Three thousand, three hundred and ninety students have been matriculated into the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) to pursue courses in various disciplines.
About 4694 applicants made up of 1, 938 representing 41.2 per cent females and 2,756 representing 58.8 per cent males were offered admission for the 2019/2020 academic year
The Vice Chancellor (VC) of KTU, Professor David Kofi Essumang, who disclosed this during the matriculation ceremony of the students, stated that the students were strictly selected on merit and urged them to work, learn hard to make use of the opportunity given them.
“To get to the top, we have resolved that the university would only admit students based strictly on merit,” he said.
He added that the decision to select students on merit was based on the knowledge of practice all over the world that no tertiary institution could become great if students’ admissions were not based on merits.
Professor Essumang, however, urged them to stay focused and eschew bad company as well as set higher academic and ethical values for themselves to enable them to be successful at the end of their course at KTU.
The VC noted that the university had put in place a gender policy to tackle issues of sexual harassment adding that such issues would be thoroughly investigated.
“All complains will be channelled to the gender desk and investigated thoroughly and anybody found culpable would immediately be dismissed,” he added.
He stated that the management of the university would not tolerate issues of sexual harassment and so warned people of bad character to desist from harassing any student sexually.
Speaking on examination malpractice, the VC of KTU cautioned students to conduct themselves properly during all examinations and avoid cheating adding that any student caught would be dismissed.
He advised the students to set for themselves high academic and ethical values bearing in mind that their admission had been based on merit considering the strict process management went through to select them.
Prof. Essumang, therefore, urged them to learn hard to develop their skills for critical thinking and analysing situations with the view to applying knowledge acquired to solve societal problems.
With regards to bridging the gap between industry and academia, Professor Essumang stressed on the need for Technical Universities to give an industrial touch and skills to its students to enable them perform in the industries.
He stated that the Technical University had been set up to solve societal problems and help develop the country, adding that industries and Ghanaians could approach them to help solve problems and to develop the country.
For her part, the Director of Human Resource at the Ghana Education Service, Mrs Adjoa Van Vicker called on Technical Universities to make research an important part of their strategic direction to help solve the challenges confronting so city.
“Government places high premium on research and will continue to support it in diverse ways in our tertiary institutions.”
FROM AMA TEKYIWAA AMPADU AGYEMAN, KOFORIDUA