Massive infrastructural development at UEW – Asabere-Ameyaw

There has been massive inflow of resources into infrastructural development and procurement of relevant equipment for enhanced teaching, learning and research on the campuses of the University of Education from 2007.

Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, the out-going Vice-Chancellor of the University, said this at a lecture he organised to give account of his eight-year stewardship, at Winneba.

It was attended by Deans, Deputies, Directors, heads of departments, Principals of the four campuses and staff.

Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said his administration has completed all the projects that were started before he assumed office in 2007, and had also completed more than 90 per cent of those that were started after 2007.

The projects are spread on the four campuses of the university in Kumasi, Asante Mampong, Ajumako and Winneba, he said.

According to him, “the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and equipment of the university are unsurpassed in the sub-region”.

“There are over 200 computers for academic work with new ones available in stock, compared to the less than 50 in 2007,” he said.

He said Student Population had increased from a total of 22,310 in October 2007, to 43,460 in 2014.

This comprises17,487 full time students, 15,564 Distance Education students and 10,409 Sandwich and Part-time students.

Out of the total enrollment, 18,603 of them are females representing 43 per cent, he said, and explained that it was the target of the University to very soon hit the national males: female ratio of 1:1.

According to the out-going VC, the University appointed and invested into office Alhaji (Dr) Asuma Abu Banda, the Chairman of Antrak Group of Companies, as its first Chancellor of the University in 2010, for a five-year term.

The outgoing VC said there had been significant and consistent growth in the number of Distance Education students, adding that from a total student population of 7,954 in 2007, the number had increased to almost 14,000.

According to him, the Distance Education Learning Centres had also been increased from 12 in 2007 to 28, explaining that new Centres had been opened at Half Assini, Dambai, Techiman, Tarkwa, Assini Fosu, Obuasi, Takoradi, Hohoe and Sogakope.

Prof Asabere-Ameyaw said the University had also expanded academic programmes to 51 centres/departments and in total offered 92 undergraduate programmes and 98 postgraduate programmes. GNA

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