Valley View University (VVU) is processing 12 academic programmes for accreditation to add to its existing 28 programmes to strengthen academic activities.
They are Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Midwifery, Mental Health Nursing, Business Information Systems, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Environment and Waste Management and Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
The others are Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Computer Science and Information Technology, as well as M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction, Leadership, Administration and MBA Accounting.
The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university, Prof. Daniel Bediako, stated this at the 22nd congregation of the university at its Techiman campus in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He said as a Seventh-Day Adventist institution of higher learning in the country, the VVU was offering value-based Christian education that fostered a balanced development for a person – spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially – hence, the need to process more programmes for such development.
He said VVU was hoping to introduce more Science and Engineering programmes in the coming years to also explore the engineering area and make positive impact on society.
The VC said VVU was committed to academic excellence that was demonstrated by achievements.
He indicated that the Nursing Department made the university proud by achieving 97.4 per cent pass in the 2015 Nursing Licensing Examinations, while a number of student projects from the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology had been selected to be showcased at the Africa Mobile and ICT Expo 2016.
He further indicated that while Mr Ernest Asiedu emerged as one of the two winners of the Oracle Academy Challenge, Mr Eric Genyoh won a National Best Teacher’s Award for 2015 in the Basic Mathematics/Science Category.
He added that two graduates of the university – Messrs Benjamin Sarpaning and Sebastian Shamo – emerged first and third respectively in a Software Development Competition organised by the Ghana Multimedia Incubation Centre under the Ministry of Communications where both had been selected and would be given financial support to start an ICT business.
He also said in the 2016 4ICU web ranking, the VVU placed 7th as against its 8th position in 2015 among higher institutions in Ghana.
He said faculty members published a total of 143 peer-reviewed papers during the year and the figure showed an increase of 15.3 per cent over last year’s total of 124 while the School of Business launched the “VVU Journal of Business Research in 2015”.
The university, he said, operated on three campuses – Oyibi, Techiman and Kumasi – with two learning centres in Tamale and Takoradi, where programmes were offered in different modes (Regular, Sandwich and Distance Education)
Charge to graduands
Prof. Bediako said the graduation ceremonies, both at Oyibi and Techiman, were presenting a total of 2,391 graduands for the award of degrees and diploma.
Out of the number, he said, 2,201 were undergraduates while 190 were postgraduates, representing 67.62 per cent of males, totalling 1,617, and 32.37 per cent of females, totalling 777, all from 11 countries.
He said in all, 12.4 per cent obtained First Class with a lady emerging as the overall best with an accumulated average of 3.98.
Global education arena
A visiting Vice Chancellor of the Babcock University in Nigeria, Prof. Ademola Tayo, reminded the graduands of the need to serve with integrity, as, according to him, passion was a “great virtue” for being an agent of development in society.
The acting Rector of the Techiman Campus of the VVU, Pastor Dr Peter Agyekum Boateng, told the graduands that as they walked out of the walls of the university to face challenges of the complex and dynamic environments, they would need to take bold initiatives in order to make it in their chosen careers.