The National Accreditation Board (NAB) has approved the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) to mount new faculties.
They are the Faculty of Social Science and Arts, School of Education and Life - Long Learning, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Faculty of Public Policy and Governance.
Other courses, such as Law, Hospitality and Tourism, are being prepared for approval by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), formerly known as the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Philip Duku Osei, announced this at the maiden matriculation of students of the university at Wa last Saturday.
Hitherto, the university was known as the Wa Campus of the University of Development Studies (UDS ).
A total of 2,368 students accepted admissions to the SDD-UBIDS of which 817 of them, constituting 35 per cent, are females. The figure represents 154 postgraduate students and 2,214 undergraduate students.
Prof. Osei said the figures were the number of students who confirmed their admission out of the 5,412 students who the institution offered admission. This was out of the 9,000 application forms which were sold out.
Prof. Osei, therefore, charged the students to be conscious of the trust reposed in them by their parents and guardians to become useful citizens for the society, cautioning them to be disciplined and make good use of their stay on campus.
He reminded them that "the oath you will be taking today is to be obedient to all those in authority and to be of good conduct throughout your stay in the university.”
Prof. Osei mentioned that although the university had some infrastructural challenges, “management remains on course to pursue the President's promise to bring on board more projects and resources to make this university a befitting place for effective teaching and learning.”
He informed them that all their halls of residence had been refurbished to accommodate them comfortably and further explained that students could contact the Office of Students Accommodation, which had now been placed under the Office of the Dean of Students for information on available hostels should they require them.