THE Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) at Fiapre, near Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region, has held its 7th matriculation ceremony with a call on the students to dress decently for all school programmes.
The students have been reminded that “decent dressing was the law on the university’s campus, they must dress appropriately, no expensive T-shirts for classes or events, no ‘autofistas’, no extensive exposure of their bodies or potential and physical attributes”.
The Vice Chancellor of the CUCG, Prof. John Hawkins Ephraim, made the call at the matricultaion ceremony of the university, which took place at its permanent site at Fiapre.
Since its establishment in March 2003, academic work of the university has been taking place at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, off the Sunyani-Techiman main road.
In all, 622 freshmen and women were admitted for the 2008//2009 academic year to pursue various undergraduate and graduate programmes in Public Health and Allied Sciences, Information Communication Sciences and Technology, Education, Economics and Business Administration and Master of Science (M. Sc) in Administration respectively.
This year’s number of students admitted represents an increase of 56 per cent over the 398 students admitted during the same period last year.
The fresh students swore the matriculation oath and pledged to abide by the rules and regulations governing the university.
The Vice Chancellor said in the immediate future, the university would introduce new undergraduate programmes in Agriculture and Environmental Science, Actuarial Science (Financial Mathematics), Mathematics with Finance, Mathematics with Economics and Nursing.
Prof. Ephraim urged the students to study hard and develop a critical thinking habit and also use their time wisely.
He asked them to aim at striking a balance between study and play, saying even with a bit of luck, they can learn a lot in their play.
“Discipline should be your key word and moderation must underpin all your activities”, he stated.
He said the university’s administration was transparent and therefore urged the students to always provide their names to any suggestions or complaints they made to the authorities, to enable serious considerations to be made, since anonymous letters would not be tolerated.
Prof. Ephraim noted 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.
He said the university would engage the best brains both within the country and from international circles as lecturers.
The university started in March 2003 with 50 students, but has steadily increased to 1,280, the Vice Chancellor disclosed.
The Episcopal Chairman of the University, the Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, 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 their nation.