pitfalls and Prospects”.  A period of questions and contributions accompanied the presentation.

Dr. Eric Osei-Assibey addressing the plenary session



Participants during some of the sessions

As part of the Colloquium, the School held an awards ceremony to acknowledge the contributions of some Faculty and staff of the school.

Dr. Daniel Danquah, receiving the Most Promising Young Scholar for the 2013/2014 academic year.

Dr. Martin Oteng-Ababio, displaying his award for Best Researcher for the 2013/2014 academic year

Dr. Edward Nketiah-Amponsah, receiving the Best Lecturer award for the 2013/2014 academic year

Mr. Peter Juayire, receiving the Best Worker for the 2013/2014 academic year

Professor Kwabena Asomanin Anaman being given the Special Award for meritorious service in recognition of his immense contribution as the Editor of the Social Science Journal since August 2012.