The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) last Saturday held its eighth congregation for 2,575 students, who have completed various postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.
Of the number, 318 diplomats, 1,836 undergraduates and 421 postgraduate students received certifications conferred on them by the Chancellor of the university, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Drolor Bosso Adamtey I.
Special awards were also presented to 26 graduates for demonstrating exceptional skills and behaviour during the period of their study with Francis Kofi Apau receiving an award for overall best graduating student.
An honorary doctorate award as Doctor of Humane Honoris Causa was further conferred on the Chief Dele Momodu, a renowned Nigerian journalist and politician, for his immense contribution to local and international discourse while the Vice Chancellor Professor Joshua Alabi was presented with several citations in commendation for his support to the growth of the university during his 10-year period in office.
The President John Dramani Mahama, who was a special guest of honour, used the occasion to commission an ultramodern 1,600 seat capacity library which mainly consists of stack rooms that could accommodate over 30,000 books, reading rooms, Information Communication Telecommunication centres and office complex, funded partly by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) but with much higher financial support from the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) of UPSA.
President Mahama urged the graduates to equip themselves with entrepreneurial skills to enable them produce jobs that would employ many Ghanaians to help address the unemployment situation adding that “as entrepreneurs you will be creating jobs rather than have jobs created for you”.
He said government would continue to create the enabling environment for public and private businesses to strive but the onus was on professionals to develop innovative means to take advantage of the opportunities available.
He mentioned the Youth Enterprise Support initiative as part of the strategies and programmes introduced by government to support the youth in coming up with their own jobs instead of relying on the public sector which only employed 600,000 out of the 27 million population of the country.
HRM Adamtey I lauded the vice chancellor for helping to turn the fortunes of the university during his tenure from a small institute to a fully fledged university with over 12,000 population offering its own accredited graduate, postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.
He attributed the success stories of the university to the exemplary leadership skill demonstrated by Prof.Alabi, stressing that under the Vice Chancellor UPSA has expanded massively in infrastructure development and academia.
By Charles Amankwa