The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has procured 10,000 Computer tablets from Huawei Technologies for distribution to fresh students of the College of Distance Education (CoDE), the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Domwini D. Kuupole has announced.
He said the tablet computers, procured in collaboration with the Distance Education Students Association of Ghana, (DESAG), was part of efforts to incorporate Information Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning to enhance academic work at the college.
Prof Kuupole announced this at the 12th Matriculation held, on Wednesday, in Cape Coast to officially admit 16,770 fresh students into the University’s CoDE for the 2014/2015 Academic Year.
He also announced that the University had arranged with Huawei Technologies to give other CoDE students the opportunity to acquire tablets for their academic work on condition that they would make full payments within the stipulated time to ensure rapid delivery.
Prof. Kuupole said that the company had also accepted to set up after sales and servicing points in all the 10 regions to assist in repairs and to teach students how to use them to make the tablets more functional to students.
He said that the University was testing an e-learning platform, which it mounted a year ago, to help withstand the loads of thousands of students logging onto the various platforms when full operation begins.
Out of the total number of students that matriculated, 13,839 are pursuing various programmes in Education with the remaining 2,931, pursuing Business-related programmes, while 517 students were admitted for the post graduate programmes.
On the gender break down, 9,376 are males while 7,394 are females; a ratio of 55.9 to 44.1, which according to Prof. Kuupole, was significant because the University was aiming at a gender ratio of one is to one in admissions.
Prof. Kuupole urged students to adhere to all the rules and regulations of the University and their programmes of study, saying that, “You have a role to play in maintaining your reputation and that of the university… the university does not compromise on its academic standards.”
This year’s ceremony was decentralized into zones to reduce the risk involved in long journeys and other inconveniences students from other centres across the country hitherto had to go through in order to attend the ceremony. GNA