Accra, Sept. 2, GNA – The Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has formally admitted 996 new students into the college’s community of scholars at its 19th matriculation ceremony to pursue various diploma and degree level programmes.
Parents, guardians, friends, junior and senior members of the university as well as stakeholders in education surged at the university’s main campus – Tesano in Accra – on Saturday to welcome the new students, 45 of whom are foreign nationals.
Welcoming the junior members, the President of GTUC, Nana Dr Osei Kofi Darkwa encouraged them to take up the stewardship and the challenge of the college’s rich legacy of excellence to aspire higher to achieve their dreams.
“The University provides a fulcrum around which you can achieve much your highest aspirations. Over the past years we have built here at this university an institution that is ambitious and entrepreneurial.”
“An institution that organises itself to help you get your work done, an institution that strives to provide the finest faculty, staff and facilities to support your academic work, and you will encounter an institution that in its soul, prizes excellence above all,” he said.
Dr Darkwa also told the students that they have entered the school at “a truly remarkable moment” in the history of the College, Ghana and the West African Sub-region.
He said: “You’ve have entered college at a time the university is ten years old and is currently the number one private university in Ghana, when the university has embarked on a major physical and technological infrastructural upgrade to provide learning space and cutting-edge resources to enhance your studies.
“At a time when the university has decentralised and established campuses in multiple cities within the country, has forged new partnerships and collaboration with foreign universities and industrial giants, when new higher level programmes of quality and substance have been introduced at the post-graduate and doctoral level.
“At time when our country is poised to go through perhaps the most keenly contested election in the history of the fourth republic, when the sub region is still confronted with serious political crisis, and a time when globalisation now defines the market for capital, labour and many goods and services.”
He gave the assurance that University community authorities are poised to provide the requisite academic resources, infrastructure and training to ensure that students get the best of skills and knowledge to become relevant in the job market.
Mr Gideon Quarcoo, a member of the GTUC Council said their lives would largely be defined on the campus regarding their choices in life and careers, and therefore urged them to exercise in moderation the freedom that would be accorded them on the campus.
He said they have abandoned a lot of options to choose the technology university for their career programmes and, should work hard to justify their admission as the College provides the right aids to enhance teaching and learning.
Early this last month, the College whose enrolled is more than 8000, unveiled comprehensive five-year strategic plan, aimed at repositioning technology education in Ghana to improve transfer of knowledge and skills for accelerated economic growth.
The new strategic plan replaces an old one which has elapsed, and seek to introduce new initiatives to promote cutting-edge technology education, grow students’ enrolment, expand physical infrastructure, introduce new competitive courses, carryout robust research and intensify international and local partnerships.
The plan expands from 2016 to 2021 has 10 thematic areas and strategic objectives also touches on infrastructural development, financial stability, staff welfare and development.