Valley View University Tackles Unemployment

The Valley View University (VVU) has launched its 2015 Student Representative Council (SRC) Week celebration.

It has lined up several activities aimed at enhancing the entrepreneurial skills of students for the job market.

The SRC week celebration themed, ‘The Modern Graduates’ Challenge: The Need for United Effort, Innovation and Creativity,’ will also highlight the total development of students so that they complete their course of study with the mindset of employers and not employees.

Professor Dr. Daniel Buor FGA, Vice Chancellor of VVU, who was the guest speaker of the event, said modern graduates are currently facing insurmountable challenges as a result of the kind of education they receive and the harsh economic factors in the country.

He said the educational system continues to produce graduates whose training and aspirations do not match the requirements of modern industry.

‘The educational system tends to gravitate towards theories and model building and the practical application is negligible. This has serious implication for material development and productivity,’ he said.

Prof. Dr. Buor further noted that VVU has taken up the challenge and instituted programmes like the compulsory industrial attachment programme which every student undertakes before completion of their programmes at VVU.

The vice chancellor said many students have received on-the job training during their industrial attachment, which has helped the majority of students to secure jobs or start their own businesses after leaving the university.

He however used the occasion to call on government to assist in the establishment of a National Industrial Attachment Secretariat, which shall coordinate industrial attachment programmes of tertiary institutions.

He also urged the students not to consider joining the unemployment association but develop their skills for job creation to salvage the country’s economy.

Valley View University SRC President, Kafui Kofi Adjei, in his address, said the SRC week creates the avenue for students to take time off their hectic schedule to entertain themselves in an informative way.

Mr. Adjei said the theme clearly defines the vision of the university in producing mature and successful graduates for service to God and humanity.

‘The success of this week celebration lies in our bosom as students so let us come to the center of affairs and make it a ‘Krabehwe,’ he added.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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