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The Central University College was founded by the International Central Gospel Church in Accra, Ghana. It started off as a pastoral training institute in 1988. It was then known as the Central Bible College by June 1991. It later became the Central Christian College in 1993 and eventually became the Central University College in 1997. Among the stated aims of the university is to provide an "integrated and biblically-based tertiary education with particular reference to the needs of the African continent". It is currently the biggest private university in Ghana. Wikipedia.

Asamoah M.K.,Central University College of Ghana | Osafo J.,University of Ghana | Agyapong I.,Ghana Christian University College
Mental Health, Religion and Culture | Year: 2014

Against the backdrop of the current discourse on how religious groups are engaged in mental health in Ghana and how to properly engage them in mental health-care delivery, this study sets out to examine the views of 20 male Pentecostal clergy on the role of their churches in mental health-care delivery in Ghana. Thematic analysis was used to analyse interview transcripts. Findings showed that Pentecostal clergy lean more towards a diabolical explanatory model of mental health than a biomedical perspective. There are three roles of the church from the clergy's perspectives: exorcism, social support and health education. These roles are however hampered by certain barriers. The implication for strategies of establishing collaborative framework is discussed. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Source

Dzogbenuku R.K.,Central University College of Ghana
Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce | Year: 2013

This study seeks to determine a set of attributes that influence the adoption mobile banking innovation among university students in Ghana since most banks have started reaching their customers directly via mobile phones. A quantitative approach was used to obtain data collect from cohort of 550 undergraduate students who are frequent users of mobile phone devices. Data was analysed with SPSS software which measured factors such as relative advantage, compatibility, observability, complexity, perceived risk, trialability and service satisfaction as critical factors influencing the adoption of mobile banking in Ghana. Further, the study revealed that mobile banking was compatible with their life styles. This research adds value to existing studies on mobile banking especially in Sub Saharan African where adoption of mobile phone innovation has become the lifestyle of people hence commercial banks are using it to promote their services. Mobile banking projects Ghana as an emerging innovation adopter and a catalyst for Africa's socio- economic development. Finally, it provides opportunity for marketers at strategic positions in telecommunication and banking sectors to focus on student cohort as essential target market for rapid growth. © Robert Kwame Dzogbenuku, 2013. Source

Osafo J.,University of Ghana | Agyapong I.,Ghana Christian University College | Asamoah M.K.,Central University College of Ghana
International Journal of Culture and Mental Health | Year: 2015

As Ghana seeks to improve mental healthcare services delivery, there is a heightened discourse regarding the role religious groups can play in the process. Whilst there is a general admission that there can be collaborative framework with faith-based treatments toward a holistic delivery of mental healthcare, the anxieties concerning the unverifiable nature of their services and reported abuses of patients appears to hamper this collaboration. In an attempt to carefully delineate and bring to the fore the role of religious groups in mental health, 12 clergy from a specific Christian strand called the neo-prophetic Christian ministries (or churches) were interviewed. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis, findings show that these clergy view mental illness as a spiritual problem rather than a biomedical one. The treatments they prescribe for mental illness fall within two major approaches: the hope induction approach and the prophetic deliverance approach. Assessment of cure of illness involves observation of restored orientation, self-care and community participation and perceived complete exorcism. We conclude that Christian groups are actively involved in mental healthcare delivery and that policy can focus on sanitizing and improving these services into mainstream mental healthcare services in Ghana. © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Source

Hilson G.,University of Surrey | Hilson A.,Royal Holloway, University of London | Adu-Darko E.,Central University College of Ghana
Journal of Rural Studies | Year: 2014

This paper brings some clarity to the debate on Chinese participation in Ghana's artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of Chinese nationals have migrated to rural Ghana, where they have proceeded to extract gold, for the most part undeterred, illicitly. The perceived impacts of this migration have captured the interest of the global public and attracted considerable media attention. The Government of Ghana has responded, albeit rather pedestrianly, to mounting concerns by assembling a National Task Force to 'flush out' illegal miners. It is argued here, however, that this will only provide short-term relief because the issue being tackled - growing Chinese participation in ASM - is the latest 'expression' of a much bigger problem: namely the sector's perpetual informality, brought about by an excessively-bureaucratic legalization process and failure, on the part of the government and donors, to deliver adequate and appropriate support to desperate operators. The key to reducing the inflow of Chinese migrants to Ghana's mining regions is adequately addressing the root causes of this informality. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Kursah M.B.,Central University College of Ghana
Applied GIS | Year: 2014

Unlike many studies which simply generate least-cost paths, this paper develops a geospatial methodology for amalgamating many geoenvironmental factors in order to determine the costs of construction for predefined or existing roads. The geo-environmental factors used were elevation, presence of watercourses, soil characteristics and land cover type. They were reclassified to cost values/attribute weights based upon their impact on road construction, and they were then combined, using the weighted overlay tool in ArcMap, to generate a thematic cost layer. The total construction cost for each road was then extracted from this layer using the Extract by Mask tool. Although the cheapest road was longer, it less costly by 3.2%, mainly because of its higher elevation, avoidance of major valleys, suitable soils and less problematic land cover, all of which reduced the need for cut-and-fill and culverts. It is suggested, therefore, that government agencies adopt this powerful technique for reliable and well integrat road planning and assessment. Nevertheless, the method could be improved by including additional factors such as proneness to floods and access to people and socioeconomic activities. Source

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