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‘UCC will remain focused on academic standards’ – Pro Vice-Chancellor

By
Gideon Ahenkorah, GNA

Accra, July 2, GNA – Professor George K. T
Oduro, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has said the
university would continue to pursue strong academic standards despite the
complains of some students. 

Prof Oduro said it is untrue that the
University has harsh academic expectations, which scares prospective students
from seeking admission adding that “UCC only believes in quality, and we
cannot sacrifice quality for quantity”.    

The Pro-Vice- Chancellor was speaking with the
Ghana News Agency over the weekend, during the maiden national old students
reunion programme dubbed: “UCC Alumni ReConnect” in Accra. 

Held under the theme: “UCC, Let’s Rise to
Our Call”, the event was a collaborative work of the University’s
Institutional Advancement Office (IOA) and the UCC Alumni Association. 

Prof Oduro said the University has produced
excellent graduates who are serving the country in various capacities and this
was the result of the strong academic structure which continues to be”
very rigorous and highly competitive.”  

“I remember one student saying look, at
the way UCC insists on standards, it is not a good place to be. I told him the
University cannot sacrifice quality for anything, because we believe Ghana
needs quality graduates for economic growth and development.”

He said the UCC was committed to championing
robust academic initiatives to propel its vision to become the “University
of Competitive Choice” serving all types of industries all over the
world. 

As part of these initiatives, the University
has established a Directorate of Quality Assurance and the Directorate of
Research and Consulting, both the Pro-Vice- Chancellor said, were aimed at
boosting the academic performance of students through quality teaching.  

“Teaching is more effective when it is
based on research. The university also consults external bodies for some
advisory on quality teaching strategies,” he said.  

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor said the IAO was also
created to facilitate a direct relationship between academic programmes and
industry. 

“Universities must serve society. As
such, academic programmes must be tailored to the needs of the industry. UCC is
working hard to bridge the gap between academia and industry,” Prof Oduro
said. 

He expressed happiness at the attendance of
the event saying it was an indication that the old students were eager to meet
their mates and network among themselves. 
 

“This is also an avenue for mentorship as
the younger ones would find mentors in various industries.” 

The event which was coloured with inter-halls
fun games, music, UCC house of parliament sitting and a photo exhibition, was
attended by hundreds of old students from the ten regions of the country.  

Other alumni outside the country also sent
their solidarity messages, which were played on a giant screen at the official
launch of the programme.

The UCC maiden Alumni ReConnect, which also
featured Agorofie, a flagship programme of telecommunication network, Vodafone,
saw the alumni of five generations meeting to network, share memories and map
out plans to make the institution a world class university. 

GNA 

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