ABOUT THE DIRECTORATE
The Directorate of Research and Innovation (DRI) was established in the year 2022 to promote and facilitate all research and innovation related activities in Ho Technical University (HTU). The functions and activities of the Directorate include but not limited to identifying research funding sources and modes of acquisition, dissemination of research findings, ensuring that research and innovations conform to approve ethical standards, evaluation of research effectiveness and impact, as well as building research capacity of faculty members through cutting-edge training across the research and innovation ecosystem. The Directorate strives to streamline the processes of research and innovation by continuously exploring key research areas, and designing strategies for the accomplishment of research goals in line with the University’s Research Strategic Plan.
MISSION AND VISION OF THE DIRECTORATE
To become a Directorate of Excellence by actively promoting and facilitating research and innovation for HTU faculty, staff and students while complying with all required administrative standards of research.
The Directorate strives to make HTU a leading research institution in partnership with stakeholders through capacity building trainings, and research and creative scholarly activities of faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Emmanuel Letsyo is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Food Science and Technology and until his appointment as the Acting Director of the Directorate of Research and Innovation was the Head of Food Science and Technology Department from July, 2018 to August, 2022. Dr. Letsyo is a Food Chemist with deep interest in analyzing toxicants in food and herbal products and their health implication. He has also been involved in research activities in the application of Countercurrent chromatography, GC-MS, LC-MS and NMR techniques in the separation and purification of bioactive compounds in plant materials. He has extensive experience, with over 26 years of experience in teaching in both second cycle and tertiary institutions, in research collaborations with partners in both developed and developing countries.
Dr. Letsyo holds a PhD in Food Chemistry from Brunswick University of Technology, Germany. He also graduated with a BSc. in Chemistry and MSc. in Food Science and Technology both from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Dr. Letsyo has held several prestigious scholarships including German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Government of Ghana scholarships (2013-2017).
As the Head of Department of Food Science and Technology (2018-2022), Dr. Letsyo established collaboration with several food industries, developed curricula for accreditation and re-accreditation purposes, submitted proposals for new programmes for the consideration of GTEC and obtained funding for the development of the Department. He vigorously pursued an agenda of equipping the Food Science and Technology laboratories and was instrumental in the donation of equipment and accessories worth over 80,000 Ghana Cedis to the Department in 2017.
Dr. Letsyo has been a member and chaired a number of committees in the University. He has reviewed for more than 10 different international journals and authored/coauthored more than 30 journal and conference papers.
In his current role as the Acting Director of the Directorate of Research and Innovation, Dr. Letsyo is overseeing and promoting external and internal research funding, technology transfer and intellectual property protection and commercialization, research collaborations and dissemination.
Dr. Emmanuel Letsyo
(Ag. Director, DRI)
MANDATE OF THE DIRECTORATE
In support of the overall mandate of Ho Technical University, the mandate of the DRI is enshrined in Statute 27 of the Ho Technical University Statute of August, 2018. The Directorate is to:
OPERATIONAL UNITS OF THE DIRECTORATE
The Directorate is headed by a Director who reports to the Vice Chancellor through the Pro-Vice-Chancellor. It consists of five (5) operational units that attend to the day-to-day duties of the Directorate. The Directorate collaborates with four main offices/committees/centres in accomplishing its mandate. Currently, the Directorate is headed by Dr. Emmanuel Letsyo, the Ag. Director of the Directorate and administratively supported by Mr. Jonathan Jojoe Tuokumah, an Assistant Registrar, seconded to the Directorate.
The five (5) operational units of DRI are outlined below:
Dr. Emmanuel Letsyo
Ag. Director, DRI
024 488 3180
Mr. Jonathan J. Tuokumah
024 398 0209
G. M. Afeti Auditorium Wing (Glass house)
Ho Technical University
P.O. Box HP 217
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