The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has admitted a total of 10,515 students who will be pursing various postgraduate and undergraduate academic programmes under the institution’s distance education model at identified study centres for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The number comprised 4,656 males representing 44.28 per cent and 5,859 females representing 55.72 per cent.
With reference to distribution along the various levels, 1,879 representing 17.87 per cent would be pursuing diploma programmes while that of degree and postgraduate studies were 7,667 and 969 representing 72.71 per cent and 9.22 per cent respectively.
The Vice Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Fr Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni who administered the matriculation oath, announced upgrading of the Institute for Distance and e-Learning into a college by the Governing Council of the University.
That, he explained, would facilitate the expansion and the rolling out of additional high quality distance education and e-learning programmes to cater for the training of more professionals in the country.
“The College of Distance and e-Learning (CoDeL) is setting up a study centre at the Ghana Military Academy and Training School, Teshie, to train military officers for their professional and personal development,” he said.
He further said “The institution will offer at this centre, some market-driven contemporary security and education programmes to security officers to reinforce the nation’s security services.”
Prof. Afful-Broni also said that, management was in the process of opening six other new centres at Jachie Pramso, Goaso, Damongo, Nalerigu, Nsawam and Ada, explaining that, it would increase the number of study centres to 47 from 40.
He stated that, the University had given a lot of support to the College of Distance and e-Learning (CoDeL) to enable the college align with the government’s vision of delivering quality education to Ghanaians.
He said the integration of online to distance learning, had now become integral to the activities of the college and said that CoDeL in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, integrated online learning with the use of UEW’s Learning Management System (LMS).
Touching on on-going projects, the Vice Chancellor indicated that, work on the construction of building blocks in Cape Coast, Kukurantumi, Techiman, Ejisu-Onwe and Accra was progressing steadily.
He urged the students to strive for excellence in their academic pursuit and also exhibit a high sense of academic integrity and sincerity.
From David Yarboi-Tetteh, Winneba