THE Kumasi Campus of Valley View University (VVU), premier private university in Ghana, has held its first graduation ceremony for 240 students who have completed their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
The Campus’ congregation held at the Multi-Cultural Evangelistic Centre, Gyinyase in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region coincides with the 23rd Congregation of the VVU.
While 212 graduated from the School of Business and Education, the remaining 28 graduated from the School of Graduate Studies.
Three and five graduated with Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in Banking & Finance and Strategic Management respectively, 20 graduated with Postgraduate Diploma in Education, all from the School of Graduate Studies.
For the Bachelor of Education and Business programmes, 24 of the 212 graduands obtained First Class with six being females and the remaining 18 being males.
95 of them obtained Second Class Upper Divison while 93 obtained Second Class Lower Division.
From Study Centre to Campus
In his report during the congregation, the Acting Rector of the Kumasi Campus of the VVU, Pastor Dr. Emmanuel Bismark Amponsah recalled that about 12 years ago, the then Kumasi Study Centre was opened for students of the Centre of Adult and Distance Education.
He further recalled that with satisfactory fulfillment of requirements, the centre was granted a certificate by the National Accreditation Board and had since 2010, achieved a Campus status for the VVU.
Enrollment to him had increased from 653 to 973, an appreciable increase of 49 per cent of total enrollment in 2015/2016. This is because the Campus admitted a total of 320 students during the 2016/2017 academic year.
The Rector said the Campus hopes to add regular evening programmes for its 2017/2018 academic year to the existing programmes of study offered in four models – Sundays only, Sandwich, Summer, and Distance.
He said currently, the Campus is running Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management and Marketing.
Other programmes he added were Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Accounting, Information Technology, Religious Studies and Management.
Post-graduate Diploma in Education, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Banking & Finance, Human Resource Management, Strategic Management are some of the programmes the Campus is running at its School of Graduate Studies, hinting that the Campus will soon introduce MBA in Accounting.
Master of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum & Instruction, Administration & Leadership and hinted Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in these programmes will soon be run.
VVU operating on 3 Campuses, 2 Learning Centres
The Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Pastor Daniel Bediako said VVU is currently operating on three Campuses, namely, Oyibi, Techiman, and Kumasi and two learning centres in Tamale and Tarkoradi offering programmes in five modes – Regular, Sandwich, Summer, Distance, and Evening.
He indicated that a total of 3, 198 students were admitted during the 2016/2017 academic year, bringing the total enrollment to 9, 605.
He said the university is represented by 22 countries and as has been the case since 2013, students in the Sandwich constitute about 50 per cent of total enrollment, making the School of Education the largest school in the university.
Excellence through Service and Integrity
A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Yaw Agyemang Badu noted that VVU has given the graduands enough basic competencies including communication skills, writing skills, analytical skills, critical thinking skills, technology skills, and interpersonal skills.
Speaking on the theme for the congregation: “Excellence through Service and Integrity”, he summarised his pieces of advice to the graduands and coined that “Your Real Education Begins Today”.
He said: “Your success will be defined by your ability to control the contemporary national and international environment. We live in the new millennium in which technology and ideas change by the second, where people and society are constantly on the move and social institutions and structures are constantly evolving”.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei-Mensah who graced the occasion associated himself with the penchant of VVU for provision of holistic education through the teachings of Ellen G. White, a world renowned author.
He urged the grandads not to relent in their efforts to create jobs for themselves while government continues to absorb a few of them.