Graduates asked to create jobs through research

A section of the graduants at the graduation

A section of the graduants at the graduation

The Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, President of the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, has urged university graduates to use their expertise in research to drive entrepreneurial growth to create employment for themselves and others.

He said the training of students to automatically enter the world of work, once they acquired qualification, which did not specify their competencies and skills, had become obsolete.

Rev. Prof Mante made the call at the eighth Graduation and 10th Matriculation of the Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P) University College, organised on the theme: “Tertiarisation and post-modernisation in contemporary Ghana”, last Saturday in Ho.

In all, 336 students graduated, 203 students matriculated with 15 of them coming out with first class in their various fields of studies.

Rev. Prof. Mante said graduates must rather come out of school with innovative skills that places emphasis on creative, critical and innovative skills.

He appealed to the authorities to increase Mathematics and Science scholarships, to attract more students to pursue these subjects, lamenting that the number of lectures in these subjects were dwindling.

Rev. Prof. Mante advised the university college to uphold Christian values, as a faith–based institution.

The president of E.P University College, Rev Dr. Cyril Fayose, said the educational institution was working feverishly to expand its academic programme, and to establish more schools.

He announced that the university college has received accreditation, to pursue Animal Science and Fisheries and Environmental Science courses.

Rev. Dr. Fayose said the educational institution was faced with problems, and mentioned inadequate funding, infrastructure and staff.

Prof. Eric Amuquandor, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Cape Coast (UCC), commended the E.P University College for its success.

He said the UCC will continue to support the E.P University College, to achieve its mandate.

Prof. Amuquandor advised graduates not to rely solely on government for employment, but to apply their skills to create jobs.

From Kafui Gati, Ho

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