Made up of 11 illustrious personalities from diverse backgrounds, including Reverend Ministers, judge, agronomist and engineers, the Council of Anglican University College of Technology (Ang.U.Tech) has been sworn-in.
The impressive but short ceremony held in Accra on Tuesday paved way for the school to take off as a fully-fledged technical university.
Having individually distinguished themselves, members of the Council, sworn into office by a High Court judge, and Chancellor of Accra Diocese Mrs Justice Sophia Rosetta Bernasko-Essah, were charged to work hard to ensure that Ang.U.Tech becomes one of the best in Ghana, and a university of choice.
The Council is chaired by Mr. Daniel M.A. Owiredu, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Office of Golden Star Resources, with Most Rev. Prof. Daniel Yinkah-Sarfo, and Prof. Albert Addo-Quaye as the Chancellor and President of the University respectively.
Other Council members are: Justice Mrs. Sophia Adinyira, retired Supreme Court Judge; Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus Yeboah-Auamah; Mrs. Georgia Lartey, educationist; Rt. Rev. Dr. Cyril Ben-Smith; Mr. Benjamin Ayittey-Okine, IT expert; Rev. Canon Samuel Lanquaye Lamptey; Mr Dennis Donkor, construction technologist; and Rev. Canon Clement Azure.
“Angu.U.Tech’s aim is to train high level science and technology human resources in a holistic manner and conduct innovative research to provide for the technological skills and extension services for the country,” Chancellor Most Rev. Prof. Daniel Yinkah-Sarfo underscored.
He recalled that the idea to set up a tertiary education institution by the Anglican Church was mooted in May 1999. After brooding over the idea, a Central Implementation Committee chaired by the late Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy was subsequently formed which saw the University established and operating its first campus at Nkoranza, Brong Ahafo Region. The first batch of students was admitted in October 2013.
The Chancellor charged the Council to adopt innovative ways of generating funds internally to expand the institution instead of relying on donations from outside.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education, in-charge of tertiary, commended the Anglican Church for its outstanding history of providing education of excellence.
The long-held values of the Church, he asked, should be brought to bear on students of Ang.U.Tech. This, he believed, would help churn out “engineers who will not cut corners and doctors who will value human life”.
He noted that the about 63 accredited universities in the country admit 70,000 students which have substantially lessen the burden on the nine public universities.
This figure cannot be underestimated, Mr. Ablakwa stated as he expressed government’s opened door policy to private institutions on how best it can support them.
He said Ghana has now become the first choice for students across the sub-region due to its stability, which ensures that academic calendars are not unnecessarily disrupted. “Everything would be done by government to keep the stability so that the country can leverage on that,” he promised.
The Anglican University College of Technology runs courses in BSc. General Agriculture; BSc. Agric. Engineering; BSc. Soil and Water Engineering; BSc. Community Medicine and Health; BSc. Health Information Management; and B.A. Development and Management.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Cyril Ben-Smith, Chairman of the now dissolved Central Implementation Committee announced that Ang.U.Tech will soon open campuses in Accra and Kumasi.
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