The University of Ghana (UG) Legon, on Monday inducted Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu , as the 12th Vice Chancellor (VC) of the school.
He took over from Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, whose tenure ended last month.
The colourful event attracted, Ministers of state, officials of the Judiciary, security Agencies, sister Universities, diplomats and the general public.
Prof. Oduro commended the past Vice Chancellors for their dedication and commitment that had contributed to the enviable reputation of the university as a beacon of excellence.
“The sterling contribution of the past VCs, backed by the commitment and hard work of both academic and non-academic staff and the students have contributed to the advancement of this great institution” he said.
He promised turn the UG into what he termed a world class “Go To University” as every effort would be made to consolidate and build on the progress and achievements adding that, “Our strategies would be anchored on the collective determination to re-position the university as a world class research and a training institution”.
Prof. Oduro indicated that relevant actors in the public and private sectors would be engaged to identify key areas of focus to help tailor teaching and learning to the needs of industry as well as meet the expectations of society.
“Management would ensure that the UG do not slip in global and Africa-wide rankings which are based on teaching, research, quality of publication out puts, innovations, income and in-kind contributions from industry and international partners” she added.
He assured that, discipline, integrity, transparency, accountability and leadership at all levels would be the important cornerstone of his tenure towards fostering positive attitudinal change and character moulding.
Prof. Oduro said efforts would be made to diversify funding sources and increase internally generated funds, prudent debt untilization, as well as establish an enterprise/ innovation hub to deepen relationship between academia and industry in order to unleash entrepreneurial spirit in young talents.
His administration, he said would lead a comprehensive, transparent process of financial planning and sourcing to make the university financially viable over the next five years through vigorous engagements with major stakeholders, adding that a UG foundation would be set up to raise about 20 million dollars in the next five years”.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu