The Don Bosco University (DBU), headquartered in India, is planning to open a regional university centre in Ghana to contribute to the provision of quality higher education for the youth.
The move, which is part of the university’s plan to expand its coverage to West Africa, is to enable more people in the region to access its education programmes towards improving the human resource base in the sub-region.
The centre, which would help to improve the facilitation of the university’s distance learning programme, which more Ghanaians and Africans in general were currently accessing, is expected to culminate into the establishment of a Ghana campus of Don Bosco University.
Fr. Dr. Stephen Mavely, Vice Chancellor of the university, announced this during an interaction with graduating foreign students, including this reporter, at the fourth convocation of the university in Guwahati, India on Thursday.
The centre, which would add to the growing network of Don Bosco institutions around the globe, would help to enhance interaction between course facilitators and distance learning students in the sub-region.
According to Dr. Mavely, the necessary approval was being sought for the opening of the centre, while the accreditation requirements for the establishment of the campus were being assessed.
More than 300 Ghanaian students have enrolled for the university’s distance learning programme, as more Ghanaians and others in the sub-region express access to Don Bosco’s higher education programmes.
He gave the assurance that the university’s programmes would continue to be improved and tailored to meet professional and job market needs, indicating that the university was committed in collaborating with other institutions in India such as DBU Global, the Global Center for Distance Education of Don Bosco University, and others across the world, to achieve that objective.
Addressing the convocation in which 532 students, including 190 distance education students, graduated in various bachelors and masters degree programmes, Dr. Mavely, congratulated the graduands and inspired them to aspire.
He was confident that the knowledge gained by the graduands would enable them overcome entrepreneurial challenges and contribute meaningfully to the growth of their organisations, communities and countries.
Touching on the theme for the convocation- “You can win, you can ride the tide, don’t be afraid to fly”- the Vice Chancellor urged the graduands to be confident, innovative and hardworking to become achievers, adding “have the capacity to dream, dare to fly and have the inner pull to make a difference.”
The Governor of Assam State, Shri P.B. Acharya, for his part, congratulated the graduands, particularly foreign students, in their zeal for higher education.
He was particularly impressed about the presence of 21 graduating distance students at the convocation, saying provision of education should not have borders.
He gave the assurance the government of Assam would provide the necessary support needed by DBU to expand its programmes for the benefit of Indians and other nationals.
Present at the convocation were 21 students from 13 countries (Qatar, Malaysia, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Dubai, Kenya, Oman, Belgium, Mozambique, South Sudan and the Philippines) who successfully completed their degree programmes in Bachelor of Computer Applications, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Information Technology, and Master of Computer Applications.
Five doctoral students also graduated at the ceremony.
Don Bosco University belongs to the Don Bosco society of a network of Catholic organisations pursing the human development goals.
The educational system is founded on the dream of Saint John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco (1815-1888), a Catholic priest who worked to rescue the poor and disadvantaged youth of his time.
His system of education, which is being pursued by the university, envision the creation of generations of young men and women who are intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed, spiritually inspired and devoted to their country and the world.
By Edmund Mingle,Back From India