UCC rallies support to address infrastructural challenges


The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Professor Johnson Nyarko Boampong, has called for support to address infrastructural and telecommunication challenges of the university.

He explained that the facilities are critical to enhancing the academic environment – teaching, learning and research.

“UCC has excelled in many ways but like any other institution, we do face challenges. Among these are inadequate physical space for office accommodation and lecture theatres, particularly for postgraduate students,” he said.

“Other areas of concern are the poor road network and unstable internet connectivity on campus. These facilities are critical for conducive academic environment for teaching, learning and research to thrive.”

The Vice-Chancellor made the appeal in a speech read on his behalf by Professor Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh, outgoing Pro Vice-Chancellor of UCC, at the fourth session of the 54th Congregation where 1,245 students of School of Graduate Studies graduated.

In spite of the challenges, Prof Boampong said the future of postgraduate education at the UCC remained bright.

“We extend our hand for partnership, collaboration and support in any way to some of these challenges,” he said.

UCC, he said, remained committed to its mission to mobilise the appropriate human and material resources from within and outside the university to ensure maximum utilisation of resources.

The institution had, therefore, established the Scholarly Communication Units at the Sam Jonah Library to provide resources and services to support dissemination of research findings, particularly with the UCC Journals and Researchers.

The College of Distance Education had also established a state-of-the-art Information and Communication Technology Laboratory and libraries currently in use for teaching and training.

As part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility, it offered a concessionary scholarship to 17 students from the nine surrounding communities of the University.

Additionally, the University has set-up a fund to support 358 needy but brilliant and promising students through the Students’ Financial Support Office to pursue various graduate and undergraduate courses for the 2020/2021 academic year, Prof Boampong said.

The graduates comprise 14 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 76 Master of Philosophy (MPhil), 10 Master of Communication (MCom) one Master of Nursing (MN),488 Master of Education (MEd), 140 Master in Business Administration (MBA), 219 Master of Science (MSc), 241 Master of Arts (MA), and 56 Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

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