UCC to extend distance education across West Africa
The College of Distance Education (CoDE) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) is to collaborate with other universities across West Africa to run programmes by distance learning on their campuses.
The Vice Chancellor of UCC, Professor D.D. Kuupole, said as a result of the international appeal of the university’s academic programmes, there had been requests from sister universities within the West African region seeking collaboration and mentorship with the university for CoDE to run programmes on their campuses.
Prof. Kuupole was speaking at one of the four session ceremonies to graduate 9,203 students of the CoDE at the weekend.
He said the college was preparing the necessary documentation that would meet the requirement of external partnerships to undertake this international collaboration.
Again, he stated that three postgraduate centres under CoDE would be opened in Bolgatanga, Sunyani and Takoradi to bring higher education to the doorstep of many people.
Currently, there are postgraduate centres in Cape Coast, Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, while 73 other centres have been opened across the country to cater for the large and increasing clientele.
Prof. Kuupole said considering the immense impact distance learning had made on society, UCC remained focused on expanding access to tertiary education by distance learning in Ghana and beyond.
He said to enhance the academic progression of students, CoDE had given the opportunity to the current graduates to apply for the post-diploma programmes by distance mode for the 2016/2017 academic year to allow those who wanted to continue to do so without a break.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the university, Nana Samuel Brew Butler, said UCC had been innovative in the provision of higher education and also contributed in different ways to broaden its contribution to the national and global pursuit of economic growth and well-being.