e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture

A bibliometric study

The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.

This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.

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Rising Rate of Private Universities in Ghana: The Case for Public and Private Support


Ghana has changed from being agricultural dependent nation to service and to conceptual and knowledge-based age; therefore, academics must help close this gap. However, with the rising rate of Ghana's population, and an increase in secondary school graduates each year, many qualified students do not gain admission in the tertiary education institutions due to lack of space and financial assistance. Are there sufficient incentives on efficiency grounds for additional public and private investment in tertiary education and other policy insights that would address this problem? This paper attempts to estimate the private and social benefits of tertiary education in Ghana, which includes contribution of education not only on economic growth, but also on other nonmonetary benefits, which leads to economic development and human welfare. Specifically, the paper examines the impact of an increase in the proportion of private and public expenditure as percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) spent on higher education in Ghana, both the market and the non-market (better health, poverty reduction, total fertility, population growth, life expectancy, lower crime rate, improved civic institutions, cleaner environment, and lower public health) direct and indirect effects are considered. The social benefits of tertiary education with its relation to cost are the basic economic justification for public and private support of education. Therefore, we estimate the net contribution of tertiary education to Ghana's economic development using a simulation model. The simulation model contains regressions, which are based on worldwide data, but are updated using nationwide data to be able to estimate the effects of tertiary education in Ghana. We also analyzed the impact 'cost discrimination' method and outmigration of qualified Ghanaian professionals on the social non-market benefits. We proposed financial assistance for the academically qualified poor students. To reduce the outmigration of skilled manpower and also help the government to recover some of the resources invested in higher education, we propose a 2-year Associate Degree program, which is relatively cheaper, and in turn would drastically reduce the brain drain and help the Ghanaian economy to progress faster. The estimates show that a 2-year degree program can potentially improve the net social benefits of tertiary education in Ghana. For example, it will lead to better own health. It can also assist us to appraise the loss to Ghana's economic development for not sufficiently supporting tertiary education.

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    Data keywords
    • knowledge
    • knowledge based
    Agriculture keywords
    • agriculture
    Data topic
    • knowledge transfer
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