UG To Introduce Master’s Programme By Distance

Ernest-Aryeetey-newThe University of Ghana, Legon, will soon commence a Master of Arts programme by Distance Education and e-Learning, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, has disclosed.

According to him, the programme is meant to develop the needed human resource in the field of distance education delivery and management, following the growing trend of distance education as an alternative means of attaining tertiary education in thecountry.

Addressing a congregation of the university, on Friday in Accra, at which 4,079 students graduated at various levels, Prof Aryeetey said “the success of the programme would open the door, for the introduction of other graduate programmes, to be run through the distance education module.

He said “the university is investing steadily in its distance education programme, and we are committed to promoting the increased use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to enhance teaching, learning and research particularly for the distance education programme.”

He said the West African Senior School Certificate Examination candidates who were not admitted this year into the under-graduate programmes, still have the chance to be admitted through the distance learning programme, since the academic calendar for the distance learning had been modified.

“It is expected that when admissions into the Distance Education programme are completed, our admission figures would go up significantly,” he stated.

Prof Aryeetey mentioned that for graduate programmes this year, the university received a total of 5,768 applications, with 5,169 applications from Ghanaians and 599 being international applicants.

He said 3, 630 students were admitted to pursue various courses at the graduate level and the newly admitted graduate students included 177 students who were enrolled this year for various PhD programmes.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited, Kweku Bedu-Addo, urged the graduands to stay in Ghana and help build the country. According to him, Ghana abounds in numerous opportunities and its educated youth must help to drive the nation forward.

His Lordship, Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Bah, Chairman of the University Council, commended faculty members of the university for ensuring that their students graduate in the same year that they completed their final examinations.

He also expressed appreciation to lecturers, parents and guardians for their efforts in training the future leaders of the country and urged the graduands to work hard to succeed in life. By Joseph Edu Archison    

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