Professor Ernest Aryeetey has bid farewell to the University of Ghana (UG) after six years of meritorious service as the Vice Chancellor.
“To the Chancellor, the Chairman and members of the University Council, management, officers of the University, staff, successive student leaders and other stakeholders of this University, I owe a debt of gratitude to you for your support and commitment.
“As a University, we would not have been able to make the strides we have over the past six years without your commitment and support,” Prof Aryeetey stated in his report at the University’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences congregation at the weekend in Accra.
He would be handing over to Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu at the end of July, after attaining the compulsory retirement age of the University.
Prof. Aryeetey, who gave an overview of his six-year tenure, said the University had pushed steadily towards significant improvements in teaching and learning, with a major concentration on quality assurance and the provision of new equipment.
He said these efforts have been rewarded with significant improvement in the performance of students and faculty.
He mentioned that in the most recent Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings,the UG ranked seventh in Africa, making it the highest ranked university in the West African sub-region.
He said the Office of Research, Innovation and Development was established in 2010 to promote and manage research in the University and also to help raise the profile of research, as part of the effort to transform UG into a world-class research-led institution.
He said in 2011, the first substantive Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development was appointed to help in reshaping and enhancing the research profile of the University.
Prof. Aryeetey urged the graduating students to take every situation as a learning opportunity; and exercise temperance in all their endeavours.
Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the Education Minister lauded the out-going Vice Chancellor and his team of management for transforming the University.
Mr Justice Samuel K. Date-Bah, the Chairman of the UG Council, on behalf of the Council also commended Prof. Aryeetey for successfully steering the affairs of the University over the past six years.