The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) will soon establish three new study centres in Ho, Sunyani and Somanya in line with efforts to increase enrolment on its distance learning programmes. This will increase its centres from 24 to 27.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, said by expanding its study centres, the university would have quality and affordable education at the doorstep of those who wished to attain higher education through the distance mode.
He added that plans were far advanced for the commencement of the fifth campus, the College of Distance Education and Extension, at Techiman.
The 18th congregation saw a total of 8,978 students graduating with degrees, and 1,325 with diplomas.
Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said the university was constructing structures at Techiman, Sogakope, Ejisu, Kukurantumi and Cape Coast to provide offices for staff, stores and lecture theatres to ensure the effective operation of the distance education programme.
He said next academic year, the university would introduce new graduate programmes by distance learning, which include Master of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education, Master of Philosophy in Speech Therapy and Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
He added that the university, in collaboration with the African Virtual University (AVU) in Kenya, had established a centre to run online programmes in Teacher Education, Science, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said the university was making strides in infrastructural development, which includes the construction of the Faculty of Educational Studies block and the Pecku Block Annex office for registrars, as well as renovating the Creative Arts lecture halls and the Technology Block at the Central Campus.
He also said efforts were underway to construct a library complex on the university’s north campus and a bookshop, adding that a contract had been awarded for the installation of lifts in all the high-rise buildings to make them user-friendly, especially for physically challenged students.
He said the university had honoured Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, the second Principal and first Vice-Chancellor of the university, by naming the university’s auditorium after him, in appreciation of his immense contribution to the development of the school.
Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw commended the government, GETFund, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Techiman Council for their support.
The Chancellor of UEW, Alhaji (Dr) Asoma Abu Banda, noted that distance education had become the preferable choice and a viable complement to the conventional face-to-face education for individuals who sought tertiary education due to limited resources and the flexibility of its mode of delivery.
He said the university’s distance education could be accessed in the various cities, towns, villages and communities across the country.
He commended the graduating students and urged them to enter the world of work with attitudes that would make them ambassadors of change in their various fields.
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