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UDS Opens Doors to More Women

2005-02-16 12:45:51
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The University for Development Studies (UDS) has begun a bridging programme to encourage more female enrolment into the university.

Under the programme, females are offered remedial training in mathematics and science, after which they undergo an assessment exercise for final selection.

This academic year, 46 females were offered admission to the university to pursue science-based courses through the programme.

The Vice-Chancellor of the UDS, Professor John B. K. Kaburise,who disclosed this during the fifth congregation of the university in Tamale at the weekend, said this year, the university also offered places to all female applicants for the sciences who met the basic requirement.

He said in pursuit of its objective of encouraging female education, the university admitted 418 females, representing 29.4 per cent of this year’s admissions as against 297 last year. The UDS currently has a student population of 3,991.

Professor Kaburise also disclosed that in pursuit of its goal to become a bilingual institution, the university had established a French Language Science Centre.

The centre, which is being piloted at the Navrongo campus, is now operational. The French Embassy is sponsoring the programme.

He added that a new initiative,dubbed,“Thinktank”, would aim at encouraging critical discussions of national and international development issues, policies and programmes.

It would also issue position papers on those subjects.
The Vice-Chancellor said that his outfit was also taking steps to finalise the incorporation of agricultural colleges within its catchment area in the university.

“We do this with the strong belief that agricultural colleges are well placed to facilitate the development of the rural communities that we serve,” he explained, adding, “This is best achieved by our combined effort.”

Professor Kaburise said the university was mandated by law to undertake training, research and extension in an integrated and functional way to meet the needs and aspirations of the people of northern Ghana in particular and the country as a whole.

“We are, indeed, giving meaning to the essence and importance of mutual and formidable linkage between an ivory tower and the community, society and country, theory and empirical knowledge and scientific and indigenous knowledge,” he stated.


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