The Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Prof. D.D. Kuupole, has advised university graduates against joining the Graduates unemployed Association, since the knowledge they have acquired over the period of their studies at the university could position them in the world of work.
Addressing the 49th congregation of the university in Cape Coast on Saturday, he said the knowledge they had acquired could help them effect drastic progressive change to make life better.
A total of 4,991 students, made up of 310 first class honours, 1,918 in the second class honours (upper division); 1,636 in the second class honours (lower division); 878 third class and 249 pass graduated.
Prof. Kuupole announced that the Department of Arts and Social Sciences Education had introduced six new postgraduate programmes, including Ph.D, to be run in the sandwich and regular modes.
He said the Department of Science and Mathematics education had reviewed the health sciences programme and would offer five specialised degree programmes in general nursing education, midwifery education, mental health education, public health education and gerontology.
He added that the Institute of Education had signed a collaborative agreement with 44 colleges of education, getting them affiliated to the university as required by the National Accreditation Board, adding that the agreement made both the university and the colleges of education responsible to each other.
He expressed gratitude to the government for honouring its financial commitment to the university in terms of payment of compensation of employees, saying the “release of the funds has sustained us throughout the academic year.”
Prof. Kuupole commended the students for their hard work, determination and resolve to complete their programmes of study which, he said, had paid off.
“I encourage you to strive and move on to the pinnacle of the academic ladder. I know with a determined effort, you can do it,” he added.
The Chancellor of the university, Dr Sir Sam Jonah, in a welcome address, said the university had meticulously and ardently continued to discharge its core mandate of training highly qualified and skilled manpower in education to provide leadership and enlightenment.
He said the university had also undertaken to train graduates in other disciplines to meet critical manpower needs of the country through teaching, learning, research, consultancy and community service.
He commended Prof. Kuupole for his immeasurable contribution and services to the university.