The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has stepped up its income generation drive with the introduction of three new business ventures.
The ventures, under the auspices of the University Enterprises Limited (UEL), are a water production plant, catering services and student shuttle station.
The water production plant has the capacity to produce 2,500 bottles of mineral water per hour and 1,500 bags of sachet water per day with the brand name “U-Splash”.
The sachet water is already on the market while the bottles would make appearance soon.
The university catering services with specialty in local cuisine would provide services to the university community and beyond. Work on the project started in 2012.
The student shuttle station, a Student Representative Council/management initiative, was started three years ago, to bring relief to students after years of lacking a proper bus stop.
Inaugurating them separately on Thursday, the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Domwini D. Kuupole, said the business drive was to generate funds to support the university’s activities.
He said this was to supplement funds from government which, he said, was not forthcoming as it used to.
As an instituition that runs diverse business programmes and helps students develop business ideas, he described the ventures as application of the knowledge and business principles the university imparts.
Touching on the shuttle station initiative, Prof. Kuupole encouraged the SRC to come up with innovative idea that would be of benefit to the students and the university, promising management support.
He expressed gratitude to the UEL and various stakeholders who worked on the projects for their collaboration and hard work, urging them to help sustain them.
The Chairman of the UEL, Prof. Edward Marfo-Yiadom said the enterprise, a vision of the outgoing Vice Chancellor, would also serve as a “laboratory” to its business and science students.
The university already has a fuel filling station, vegetable farm and animal husbandry which serves the university community and beyond, among other ventures.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast