The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Domwini Dabire Kuupole, has called for effective partnerships between government and the Catholic Church for the establishment and management of its tertiary institutions.
Speaking at the 20th matriculation ceremony of the Catholic University College of Ghana in Fiapre, Sunyani, Professor Kuupole said, this is one way in which the Catholic church can expand its model of education and meet the expectations of the many Ghanaians who wish to see the church take center stage in the nurturing of Ghana’s future leaders, most of whom now begin tertiary education at a much younger age.
“An expanded Catholic tertiary education would offer opportunities for many of our youth to be under strict discipline while bringing out the best academic potential in these students. The church should therefore make conscious efforts to expand their education at the tertiary level since the benefits out-way the challenges.”
He said the church should explore possibilities of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with government on how to establish and manage such institutions since government has expressed the desire to establish more universities and tertiary institutions.
A total of 480 students, enrolled during the 2015/2016 August round of admissions, were on Saturday initiated into various departments to pursue programmes leading to the award of diploma, bachelors and masters qualifications in Economics and Business Administration, Public Health and Allied Sciences, Computer Science, Education and Religious Studies.
The Deputy Brong-Ahafo regional Minister, Hon. Justice Samuel Adjei, encouraged the matriculants to remain focused and make good use of the golden opportunity offered by the Catholic University. He advised them to work hard and be guided by the sacrifices of their parents who are working hard to ensure they are well educated.
Mr Adjei congratulated the newly-admitted students for making it out of the many applicants and asked them to help maintain the school’s image by obeying the rules of the institution.
“I wish to also congratulate all students matriculating today, for successfully obtaining admission to pursue your dreams in the university. You should abide by the rules and regulations and be of good behaviour while pursuing your studies, in order to keep promoting the positive image of the school.”
On his part, Monsignor Dr. John Opoku-Agyemang, member of the university’s governing council, urged the new entrants to take their seniors who were graduating on the same day as their mentors and work hard to achieve greater laurels.
“Don’t waste your time on what is mere fashionable, what startles the eyes and what just gives pleasure. Spend time on what will stimulate your minds for critical thinking and good character formation. hit the ground running with your studies”
The Acting Vice Chancellor of the CUCG, Dr. Anthony Bonnah Koomson, welcomed the fresh men and woman and encouraged them to give off their best.
The CUCG currently has a student population of 3,409 and made up of 1888 males and 1,521 females.