The Accra Technical University (ATU), formerly known as Accra Polytechnic, has held its 24th matriculation for 4,528 fresh students admitted to pursue various Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes.
Of the number, 1,886, representing 41 per cent, were females, while 2,642 representing, 59 per cent, were males.
Speaking at the matriculation ceremony in Accra yesterday, the acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sylvester Achio, noted that 53 per cent of the number were offered admission into the School of Business and Management Studies.
He said 1,041 fresh students representing 28 per cent, were also admitted into the School of Applied Science and Arts, while 815 students, representing 18 per cent, were placed in the School of Engineering.
According to Prof Achio, about 7,003 applications were received by the university for the 2016/2017 academic year, but 5,591 were offered admission with only 4,528 registering and reporting for the matriculation.
He advised the students to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the ATU, especially in the area of skill development, to build a strong foundation for their lives.
“At ATU, we do not tell students what to think but how to take charge of their thinking and how to learn. Our teaching is designed to produce intellectual self-reliance people and those who can be independent in their judgement, innovative and critical in their analysis,” Prof. Achio stressed.
He said infrastructure such as classroom blocks, medical and sporting facilities as well as well-furnished centres and a library had been provided to enhance tuition.
Prof. Achio explained that a new pilot-based Wi-Fi project has been launched on campus to support electronic learning activities while a centre to provide practical learning has been built to give students best exposure.
He stated that partnership formed by the university with other institutions locally and internationally with countries like China, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, United States and United Kingdom has paved the way for students to do exchange programmes.
“Apart from these, we have linkages with numerous industries for attachment and internship programmes. We, therefore, urge you to remain engaged with the university and its mission,“ Prof. Achio said.
He urged the students to remain committed to their studies and eschew behaviours that would be inimical to their academic excellence.
Prof. Achio noted that some students did not make meaningful impact in society because they failed to focus and dedicate much of their time to building their potentials, adding “your primary aim here is to study, develop your skills and graduate with flying colours”.
By Charles Amankwa