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UCC Matriculates Over 17,000 College of Distance Education Students

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah says it is becoming increasingly evident that more and more students are opting for the masters’ programme in the distance education because of its convenience and suitability for the working class.

He is therefore urging the College of Distance Education [CoDE] to double its efforts at making technology functional in the delivery of lectures so that the university’s clients could sit in the comfort of their homes and obtain their degrees.

He says by this the university would have rendered a great service to many disadvantaged people who yearn to acquire high academic qualifications.

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Professor Ghartey Ampiah was addressing the fresh students at the 17th Matriculation Ceremony of the College of Distance Education held yesterday. He however lauded the college for its efforts over the years saying “the College of Distance Education is making efforts to shorten the distance students have travel to access University Education. The college has therefore, opened five new study centres in Kasoa, Nsawam, Sefwi Juaboso, Nkawie and Ada. Fourteen (14) existing study centres that were hitherto running only diploma programmes have also been upgraded to run the post diploma programmes in addition. All this is done to make university education accessible to those who need them to help execute the development agenda to transform the country”.


The University admitted a total of seventeen thousand, one hundred and eighty two (17,182) applicants to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through the distance mode in various disciplines.

The figure is composed of fifteen thousand, seven hundred and eighty (15,780) undergraduates and one thousand four hundred and two (1,402) post graduate students consisting of nine thousand, two hundred and thirty four (9, 234) males and seven thousand nine hundred and forty eight (7948) females.



File Photo : Prof Joseph Ghartey Ampiah addressing students

Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah admonished the fresh men to use their time wisely to achieve success as they have been each assigned a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 to begin their program.

Prof Ghartey Ampiah said ‘this year’s admission statistics of undergraduate students indicates that, the percentage of women who have entered the university through the distance mode has gone up from 45.9% in the 2016 / 2017 academic year to 46.8%. This shows a remarkable increase of 0.9 percentage points over last year’s figure’.

He therefore specially congratulated the women for taking advantage of the opportunity offered them to improve on their academic standing and to raise their social and financial status for the benefit of their families.

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Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah admonished the fresh men to use their time wisely to achieve success as they have been each assigned a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 to begin their program.

“Let me also add that every one of you has been assigned a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 to begin your programme. But you will be classified as you progress in the programmes of study year after year, depending on the commitments you make to your study and the way you use your time”.

Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah also advised the students not to flout the rules and regulations of the university saying it is their obedience to the rules and regulations of the university that makes them responsible members of the great University community.

Source: ATL FM News / Aba Aikins