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 98 – matriculated by Prof. Sylvester Z. Galaa, acting Principal of the Wa Campus, on behalf of UDS Vice Chancellor Prof. Gabril Ayum Teye – were among a total of 267 who were offered admission to undertake postgraduate sandwich programmes at the various campuses of the University for the 2018/19 academic year. The new admissions comprise 35 students at the School of Business and Law, 27 at the Faculty of Planning and Land Management, and 36 at the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies.
At the matriculation ceremony at the Wa Campus of the University, Prof. Sylvester Galaa, acting Principal of the Wa Campus, said the University had increased the number of sandwich programmes on offer and planned to roll out more. “The School of Business and Law has set up two centres in Tamale and Wa. I have no doubt that this would enable staff of banks, nongovernmental organisations and, indeed, all workers to enrol in the programmes,” Prof. Galaa said.
He said the University had also started distant courses for candidates in remote districts who hardly get the opportunity to upgrade themselves. “This initiative is unique, with the aim of widening our coverage and allowing teachers and other workers at seemingly distant communities to obtain degrees that are relevant to their career objectives,” Prof. Galaa said. He said, “the quality of all our graduate programmes is comparable to none, and efforts are underway to initiate and sustain research that would bring value to our catchment area”. UDS was established in 1993 as a specialised training institution that considers issues of development at the very foundation to lead efforts to bridge the development gap between the north and the south of Ghana.
Prof. Galaa, who represented the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye, challenged both lecturers and student to deliver to expectations on them to sustain the image acquired by the University in academic circles.