The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ho, has sworn into office a new Vice Chancellor, Professor John Owusu Gyapong, to take up the mandate of steering the affairs of the university.
At a brief colourful induction ceremony, an Appeals Court Judge, Mrs Justice Agnes Mercy Abra Dordzie, administered the oath of office to the 54-year-old former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research Innovation and Development of the University of Ghana, to commence duty.
As the second vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Gyapong succeeds the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof. Fred Binka, whose contract ended on July 31 this year.
In his speech, Prof. Gyapong stated that notwithstanding the challenges of higher education in Ghana, UHAS had started well with great potential and was committed to build on the strong foundation laid by his predecessor.
He said he would work with the university’s 10-year strategic plan aimed at transforming UHAS into one of the best health educational institutions in the world.
“As a vice chancellor, I intend to consolidate the gains of the last four years by embarking on a recruitment drive to mobilise all human and financial resources possible to pursue the set vision and mission passionately guided by the core values of integrity and innovation;” he said.
Outlining his vision for the university, Prof. Gyapong said his main goal was to develop policies and guidelines to regulate the conduct of research in the university and research uptake strategy to facilitate stakeholder engagement.
To achieve this, he said, he would establish the proposed health research institute in his first year in office to promote multi-disciplinary research in infectious and chronic diseases, maternal and child health, policy and implementation research.
Also, a research directorate would be established to manage the university’s research enterprise.
Prof. Gyapong said his tenure would promote academic excellence using international standards of teaching, learning and leadership development.
“To facilitate this, I intend to establish an Academic Affairs Directorate that is student-centred and to develop appropriate policies that will eventually improve academic and students’ records,” he said.
According to him, there were plans to initiate outstanding academic programmes (Pharmacy and Dentistry) and therefore would need senior faculty members to commence operations in that regard and used the opportunity to call on qualified persons “who are working in the choked environments to come over and help,”