Dr. Benjamin Archibald Afful, a senior lecturer at the Department of English has stated that the University of Cape Coast is too late in the establishment of writing unit which is in line with the internationalization of higher education.
He made this remark at the launching of a new writing unit under the Department of Communication Studies of the university on Thursday, February 20, 2014.
“All over the world, there are writing centers, when I visited Singapore in 2002, there was a writing center which was heavily patronized by both students and lecturers and when I visited South Africa in 2006, they also had a writing center” he said.
He maintained that the new writing unit does not only belong to the Department of Communication Studies that is housing it but for the entire university, stressing that, that was the reason why the university’s academic board approved of it and called on the entire members of the university community to make maximum use of the unit.
The writing unit has the objectives of editing, proofreading and formatting of theses, long essays, research articles, conference papers, critical reviews and specialized reports.
The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Edu-Buandoh who chaired the launch urged lecturers, senior research assistants and students to volunteer their time and knowledge to ensure the functioning of the unit and promised that very soon the unit would be transformed into a separate center which would form a critical aspect in the production of knowledge.
The Head of Department of Communication Studies, Dr. Philip Gborsong on his part noted that the idea for the establishment of a writing unit was mooted in 2009 in response to the numerous demands by Faculty, students and the corporate organizations for an authentic source where difficulties concerning writing could be conveniently addressed.
He said, the unit will go in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies and Research to proofread, edit and detect plagiarism in theses of postgraduate students with a software
He however stated that the unit will not edit assignments of students.
The unit which is located next to the General Office of the Department of Communication Studies would be run by funds charged from clients.
story: Abdul-Karim Mohammed Awaf