UPSA graduates 4,783 students
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has graduated 4,783 students after meeting the academic requirements to earn various degrees from the institution.
The students, comprising 973 postgraduates, 2,969 undergraduates and 841 diploma, would be graduated in four out of the five sessions of the 15th Congregation which began last Tuesday and would end today, Friday.
The ceremony was to award appropriate degrees and diplomas to students who had completed the UPSA Law School, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Studies.
The UPSA Law School and Faculty of IT & Communication Studies graduated 1,271 students out of which the Law School presented 134 students, eight of whom obtained Second Class Upper,53 Second Class Lower, 56 Third Class and 17 pass.
The Faculty of IT and Communication Studies, on its part, graduated a 1,137 out of which 728 are undergraduates and 409 are diploma students.
For the undergraduate level, only one student obtained First Class, 136 Second Class Upper, 302 Second Class Lower, 259 Third Class and 30 pass.
Ten of the diploma students attained distinction, while 229 obtained credit and 170 had pass.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey, who commended the students for their successful completion of the university, urged them to be outstanding in whatever field they found themselves and become ambassadors for the institution.
“As graduates of the UPSA, you are well-prepared to face the challenges of the modern world.
Our university has a rich tradition of producing graduates who excel in their respective fields and I have no doubt you will continue this legacy”, he said.
Talking about some of the achievement of the university, Prof. Amartey said the 2023 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, a global ranking that measured universities against the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDG's), ranked high the UPSA in quality education.
“The UPSA's outstanding performance in SDG's Four, 8 and 16 has propelled it to the forefront of higher education institutions dedicated to creating a positive impact on society”.
The university, he said, enrolled 6,634 new students at the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year, bringing the total student population to 20,240.
He said the number included 2,085 postgraduate students, 15,708 undergraduate students, 1,954 diploma students and 493 professional students.
The total student population also comprised 10,713 male and 9,527 female.
The university, he disclosed, also received accreditation to introduce new academic programmes for the 2023/2024 academic year.
They included the Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Transport Management, Master of Arts in Digital and Strategic Marketing Management, Doctor of Philosophy in
Interdisciplinary Studies, Doctor of Philosophy in International Security and Intelligence and Master of Philosophy in Media and Digital Communication Management.
The process of admission and registration to enrol the first batch of students had already been completed and instructional activities had begun in earnest, he said.
The university,he said, also created a new department; the Department of Economics & Actuarial Science.
The department was carved out of the Department of Banking & Finance to ease the workload of the department and to bring about greater efficiency.
The President of the Ghana Bar Association,Yaw Acheampong Boafo, urged the graduates to be the change the country needed as corruption permeated the public sector and social arrangements.