He was speaking at the 18th Matriculation Ceremony of the college in Accra last Tuesday to initiate fresh students to the university to pursue various academic programmes.
“We do not only educate our students to succeed in their academic aspiration; we educate them to position them to effect a positive transformation in society which will lead to academic, as well as moral and spiritual development,” he said.
Out of 2,087 applicants, the university admitted 1,426 made up of 880 males and 537 females.The number exceeded last year’s enrolment of 936, representing an increase of 52.3 per cent.
The students will pursue courses in Business, Computer Science, Development Studies, Education and Health sciences, and Theology and Missions. The Bachelor of Education (Sandwich) programme made the highest enrolment of 782, representing 54.8 per cent of the total enrolment.
Professor Buor charged the matriculants to uphold discipline in all that they do and urged them to “show respect for lecturers, staff, fellow students, and adhere to all rules and regulations of the college.”
He said the college was collaborating with the Ghana Employers Association to introduce a Postgraduate Diploma programme in Industrial Relations next year.
He, however, indicated that the expansion of the academic programmes calls for massive infrastructure, adding that seven projects; three student’s hostels, three blocks of flats for faculty and staff and a 2000 seat lecture complex building were under construction and would be inaugurated in May 2013.
“A part of our responsibility to train you morally and spiritually, and for the sake of social decorum and uniformity, we expect you to attend our religious gatherings because it is part of your training process,” he said .
Professor Buor urged the students to attach all seriousness to their studies, saying” tertiary education is very expensive so we expect you to avoid unproductive activities and concentrate on your studies in order not to jeopardise your future.”
He also urged the faculties to continue to search for current information on their various areas of speciality and new methodologies that will help train students.