The Pentecost University College has declared its intention to focus more on technology training to help in boosting the capacity of the youth for the job market.
In that regard, the university has submitted new programmes including, Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication, Computer Engineering and Information System to its mentoring institution, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the National Accreditation Board for accreditation.
Rev. Dr. Peter Ohene Kyei, Rector of the College, who announced this at the seventh congregation of PUC, said the new programmes formed part of an expansion strategy with more focus on science and technology training.
According to him, the decision to offer science and technology training, in addition to the humanities, was informed by the need for the country to build a critical mass of technically skilled human resource to support the national industrialisation drive.
He addition, the sector, he said provides enormous job creation opportunities that would help to check graduate unemployment.
PUC currently runs 32 programmes, and has so far graduated 3,730 students. It has established a graduate school with about 350 students.
At Saturday’s congregation, 107 students graduated in five programmes consisting of Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Commerce, Business Administration and Master of Science (MSc) in International Accounting.
Rev. Dr. Kyei, urged the graduating students to utilise the knowledge gained to support the development of society, and encourage them to show leadership and morality in all their endeavours.
Rev. Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi Larbi, General Secretary of the Church of Pentecost, in his address, said the vision of the church, which is being implemented through the school, was to train people to serve the nation with integrity.
He added that as a Christian university, they have a responsibility to ensure those trained would be able to make society devoid of social vices.
He charged the graduates to be of high integrity and effect positive changes wherever they find themselves.
He expressed appreciation to the staff and students of the school for their tremendous contribution to the success story of PUC, and assured the management of continous support of the church.
Mrs. Victoria Sarpong, who was adjudged the overall best student, urged her colleagues not to rest on their oars, but strive for excellence.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme