Accra, Oct. 5, GNA – The Centre for Migration Studies (CMS), a multi-disciplinary Centre located in the College of Humanities, University of Ghana, Legon, has launched its 10th anniversary celebration activities.
The week-long celebration scheduled for October 26 and 27, will have activities such as Radio and Television Talk shows, a public lecture on October 18, 2017, Alumni Association's Anniversary Dinner and the Anniversary Conference to climax the celebration.
About 50 migration experts are expected to give talks on various migration related topics.
Teaching forms part of the core mandate of the Centre, and being a new one, the teaching programmes were developed from scratch with Inter Faculty Working group members, through a process of consultations and workshops.
Curricula were developed for three formal programmes, namely, MA (migration Studies); M.Phil (migration Studies), and P.h.D (migration Studies). However, the Centre has currently developed short courses on specific areas of migration studies, which are yet o be implemented.
From 2010 to 2014, the centre has churned out 52 Master of Arts graduates, eight Master of Philosophy graduates and five Doctor of Philosophy graduates successfully.
Four PH.D graduates, 18 M.phils and 50 MAs have benefitted from NUFFIC sponsorships from 2010 to 2012.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Mariam Awumbila, Director of Migrating out of Poverty Consortium, CMS, Legon, said the centre was formally established by the Council of the University of Ghana in November 2006 and began formal operations with its inauguration in November, 2007.
She said the core mandate of the centre is to provide research, teaching and training, capacity building, policy assessment and dissemination in the area of migration.
Its mission is to serve as a leading centre for the study of contemporary and future migration Dynamics within and outside Ghana, through a strategic and integrated approach and the general strengthening of capacity of the University of Ghana to contribute to and influence the understanding of and approach to migration issues in Ghana.
Prof Awumbila said it became necessary to establish a Centre focusing on migration studies at the University, as migration became increasingly important in both global as well as national development agenda, and increasingly calls were being made for data, information and capacity building in the area of migration.
She said though there had been some studies and publications focusing on migration in and out of Ghana, which involved academics from different departments and institutes within the University of Ghana, scholarly work on migration did not keep pace with the tempo in the increasing flows and dimensions of both internal and international migration and the great impact of migration on the Ghanaian economy and society.
She said there had been new dimensions in the trafficking of persons, irregular migration, child and female migration, among others, it is therefore necessary to co-ordinate and sustain multi and international disciplinary research into the migration from a Central point.
She said demands such as providing information, preparing reports, delivering speeches on migration issues in Ghana, and the paucity of migration information, and lack of official policy on migration in spite of the far-reaching impacts on several areas of national life, highlights the need for a Central body to co-ordinate and sustain research into migration studies.
She was grateful to all those who helped in diverse ways to sustain the activities of the Centre, especially the donors who has been funding their projects.