The Vice Chancellor of the Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU), Professor Lawrence Atepor says steps have been taken to upgrade the quality of academic staff which the university needs to fully attain the position befitting of its current status as a technical university.
He says an Academic Advisory Board has been established and linkages with other universities created to ensure the University is in the position to churn out the quality human resource needed for the expected development of the country.
Professor Atepor was speaking at the 13th congregation of the Cape Coast Technical University over the weekend where a number of certificates were awarded.
The University awarded degrees and diplomas to a total of 1,126 graduates of the 2015/2016 academic year. These were made up of 50 Bachelor of Technology graduates, 942 HND, 63 Professional Diploma graduates and 71 Diploma graduates who pursued programmes in Engineering, Applied Sciences and Arts as well as Business and Management Studies.
Vice Chancellor of the Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU), Professor Lawrence Atepor
In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Lawrence Atepor commended the staff and students to working hard to see the polytechnic elevated to a technical university status. He says steps have been taken to upgrade the capacity of staff.
“As management, we understand that it takes well qualified Faculty to deliver the bachelors and higher national diploma programmes. Consequently, a considerable number of teaching staff have been sponsored or supported to pursue doctoral degree programmes while others have been supported to publish articles and books which have earned them promotions to the ranks of senior lecturers and associate professors.
This staff development programmes have been embarked upon in order to strengthen our teaching staff base so that our technical university can live up to its stated mandate”.
Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) campus
The special guest of honour for the occasion, Member of the Council of State, Francis Albert Seth Nyonyo said the development of technical universities in the country is essential in creating jobs to reduce the unemployment situation.
“Government cannot relent on its support to the technical universities funding in the country as this will promote the growth and regulate the artisanal industry. In this regard, job will be available in abundance for our teeming youth”.
Best performing students were given prizes. The best graduating student was Mark Amponsah an HND Purchasing and Supply student of the School of Business and Management Studies. He had a first class with a CGPA of 4.74.
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The 13th congregation of the Cape Coast Technical University occupies a special place in the history of the institution. It was a historical occasion since it was the first convocation following its conversion from a polytechnic to a university.
Source: Grace Osei-Afriyie / ATL FM News