Find solutions to problems of African continent - Prof McBagonluri urges students

BY: Yaa Kuffour Senyah
Professor Fred McBagonluri, President of Academic City addressing the students
Professor Fred McBagonluri, President of Academic City addressing the students

Academic City University College has graduated 35 students in various courses with a call on them to build solutions that will effectively address the numerous problems of the African continent.

The President of Academic City, Professor Fred McBagonluri, stated that the continent already faced numerous difficulties in leadership, economic hardships, health, education, among others, which the pandemic had impacted and exacerbated, hence the need for the youth to find practical solutions to those problems.

He admonished the graduates to use their individual strengths, passions and principles to chart a course which would lead to a fulfilling and satisfying life.

“You have numerous opportunities ahead of you. You must determine what to do with all your hard-earned accomplishments and I hope that the training and principles Academic City instilled in you will strengthen and guide you to achieve success in all your endeavours”, Prof. McBagonluri added.

The Academic City President made this call last Saturday at the institution’s first congregation since its establishment eight years ago due to its inability to officially hold its previous congregations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues beyond its control.


Students with degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication, Accounting, Banking and Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Computer Science, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, among others passed out.

The Founder of Academic City, Neeraj Varyani, encouraged the graduates to use the skills they had acquired and developed in their four years of study to impact and build businesses of their own to shape the international public policy and contribute to solving global challenges such as poverty and health.

He further charged them not to be afraid of mistakes in their journey to make the world a better place.

“Take chances, put your best foot forward and do not be scared to make mistakes. Mistakes are only going to make you smarter.

They made the dream you are witnessing today possible”, Mr Varyani reiterated.


The Vice Chancellor for the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Professor Richard Kwasi Amankwah, commended the governing council and academic board of the university for the milestone in producing world class students spiced with local content.

He mentioned that the institution had done a good job by inculcating knowledge, skill and expertise required in today’s technological world, which he encouraged the graduates to use adequately to succeed in the world of work.

Elizabeth Fio won the Overall Best Student with a GPA of 3.9, Best Engineering Student, President’s Award and the ACity Legacy Award.