Catholic Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT) University College is to establish a campus in May at Mepe in the Volta Region in line with the institute’s vision to expand its programmes and to contribute towards improved healthcare, particularly in rural areas.
The Academic Dean of the university, Rev. Fr John Kobina Louis, made this known when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Star Oil Limited, an indigenous oil marketing company, Mr Vincent Kaledzi, donated printers and accessories to the institute to assist in the commencement of the programme.
The institute is a tertiary institution established under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra in 2007, with its main campus in Accra. The new campus will run programmes in Health and Allied Sciences, with the admission of students for the BSc Physician Assistantship Programme beginning in May this year.
Rev. Fr Louis said the people of Mepe had made various contributions towards the realisation of the project, including the allocation of 30 acres of land, as the permanent site for the university’s project.
Additionally, he said residents also constructed a wall around the institute’s temporary campus at Mepe, refurbished science laboratories, constructed and furnished a Demonstration/Skills Laboratory, provided some library shelves and books, as well as staff bungalows.
He said the CIBT had also paid the affiliation fees to the University of Cape Coast (UCC) which would be monitoring the programmes at the Mepe Campus and also paid the initial processing fees to the National Accreditation Board.
Rev. Fr Louis commended Star Oil Company for its swift response to the appeal by the university and appealed to other organisations to follow suit.
Presenting the items to the university on behalf of the company, a Lecturer at the United Nations University and the University of Ghana, Prof. Wisdom Akpalu said the company’s swift response was as a result of the realisation of the church’s impeccable record of developing human capital and skill, and expressed the company’s commitment to continue to support the university to ensure its smooth take-off.
Rev. Fr Louis, who received the items on behalf of the Chancellor of the university, Most Rev. Charles G. Palmer-Buckle, the Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, thanked the company for the gesture.
In a related development, Prof. Akpalu has lauded the Catholic Church for its investment in the development of the country’s human resources and skills.
He said the commitment of the church to offer training to the people was a positive step to guarantee a sound environment that would stimulate the country’s economic development.
Prof. Akpalu was speaking to the Daily Graphic on the fringes of a programme organised by the management of Star Oil Limited.
He said countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway among other developed ones were progressing economically basically because they paid attention to the development of human capital, focusing on highly trained human capital and described the initiative of the church as phenomenal.
Prof. Akpalu said schools established by the church from the basic to tertiary levels had been performing exceptionally well over the years academically and morally, and expressed the optimism that the new campus would inure to the benefit of the people.
“I wish that they set up campuses in all parts of the country, particularly in the south of the Volta Region. Setting up schools in such places will give us double gains; jobs and economic opportunities,” he said.