The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole has noted that the University of Cape Coast is committed to preparing productive citizens and future leaders who can serve the national and global community in diverse ways.
He noted that UCC would therefore, not renege on it’s standards of providing quality tertiary education to students. “We nurture and challenge students to grow socially, physically, morally and intellectually. We offer you relevant quality education that makes you think critically and apply your knowledge to real life situation”, he said.
Prof. Kuupole made these statements during the matriculation ceremony for students admitted to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year.
A total of 5, 051 fresh students have been admitted into various programmes in the University. Out of the number, 4, 609 are undergraduate students comprising 2, 811 males and 1, 798 females, the postgraduates are 336 for masters and 106 for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole observed that whilst less people were admitted to pursue the conventional system of university education, more were opting for the Sandwich and Distance Education modes. He however gave the assurance that “The University is determined to increase postgraduate admission to 20% of the total admission in the foreseeable future”. He said, the high student population was putting pressure on lecturers and facilities of the University. He added that “the student/lecturer ratio is very high and the current teaching staff deserve commendation and respect from all of us, especially from students. The sacrifice they are making are in the interest of student”.
Equal Opportunity University
Prof. Kuupole mentioned that the University of Cape Coast as an equal opportunity University, was uniquely placed to provide quality education through the provision of comprehensive, liberal and professional programmes that challenge learners to be creative, innovative and morally responsible citizens.
He indicated that UCC would continue to nurture and challenge students to grow socially, physically, morally and intellectually. “This is the culture into which you have been admitted. As students, you must fulfill your part in the achievement of this noble vision and to help build up positive image of the University”, he pointed out.
Advice to Students
Advising the fresh students to be disciplined as they pursued their education, Prof. Kuupole asked them to be guided by the Students Handbook and Academic Programmes, Policies and Regulation documents. He noted that the documents would guide them to conform to the rules and regulations of the University. “The Students Handbook is not there to police students and find scape goats to punish, but to make students behave responsibly in order to make life comfortable for every person who has the desire to pursue university education on this campus”, he told the students.
Prof. Kuupole entreated the students to conduct themselves, individually and collectively in a very disciplined and responsible manner. He told them to be rational and responsible in whatever activities they engage in. he further advised that “Let the training you receive develop you holistically to be trustworthy and effective future leaders”.