The Wa Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has matriculated 98 students for various sandwich postgraduate programmes in Wa. The sandwich programme is fast becoming a popular feature on the University’s curriculum, with annual admissions on a constant rise.
The University for Development Studies (UDS) has held a special congregation in commemoration of its 25 Anniversary held at the Tamale City campus, Dungu.
In all, 269 persons, including six PhD graduates, received certificates for meeting the University’s academic requirements.
An Honorary Doctorate Degree was conferred on a former President of Cape Verde, Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, who was a Guest Speaker for the UDS 6th African Leaders Lecture series that lasted for three days.
The Minister for Business Development, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, reading a speech on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, commended the UDS for producing graduates whose services are essential in nation building.
He urged the UDS management to critically examine its curriculum and introduce more development-oriented courses required for transforming human capital.
He reiterated government’s commitment to addressing the myriad of challenges at UDS with emphasis on the infrastructural deficit.
He encouraged the graduands to be truthful and remain patriotic nation -builders.
He said education remained his administration’s topmost priority and thus, promised to commit enough resources into that sector.
The UDS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gabriele Ayum Teye bemoaned what he described as inadequate funding for public universities.
According to him, Vice Chancellors of the nation’s public universities have been traumatized by the situation in their institutions.
He thereby advocated Public- Private-Partnership as the best means of funding public universities.
Professor Ayum Teye urged the graduands to serve as Ambassadors of change in their localities.
He showed appreciation for the immense contributions of development partners and other sponsors to the university’s programmes over the years.
Some angry lecturers of the Wa Polytechnic Monday afternoon chased the Rector of the school out of campus.
According to Joy News Rafiq Salam, the lecturers blocked the road to prevent Prof Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu from having access to his office, after he had exchanged words and threatened to fire a security officer at the school.
The lecturers have never been in favour of Prof. Marfo-Owusu’s appointment.
The Wa Polytechnic Rector has dismissed allegations that he acquired his official Mercedes Benz through fraudulent means.
Prof. Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu said having worked as a professor for more than seven years, he is capable to afford any Mercedes Benz of his choice.
“I am a person who has been well trained and has not taken anyone’s mone... they [lecturers] are thinking that the car is very expensive,” he told Joy News’ Evans Mensah on Newsnight Monday.
Prof Marfo Owusu’s comments follow the decision by some angry lecturers of the Polytechnic to chase the Rector out of the campus on Monday afternoon.
The Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, has bemoaned the over-politicisation of every national issue in the country, including education.
According to him, every issue was seen in the lenses of either the National Democratic Congress (NDC) or the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and oftentimes, the real substance of important issues was sacrificed on the altar of politics.