The founding president of the Regent University College of Science and Technology in Accra, Prof. Kingsley Kwabena Larbi, has charged products of the university to be the leading light in their communities.
He said graduates of the institution must illuminate the large dark corners of the country because they have received sufficient training to do so.
Prof. Larbi was speaking at the 7th Graduation Ceremony of the University held at the Accra International Conference Centre. In all a total number of 503 students graduated – representing 442 Bachelor students and 61 postgraduate students.
Quoting US President Barack Obama, Prof. Larbi told the graduands they must be the change that they desire and “the time for change is now!
He believes too many things have gone wrong in the country for far too long and there is urgent need to change course if the nation is to live up to its promise.
“All of us, men and women, rich and poor, have an inbuilt God-given capacity to be productive, to rule, to take charge and to be responsible,” he said, receiving a rapturous applause from the packed auditorium.
He expressed his abiding faith in the belief that graduates of the university should let their actions reflect honesty and integrity and demonstrate their love for their country.
“Our continent and our nation for that matter, is in urgent need of selfless, dedicated, visionary, result-driven, God-fearing ethical leaders. The need is urgent, and cry is desperate,” he stated.
Many people in our country appointed to public office have not really served with dedication, honesty and integrity, he regretted.
This he believes must change immediately.
In a speech laced with many uncomfortable truths, Prof. Larbi said the country’s resources over the years have not been shared, equitably and fairly.
That trend, he insisted, cannot continue.
The Regent University President said the country must re-evaluate its attitude to education – the only tool that can lift massive number of people from subsistence to decent living and from obscurity to prominence.
He spoke eloquently about the university’s contribution to raising the standards of education in some forgotten corners of the country.
He recounted with pride the fact that beneficiaries of Regent’s intervention had obtained stellar results in their Basic Education Certificate Examinations despite the deprived nature of the schools they attended.
According to him, the university, which is affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a host of other prestigious foreign universities, is making financial contributions to ensure that pupils from some hopelessly deprived communities have a decent education.
On the construction of their new campus project at McCarthy, near Weija, Accra, Prof. Larbi noted that the construction of various blocks – hostel block, Multi-purpose Auditorium block, Sports hall, main Library block, and Administration block, are underway and stressed that the first phase of this new campus will be ready for occupation by the end of this calendar year.
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