The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole has entreated churches that have established educational institutions to adequately provide them with the needed financial and logistic support to effectively and efficiently deliver quality education to their students.
Prof. Kuupole advised leaders of churches to avoid incessant interference in the running of their educational institutions but rather provide the enabling environment for them to operate.
The Vice-Chancellor made this call during the 7th Congregation of the Ghana Baptist University College, Kumasi (GBUC) an affiliate of the University of Cape Coast.
Prof. Kuupole commended GBUC for the high standards of academic work the institution had put in place stressing that “GBUC is one of the best affiliate institutions in terms of adherence to affiliation guidelines and the National Accreditation Board (NAB) regulations.” In view of this, the Vice-Chancellor prayed that the GBUC would soon be granted a Presidential Charter to be on its own feet to be autonomous degree awarding institution provided they maintain the high standards.
Touching on the contribution of private universities to the educational sector of the country, Prof. Kuupole pointed out that “the 10 public universities in Ghana take less than 50% of qualified applicants with the rest being absorbed by the private universities in the country.” He therefore commended GBUC for contributing towards the expansion of quality tertiary education to the teeming qualified students in the country. He gave the assurance that UCC would continue to help GBUC to succeed in its quest to produce quality human capital needed for national development.
Delivering an address at the ceremony, the Deputy President of GBUC, thanked UCC for the good mentorship the University College continues to receive. He promised the Vice-Chancellor that GBUC would always learn best practices to position the University College as a centre of excellence. He announced that they have received approval from NAB to begin a Diploma and Bachelor of Education in English which are all affiliated to UCC. He also mentioned the Nursing programme which had already been approved and awaiting clearance from the Nurses and Midwifery Council.
The Vice-Chancellor later conferred degrees on 612 graduands of GBUC at the ceremony.