Prof. Kocku von Stuckrad, a distinguished Professor of Religious Studies of the University of Groningen in the Netherland, visited the Department of Religion and Human Values of the University of Cape Coast (5th-9th February 2018) to organise seminars for graduate students. The visit was part of the MoU between the University of Groningen and University of Cape Coast. The visit was facilitated by the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Cape Coast and the Department of Religion and Human Values.
Prof. J. B. A. Afful, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, who chaired the opening ceremony of the seminars, was full of praises for the Faculty of the Department of Religion and Human Value, particularly, Prof. S. Awuah-Nyamekye, the Head of Department for his initiative which has resulted in the collaboration between University of Cape Coast and the University of Groningen. The Dean mentioned how collaborations can help students and the Faculty to improve their visibility and the Universities involved. He urged the graduate students to take the seminars seriously since they stand to benefit a lot from them.
On his part, Prof. Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye, the Head of the Department of Religion and Human Values, commended Prof. Kocku for honouring his promise to visit University of Cape Coast to share his rich experience and knowledge. He said the participants would benefit immensely from the seminars, and this would go a long way to sharpen participants’ knowledge in research, which is key in post graduate studies. The themes for the seminars included:
- Writing a research proposal for funding in Europe and North America
- How to state a research problem
- The need for a theoretical/conceptual framework
- Presenting existing research in annotated bibliographies
- How to get published in high-impact journals
- How does peer-review work?
- Option for Open Access;
- The need to match the scope of journals
- Quality of abstract and text
During the visit, Prof. Kocku hinted that he is already in talks with his university to sponsor a “Winter School” to be organized at the University of Cape Coast in January, 2019.