THE Kumasi Campus of the Valley View University (VVU), Ghana’s premier private chartered university, has held its maiden matriculation to officially accept 321 students pursuing different programmes of study at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels.
The number adds up to 1000 (Techiman campus) and 1,500 students (both Main Campus & Tarkoradi Learning Centre) who have all been matriculated to the university.
Speaking at the matriculation ceremony at Kwadaso in Kumasi, the Acting Rector of the Kumasi Campus of the VVU, Dr E. B. Amponsah said while a total 74 were pursuing studies at the Graduate School, 237 and 10 were studying bachelor’s degree programmes at the School of Education and Centre for Adult & Distance Education respectively.
He mentioned programmes at the School of Graduate Studies as Master of Businness Administration (MBA) Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Banking & Finance, Master of Education (MEd) Curriculum & Instruction, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Educational Administration & Leadership and Postgraduate Diploma in Education, indicating that the campus was yet to introduce MBA Accounting option.
At the School of Education undergraduate programmes, he listed them as Bachelor of Education (BEd) Accounting, English, Information Technology, Management, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Religious Studies.
For its distance learning programmes (only on Fridays & Sundays), he said the campus recently began Access Course for Nursing Health Assistant Clinicals and Nursing Assistant Clinicals on February 27, 2017.
He hinted that the access course would take students through Mathematics, English and Integrated Science for a period of six weeks after which successful students will be admitted to Level 200 for a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Nursing.
Value-based education for balanced development
The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the VVU, Prof. Daniel Kwame Bediako emphasised that like all Seventh-day Adventist institutions in higher learning worldwide, VVU would continue to offer value-based education that fostered a balanced development of the whole person spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially.
He said the university was pursuing its philosophy of education on a seven-point agenda from 2016 to 2020 including “equilibrating intellectual growth and spiritual/moral integrity through value-based philosophy of education”, “Strengthening academic excellence through quality curricula, faculty excellence and problem-based pedagogy” and “Strengthening fiscal resource mobilisation through expansion and efficient management of university ventures”.
He added the remaining four as: “Infrastructure consolidation, facelift and maintenance”, “Promoting eco-friendliness through sustainable development, upkeep and deployment of the ecological programme”, “Rebranding and enhancing public image through integrated marketing strategies” and “Strengthening internal systems through participative decision-making, transparency and accountability and mission-driven initiatives, policies and programmes”.
He assured the matriculants that university community from the main campus to the other campuses was committed to ensuring the success of students from admission to graduation and urged them to be rules and regulation abiding students.
He reiterated that VVU sought to transform its students into becoming more useful citizens and agents of positive change and development in their various communities during and after their programmes of study at the university.
Gov’t’s role to reduce skill gap
The Principal of the College of Technology Education (Kumasi campus) of the University of Education, Winneba, Prof. (Ing) Reynolds Okai pointed out that skill gap was the difference between skills that employers need and skills that their workforce offers.
He noted that government has contributed its quota in the training of students but called for more rooms of improvement in reducing the gap further.
He said it had become necessary for government to extend funding of tertiary institutions to private tertiaries through GETfund and other government budgetary allocations.
He added that government could also consider assisting the private tertiary institutions in the recruitment of the right caliber of academicians to support the quality of teaching and learning and again, assist in establishing entrepreneurship training centres in all the ten regions for practical training.
Prof Okai called on government to consider supporting the training of pupil teachers who were still in existence in the remote areas of the country, in order to reduce the skill gap in teacher education, expressing disgust that while government maintained it needed qualified teachers in place to enhance professionalism, these teachers had remained in the homes without being posted.
The Registrar of the VVU, Pastor Odomse Akuoko Nyantakyi was assisted by the Assistant Registrar of the Kumasi Campus, Mr David K. Asare to take the matriculants through the pledge of allegiance and oath.
The matriculants pledged solemnly before God and the congregation “to cheerfully and faithfully obey all the written rules and regulations passed and announced by the administration or faculty or their representatives and to be loyal to the university administration, faculty and staff”.
The Chairman of the VVU Council, Dr Kwame Kwanin Boakye officially made the dissolution of the assembly and asked for God’s blessings for the matriculants