UCC Reviews Courses To Meet Changing Needs

PROF.KUUUThe University of Cape Coast (UCC) is reviewing most of its academic programmes and restructuring its courses to meet the challenges of contemporary society.

It has also introduced new programmes at the postgraduate level in response to the needs of society as required by the mission of the university.

The Vice Chancellor of UCC, Prof. D.D. Kuupole, said this at the first session of the 46th congregation of the university held here on Friday.

In all, a total of 3,891 students from the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Education, Schools of Agriculture, Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences graduated in various disciplines during the two-day congregation.

Prof. Kuupole explained that the Faculty of Arts had started the process of transforming the Department of African Studies into a Centre of African and International Studies in order to expand the courses being taught and to make the department very visible.

He said that the School of Business with support from its German partners, Bonn-Rhein-Seig University of Applied Sciences, was puuting up a ‘Business Incubator’ to be operational soon.

“The facility is expected to assist young entrepreneurs in Ghana to fully develop their potentials and to start new businesses or improve upon existing ones” he said.

He further said “The school intends to add the following departments to its existing ones: Departments of Marketing, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Scale Business Management and Public Sector Management”.

A Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Scale Enterprise, he indicated, was also to be established by the School within the shortest time.

Prof. Kuupole further said that the Faculty of Social Sciences had introduced three programmes namely: M.Sc. in Disaster Management, M.Sc. Land Policy and Administration and Diploma in Transport and Road Safety Management through the Sandwich mode.

“A Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation has been created in the Faculty, while the Institute of Oil and Gas Studies is going through accreditation processes and will offer its academic programmes very soon,” he stated.

Touching on infrastructural development on campus, the Vice Chancellor explained that work on on-going projects had not progressed as expected as a result of inadequate budgetary allocations to the university.

He, however, said that measures had been put in place to have certain projects prioritised and completed.
He appealed to the GETFund to support the University to ensure the completion of some of the projects on the campus.

The Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Mr. Justice A.K.B. Ampiah, in an address, reiterated the university’s commitment to live up to its mandate of offering quality education to its students without compromising on quality.

He admonished the graduating class to be dedicated and committed in every facet of their lives and also urged them to contribute their quota towards the development of the country.

The acting Copyright Administrator, Ms. Yaa Attafua, in a speech, urged the graduating class to adopt a positive and pragmatic attitude in order to realise their dreams.

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