In pursuance of its mandate to “blend academic work with that of the community for the Socio-economic development of Ghana”, the University for Development Studies (UDS) has churned out a total of Five Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty-five (5,565) graduands for the 2016/2017 Academic year. They comprised diploma, undergraduate and graduate students who have successfully completed various programmes of study in the University.
This was disclosed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof.Gabriel Ayum Teye in a speech delivered to commemorate the 18th Congregation in Wa and Tamale respectively.
The Vice-Chancellor decried the low admission rate for the 2017/2018 academic year which could be partly attributed to the desire of almost all science students to pursue medicine or nursing to the detriment of other programmes, which they considered to be less attractive.
He hinted that the silver jubilee celebration of the University had been launched at this year’s Matriculation ceremonies under the theme “UDS @25: Impact on National Development through Practical Higher Education.” “The University continues to ensure that all its programmes are duly approved and accredited even as it make efforts to grow and also to introduce new programmes to meet the development needs of our country,” Prof. Teye added.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Governing Council, Mr. Nutifafa Kuenyehia paid tribute to the founding fathers of UDS who conceived and actualized the birth of the University twenty-five (25) years ago.
He assured that the new Governing Council will continue to pursue the mandate of the University so that it remains resilient even in the toughest circumstances like the baobab tree.
Mr. Kuenyehia also ceased the opportunity to appeal to the Government to support the University to complete on-going projects in order to address the infrastructural deficit.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by the Vice President, H. E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the President of the Republic and Commander-in-chief of the Ghana Armed forces, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, recognized the contribution of teaching and non-teaching staff for the various roles they played in delivering quality higher education for the past 25years.
He expressed the hope that in view of the unique training they have received, the graduands will help offer innovative and creative solutions to the several challenges facing the developmental efforts of the country.
Source: University Relations