By Samuel Duodu, Fiapre
SIX hundred and twenty-two freshmen and women who were admitted for the 2008//2009 academic year to pursue various undergraduate and graduate programmes at the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) matriculated at the permanent site of the university at Fiapre, near Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo Region at the weekend.
Since its establishment in March 2003, academic work of the university had been taking place at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, off the Sunyani-Techiman road.
This year’s admission represents an increase of 56 per cent over the 398 students admitted during the same period last year. The freshmen and women who swore the matriculation oath, pledged to abide by the rules and regulations governing the university
Speaking at the matriculation ceremony, the Vice Chancellor of the CUCG, Professor John Hawkins Ephraim, stated that the university started in March 2003 with 50 students, but had steadily grown and now had a population of 1,280.
He stated that the CUCG would continue to provide access to tertiary education in a holistic manner and would combine innovative teaching with excellence in the utilisation of God’s knowledge for the advancement of mankind,”
Prof. Ephraim disclosed that the university would continue with its infrastructural development at the permanent campus as well attract the best brains both within the country and from international circles to be engaged as lecturers.
The Vice Chancellor further disclosed that the university in the immediate future would introduce new undergraduate programmes in Agriculture and Environmental Science, Actuarial Science (Financial Mathematics), Mathematics with Finance, Mathematics with Economics, and Nursing.
He stated that the university’s administration was transparent, and therefore urged the students to always provide their suggestions or complaints with their names to enable them to be seriously considered, since no anonymous letters would be tolerated.
The Vice Chancellor entreated the students to dress appropriately for events, saying, “Decent dressing is the law. No expensive T-shirts for classes; no Otto Pfister’s, no extensive exposure of self/potentials/physical attributes.”
Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Episcopal Chairman of the University, who is also the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, for his part urged the students to allow the university to shape them morally, spiritually and academically to serve the nation.