UPSA Launches Two Centres Of Excellence

The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has launched two new Centres of Excellence as part of efforts by the University to expand its academic and research capacities.

The two new Centres are: Centre for Practical and Multi-disciplinary Legal Education and Training (CPMLET) and the Centre for Peace and Security Research (CPSR).

Professor Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey, Vice Chancellor, UPSA, in a speech read on his behalf, noted that the CPMLET was to promote practical and multidisciplinary legal education and training with the goal of advancing legal literacy in Ghana and to strengthen the rule of law, democracy and good governance.

“In furtherance with this vision, the CPMLET has been tasked to design academic programmes for accreditation in the field of law and in combination with the other management sciences with business specialisation programmes and create various business options with law based on industry trends and demands,” he said.

“It is expected that the multidisciplinary outlook of our law programmes will integrate theoretical and practical approaches to academic legal education through innovative measures and strategies.”

Prof Amartey said CPMLET would also roll out specialised legal literacy short courses in various aspects of law and promote interdisciplinary legal scholarship by carrying out black letter and socio-legal research activities as well as establish and manage a journal of interdisciplinary legal research.

With regards to CPSR, Prof Amartey said the establishment of the Centre comes at a time when the University had introduced a Master of Arts Degree in Peace, Security and Intelligence Management, to give graduates the specialised skills to identify, analyse and respond to emerging complex security challenges in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.

The CPSR shall be under research in key thematic areas and make its findings available through policy briefs, journals and stakeholder engagements with the aim of assisting the security sector and stakeholders to carry out their mandate effectively.

The Centre will also run short certificate courses in various security themes to enhance the professional advancement of security practitioners, government agencies and the private sectors to improve their skills and knowledge of promoting human security.

Source: GNA

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