The college of technology education of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) in Kumasi will from next academic year host the largest centre for Competency-Based Training and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the sub-region.
The project, which is being sponsored by the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), will provide adequate laboratories and lecture halls for the teaching and learning of technical and vocational courses.
The Vice Chancellor of UEW, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, who announced this at the matriculation of fresh students at the college at the weekend in Kumasi, said when completed, the centre would also have first- class workshops and other resources for teaching and learning at the college.
He said in spite of the challenges of academic and residential facilities facing both students and staff, the college continued to provide university education to as many qualified applicants as possible.
This year, the college received a total of 5,403 applications, out of which 4,293, made up of 2,866 males and 1,427 females, were offered admission to pursue both regular and evening programmes.
For the postgraduate programmes, Prof. Avoke said a total of 245 applications were received and 178 were admitted. However, he said out of the number that were offered admission, 118 had accepted the offer and registered to undertake their courses.
At the College of Agriculture at Mampong, a total of 923 students, made up of 690 males and 233 females, took their oaths of matriculation, showing an increase of 27 students over last year’s admission.
He advised the students to make time and carefully read their student handbook to be acquainted with the rules governing the school in order not to be found wanting.
In a related development, the University of Education, Winneba, admitted more undergraduate students for the 2016/2017 academic year at both the Winneba and Ajumako campuses, as compared to last year, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke has said, reports Gilbert Mawuli Agbey, Winneba.
According to him, out of 8,076 students who were offered admission for the undergraduate programmes at the Winneba campus, a total of 5,056, made up of 3,518 males representing 69.58 per cent and 1,538 females representing 30.41 per cent, had registered for the various undergraduate programmes as against 4,173 who registered during the 2015/2016 academic year.
He said the figures for the 2016/2017 academic year showed an increase of 21.15 per cent in the number of registered students over the 2015/2016 admission period.
At the Ajumako campus, he stated that 592 students, made up of 387 males representing 65.4 per cent and 205 females representing 34.6 per cent, had registered for the undergraduate programmes in the 2016/2017 academic year, as against 755 undergraduate students who registered during the 2015/2016 academic year.
The vice chancellor who disclosed this while addressing a matriculation ceremony for fresh students at both campuses at separate functions said plans were far advanced for the construction of hostels at the Winneba, Kumasi and Ajumako campuses as well as the construction of the Winneba campus clinic extension and the construction of a lecturers’ office complex at the main campus.