UDS Wa, Navrongo campuses to become autonomous universities

BY: Mohammed Fugu
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo says the Wa and Navrongo campuses of the University for Development Studies (UDS) will soon become autonomous universities.

He said the Bill for gazetting is currently in the office of the Attorney General, and once it is gazetted, it would be sent to Parliament for ratifications for the two campuses of UDS to become autonomous.

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“The Navrongo Campus will become an autonomous university, once the parliamentary processes are completed and it will be referred to as University of Technology and Applied Sciences. So, UDS Tamale will remain, thereafter, the exclusive property of the Northern Region”.

"The Wa campus of UDS will also be called the University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, once the bill is gazetted and sent to Parliament for ratification” he stated.

Government commitment


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Speaking at the 25th-anniversary celebration and 19th congregation of UDS in Tamale last Saturday, President Akuffo-Addo expressed the government’s resolve to re-tool UDS to become a centre of excellence that would continue to churn out graduates with the requisite entrepreneurial skills to contribute significantly to national development.

He said government through the Ministry of Education is working around the clock to construct an ultra-modern and a multipurpose lecture hall and other initiatives for the University.

Congratulating successive Governing Councils, Vice Chancellors, Management, Teaching and non-teaching staff, the President noted that, “UDS is no longer the University of last resort, as may have been the case yesteryear, but is today one of the best tertiary institutions in the entire country”.

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While urging the Vice Chancellor of UDS and Heads of other tertiary institutions to begin making adequate preparations to be able to absorb a large population of Free Senior High School students who would be seeking admission in the coming years, he assured of government’s commitment to initiate policies and programmes in the universities to enhance the capacities of graduates to contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the country.

Congregation/anniversary

This year's congregation coincided with the 25th-anniversary celebration of the University for Development Studies and it is the first time in the history of the university that, a sitting president has graced its congregation.

A total of 5,766 graduates comprising 5600 diploma and undergraduates, and 162 post-graduates and two PHD students who studied various programmes graduated this year.

The Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye commended the government for its continued support to transform the university and assured that, his outfit would work hard to churn out graduates who will contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the country.