Strive for Excellence, University Freshers told

By Mildred
Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Takoradi, Oct. 22, GNA
– Professor John Frank Eshun, the Vice Chancellor of the Takoradi Technical
University, has encouraged fresh men and women of the School, to strive for an
active learning experience and be critical thinker, creative and innovative in
finding solutions to the current social and economic challenges.

They are to also
develop a mind of creating employment for themselves at the end of their
academics period and work toward it, because no one will guarantee jobs for
them after education at the TTU.

The VC was speaking at
the Matriculation ceremony to admit 4190 students into the School for the
2018/2019 academic years.

A total of six
thousand three hundred and seventeen (6317) applications were received. Out of
this number four thousand one hundred and ninety (4,190) were offered
admissions to read various programmes.

These include:
Non-tertiary, Professional Diploma, Higher National Diplomas, Bachelor of
Technology and Master of Technology.

Of the intake, 68 per
cent of the admitted students are offering Engineering and Technology related
programmes and 32 were offering Business related programmes.

Prof. Eshun said the
total number of registered fresh students this year was the highest recorded in
the history of the University.

“The School also
admitted seven international students comprising: three from La Cote d’Ivoire,
one from Botswana, one from Cameroon and two from Nigeria.

 “The school absorbed nineteen (19) hearing
impaired students, who are reading various programmes. In order to facilitate
their smooth academic progress, the University has engaged the services of
interpreters to help provide academic support for these students.

“The University has
also established a Disability Services and Support Unit to coordinate the
services/activities being rendered to all disabled students in the University
with respect to their special needs.

Professor Eshun said
the University was in the process of drafting a fee policy and management would
adhere strictly to its implementation.

 He reminded the students that the University
would not compromise on examination malpractices and culprits would be
dismissed outright.

“You will also be
required to undertake industrial attachment/training, which forms an integral
part of your training. The training has been designed to help you relate theory
to practice. You are therefore expected to take it seriously when the time
comes,” he said.

The VC urged the
students to avoid writing anonymous letters as means to have their concerns
addressed adding that “My doors are always opened to you through your SRC
leadership and the Dean of Students of Affairs”.

“I do not expect
students of this University to do anything that will put the high-earned
reputation of TTU in jeopardy. Therefore, in the event of any development that
threatens your happiness and continuous stay on campus, do not hesitate to use
the channels of communication available to you. Management is also ready to
listen to your grievances at any time should the channels of communication
fail”.

Professor Eshun also
admonished them not to abuse the freedom at their disposal, but to nurtured it
and behave responsibly to justify the confidence repose in them by their
parents and care givers.

He reminded the
students to be security conscious in view of the unsecured nature of our
surroundings especially, at night. “Do not keep late nights, do not move alone
particularly when it is dark and be mindful of the kind of friends you keep.

“Some of you are
seeing the sea for the first time. Please stay away from the sea. Do not go to
the beach to swim to endanger your life,” he added.

GNA

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