VC APPEARS BEFORE THE APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE OF PARLIAMENT

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kwesi Yankah has indicated his preparedness to ensure that private universities are given consideration for equitable distribution of the GETFUND to enable them run their institutions.

According to him, extending the GETFUND allocation to private universities will help salvage their indebtedness to banks and also help those on the point of being liquidated to be independent and keep them focused on their core mandate of producing high level human resource for the country. He also made mention of the high taxes regime on the operations of private universities be they profit or non-profit institutions.

Prof Yankah, who has been nominated as the Minister of State for Tertiary Education made this known when he took his turn at the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

He explained that there should not be any distinction in the disbursement of the GETFUND since students of the private universities are also citizens and as such, should have equal access to the fund.

To this end, he has promised to collaborate with the sector minister to ensure that private universities are considered in the allocation of funds for research, scholarships and other GETFUND releases as enjoyed by the public universities.

The Minister designate further indicated that the contribution of private universities in the country could not be overlooked, notwithstanding their struggle for survival against the backdrop of mentorship fees paid to public universities for mentoring them before they receive their charters as autonomous institutions.

He also broke the myth surrounding the high fee payment being charged by private universities. Prof Yankah revealed that most public universities were thriving on the fee paying options by enrolling new students into programs that fetched income for private universities and so  contribute significantly to their Internally Generated Funds (IGF) base to augment the government subventions which is not consistent and also not accessible to private universities. He also argued that some of the fees were even much higher than the fees charged by private universities for similar programs. He therefore reiterated the call for fairness and equity.

Speaking on the introduction of new programs in public universities, Prof Yankah said the universities had veered off their core mandate in order to raise revenue describing the situation as “mission creep” adding that “It is clear that over the years, they have left behind their original mandates for which they were established. The University of Cape Coast was originally for science education, Legon also started as a liberal arts institution. They eventually tended to rollout science and engineering programmes from their own experience”.

He also advised aged faculty members to mentor the young ones to take over from them when they exited. “Leave the scene when you have to but make sure to responsibly train the new ones. Mentoring ought to be intensified so that you are not wasted”, counselled Prof. Yankah.

CENTRAL ADMITS 720 STUDENTS AT 18TH MATRICULATION CEREMONY

Central University has held its 18th matriculation ceremony for 534 fresh students admitted into the University during the February admission window. These students matriculated this year increases the total number enrolled to 1800 students. Out of this number, 68 students were enrolled at the Kumasi campus. Remarkably, the graduate school recorded 157 admissions which is 38.1 percent of this year’s admissions.

Addressing the matriculants at the Trinity Hall of the University at the Miotso campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kwesi Yankah congratulated the fresh students, especially those from the Kumasi campus for gaining admission into the University.

He said, although the matriculation was the second to be held this academic year for students in Accra, it is, however, the first for students from the Kumasi campus since taking off in September 2016.

He assured parents of the matriculates that their choice of University was not a leap in the dark and called on the students to make use of the opportunities available in Central University to advance their lives. He mentioned the exceptional academic track record of Central University touching on the experience and quality of the members of the University Board, the quality staff and faculty which has culminated in numerous awards the university have received in recent times.

These awards, the Vice Chancellor mentioned included the Head of States award as the Best Tertiary Institution in Ghana in 2015 and the Socrates award as the Best University and Manager in 2014 by the European Business Assembly. These achievements culminating in the granting of a presidential charter in 2016 as the high point in this remarkable journey of the university.

Describing the university as an academic paradise, Professor Yankah enumerated some prominent personalities who have being associated with the University notably Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (Vice President of Ghana) who served as a visiting professor in Economic Governance between 2015 and 2016. He also mentioned the Finance Minister and Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta and Prof Frompong Boateng respectively ( former University Council Members) and Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Memberof Parliament for Krowor, who is also an alumnus of the University among others.

He also acknowledged the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Wood, the former Dean of Central Law Faculty, and Professor Ken Attafuah who now heads the National Identification Authority.

Professor Yankah also revealed that the University will soon rollout some new programmes such as degrees in Midwifery and Public Health.

Ing. Frederick Kofi Asare Yeboah, a University Council member and the Chancellor’s representative at this year’s matriculation in his speech noted that the students were privileged to be admitted into CU considering the fact that the University had attained Charter status last year to award its own degrees. He reminded them that success in their chosen field and studies will be determined by how they utilize the opportunities and the enabling environment that has been created for them.

Ing Yeboah said Central raises practical transformational and moral leaders who are greatly influenced by the virtues of faith, integrity and excellence.

He, on behalf of the Chancellor congratulated the Vice- Chancellor, Professor Kwesi Yankah on his nomination as Minister of State responsible for Tertiary Education.

The celebrated Poet, Nana Asaase also uplifted the gathering with a motivational piece challenging the students to aspire towards greatness irrespective of the current challenges since others have overcame such odds to achieve greatness.

The Registrar, Mr. Emil Afenyo administered the matriculation oath after the Dean of Students, Rev. Dr. Fred Brako had presented them for matriculation.

CBS Holds Lecture on ‘How to Avoid Plagiarism in Academic Writing’

The Dean’s Research Club (DRC) of the Central Business School (CBS) held its second Lecture on ‘How to Avoid Plagiarism in Academic Writing’ at Central University, Christ Temple on Wednesday, 1st March, 2017. The overall objective of the lecture was to build capacity of the Faculty in the area of research this time around with emphasis on practical ways of avoiding plagiarism in academic manuscripts in order to reduce the similarity index thereby increasing the chances of it being published in reputable journals. The lecture attracted 23 participants, mainly faculty drawn from the various departments in CBS and the Law School. It was delivered in three sessions. The first session provided insights into what is meant by plagiarism, how bad it is, as well as, how to detect and eliminate plagiarism in manuscripts. The second session was a hands-on practical session where attendees were taken through a demonstration and explanation of the features of the plagiarism detector software in the ‘Blackboard Learn app’ of Central University. The participants tried their hands on the software by uploading a document of their choice to detect the extent of plagiarised text in their documents. The third session involved a lecture on the importance and consequence of plagiarism which was concluded with an advice to attendees on how to train themselves to avoid plagiarism in their academic manuscript write-ups. In addition, participants were provided with web links to computer based plagiarism and similarity index computation software as well as slides of the first presentation which contained other relevant information regarding similarity index computation and some biggest stories of plagiarism in 2016. Mr. Justice Djokoto, Central University Research Co-ordinator, Mr. Samuel Quarcoo of the Centre for Distance Education and Dr. Justina Dugbazah, Director of Research, Central University were the facilitators. Dr. Justina Dugbazah on her part explained the rationale behind the Central University Policy for establishing the Research Directorate. She encouraged all faculty and senior administrative staff to take advantage of ‘Central University Research Fund’. The Lecture was organized by the Public Lecture and Colloquium Committee (PLCC) whose role among others is to help improve and increase research activities in the Central Business School.

MR. DAVID ABBEY VOTED AS CU TIER 2 PENSIONS BOARD MEMBER

The Junior Staff of Central University voted to elect Mr. David Abbey as their representative on Central University TIER 2 PENSIONS BOARD in Friday’s election which saw him winning 53.7% of the vote. Mr. Abbey, a staff of Central University currently assigned to the Audit Directorate of the University defeated Mr. Emmanuel Bleboo, Mr. Emmanuel Obeng, Mr. Benjamin Brown, Mr. William Jinjong and Mr. Jeffrey Owusu in a keenly contested election.

Out of the 77 junior staff who were eligible to vote, 54 voted representing a turnout of 70.12%. Employed in 2008 as a Library Clerk, Mr. Abbey is currently a level 400 Business Administration Student in Central University. An elated David Abbey expressed his profound gratitude to his colleagues for the trust reposed in him. ‘I am so happy. The huge margin shows the great confidence my colleagues have in my ability to do the job. I promise them that during my tenure, I will be transparent and keep the updated on every development on the various boards and committees on which I will be representing them.” He said.

The 35-year old Mr. Abbey will replace Mr. Bright Antwi now promoted to the Senior Staff level.

 

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