1598 STUDENTS GRADUATE AT THE 17TH CONGREGATION OF CENTRAL UNIVERSITY10th Dec 2018
Central University on Saturday 8th December, 2018 conferred degrees various undergraduate and graduate degrees on 1598 students at its 17th congregation held at the Miotso campus.
The Chancellor, Rev Dr. Mensa Otabil, in his opening remarks congratulated the graduands and likened them to the Koy fish which grows in proportion to its immediate environment. He explained that the Koy fish’s total length when it is fully grown is determined by whether it is grown in an aquarium, a pond or a lake. He challenged the graduands to stretch and influence their world outside of CU by being good examples. He called on them to make the best of their lives and fully utilise the education and skills they had acquired during their study at Central University.
Delivering his annual address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bill Buenar Puplampu reported that the 2017/18 year had been full of great strides as well as challenges. “Within the period, our student numbers stabilised at 7,072. We enrolled 1,461 new students across all our programmes.
Our student population now has approximately 46% science enrolment with the rest taken up by Business, Law and Social Sciences. Our gender ratio is 49% female and 51% male. 7% of our students are foreign students mainly from the West African area. We have 5% graduate enrolment” he noted.
He further added that CU students participated in various study contests among which was a trip to Sweden to understudy some radio
stations in that country. Communications students also visited the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa while others participated in the Dutch Business Challenge, which CU students have dominated for 3yrs running.
The Vice-Chancellor announced that the University Council has approved the creation of our Institute for Policy & Biographical Studies to promote the research and advocacy footprint of the university. The institute will be headed by Professor Adusei Jumah a noted Economist d and Mr. Ivor Agyeman Duah a noted Biographer and Development Policy Specialist as the Associate Head.
Professor Puplampu raised concerns about the unbridled proliferation of players in the Higher Education industry. He noted that there are currently over 70 private universities and a number of technical universities all for a population of 27 million whereby most of these institutions are running essentially the same set of programmes.” We welcome external players, but we believe they should come in with new faculty, new programmes, new research foci and new agendas to support our human capital development” he stated.
He called on government to create a Human Capital Development Policy position for Ghana. “What skills are needed in 20-30yrs? What capabilities do we need to nurture?” he asked. He also requested a streamlining of modalities to enable private universities to access the GET Fund for infrastructure development at reduced rates of interest.
The Vice-Chancellor applauded the reforms that government through Hon. Professor Yankah is bringing to the regulatory space with the prospect of the Ghana Tertiary Education Authority/Commission. He added that as these changes take place there is a need for a critical review of the Access regimes for entering Universities and other Tertiary institutions. “The grade D7 is not a fail. It should therefore not be the barrier that it now is” he stated. He invited prospective students to join CU where an environment is created for the nurturing of the whole-man : body, soul and spirit. He indicated that our Christian heritage reposes on us a duty of care to ensure that our students are safe, are developed to understand the impact of ethical decisions on government and industry; and are aware that belief in God and the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ demands operationalization in the world of work, community and social change. He called on the graduating class of 2018 to be the positive change catalysts our nation and world needs.
Miss Elizabeth Maame Esi Ewudiwa, a Human Resource Management graduate from the Central Business School set a record in the history of the university by graduating with a final Grade Point Average of 4.0. She was awarded the Best Student in HRM, the Overall Best Female Student as well as the Overall Best Student and winner of the Chancellor’s Award.
The well attended congregation was graced by members of convocation, parents and well wishers as well as members of the general public.
The Registrar, Mr. Emil Afenyo moderated the ceremony.
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