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Matriculation Of First Years For The 2014/2015 Academic Year Wa UDS Campus

The University for Development Studies has held its matriculation ceremony to formally induct 6,330 fresh men and women into the University community.

 

 This year’s matriculation is the 22nd in the history of the University. 

The Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. Haruna Yakubu, in an address delivered on his behalf by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, called on students and parents not to be afraid of the Ebola disease. He said adequate preparations had been made to check the disease on the campuses of the university. 

Just like all other institutions, the University for Development Studies also expressed its readiness to fight the Ebola disease. The Vice Chancellor said, “the University is not reluctant in its quest to prevent the disease from entering its campuses. He therefore urged students and parents not to “fear or panic” about the disease whatsoever, assuring audience that everything is under control.”

Prof Yakubu acknowledged the importance of taking part in the matriculation by all fresh men and women, stating that failure of any student to sign the matriculation oath was tantamount to losing their admission status. He therefore urged all students to actively observe the ceremony and sign the matriculation oath accordingly.

According to him, out of a total of 18,961 applicants only 6,330 were admitted into the university programmes for the 2014/2015 academic year. Out of the number admitted, 60% were males and 40% females. He gave the breakdown of this year’s admissions into the four campuses as follows; Wa campus with the highest of 2,681 students, followed by Tamale campus with 1,733 students while the Nyankpala and the Navrongo campuses admitted 638 and 1,278 respectively.

 He added that the low intake was as a result of limited facilities in the various campuses. He cautioned students who were admitted to take their studies seriously and also abide by all university rules and regulations. “The university award degrees to students who are worthy in character and learning,” he added. 

He also advised students to observe high moral standards on the campus devoid of any act of indiscipline, urging them to always remember why they were at the university, hence should focus their minds and energies towards achieving their academic goals. The Students were also admonished to first and foremost safeguard themselves since there was no better security than oneself.

With the success chalked in the online application system for this academic year, the VC stated that by the start of the next academic year, students will be able to register individual courses online; adding that access to internet on the various campuses has improved enormously. He however urged students to use the internet for purely academic purposes, and not for unproductive activities such as playing games, watching pornographic materials and other vices.

On the issue of introducing new programmes, the VC noted that the university would not relent in its efforts in ushering in new programmes that could better the lot of University students and Ghana at large. He announced MPhil Environmental and Resource Management, and MSc/MPhil/PhD Agricultural Economics as new graduate programmes that had been introduced and students already enrolled for the 2014/2015 academic year. He added that BSc Medical Laboratory programme had also been upgraded to Doctor of Medical Laboratory and that had generated high public interest.

 

Touching on the University’s infrastructural capacity, the VC expressed happiness at the improvement they have had so far but said there was still more to be done. He said infrastructural development was needed to improve lecture rooms, laboratories, hostel accommodation and other purposes that would help enhance students’ welfare and learning.

Source: ISD (Bennin Issifu)