UEW admits 8,000 students

Professor-Akwasi-Asabere-AmeyawThe University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has offered admission to 8,958 students for the 2014/2015 academic year to pursue distance education programmes in mathematics, mechanical, electrical and basic education, early childhood, business administration and wood technology education.

According to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, the university received a total of 13,002 applications but 11,693 qualified and were offered admission, but at the close of registration 8,958 had registered.

Speaking at the matriculation ceremony, Prof. Ameyaw noted that distance education has become an integral part of the Ghanaian educational system in response to the changing economic and social realities which have made it difficult for many people and professionals to pursue courses in the conventional university setting.

He indicated that the UEW had since 1993, been at the forefront of providing opportunities through the distance programmes for prospective students to pursue higher education programmes that fit into their ambitions, workplace and lifestyle.

Prof. Ameyaw pointed out that the UEW has increased the number of study centres in the country from four to 28, to bring higher education to the doorsteps of the people.

Most of the study centres, he said have been connected to the internet to enable distance learners have access using tablets or personal laptop computers at the study centres.

Realising that learning by distance entailed a lot of challenges for students who double as full time workers and or parents, the Vice Chancellor urged the matriculants to endeavour to overcome such challenges and be highly motivated.

He said most of the course books have been converted into online course ware on the university’s Moudle Learning Management System to facilitate online teaching and learning, and asked the students to take advantage of that to learn and be in a better position to contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation.

From Kingsley E. Hope,Kumasi

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