The Vice-Chancellor’s awards ceremony in honour of graduates and continuing students who distinguished themselves during the 2017/2018 academic year has been held.
The two-day event which took place at the Great Hall of the University witnessed the presentation of awards to students from the Colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences and Health Sciences on the first day, February 28, 2018; and the Colleges of Humanities and Education on the second day, March 1, 2019.
Delivering the statement of purpose for the ceremony, the Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia stated that, the Academic Awards was instituted by the University to applaud the hard work of students.
Mrs. Haizel-Ashia expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors and donors for supporting the awards ceremony and believing in the University’s vision of becoming a “World Class Research intensive University”. She was optimistic of a long term relationship between the University and the sponsors of the awards ceremony.
Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia presenting an award
In his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu indicated that, the awards was to honour graduate and continuing students who had excelled in their academic disciplines and in extra curricula activities during the 2017/2018 academic year and to serve as an incentive to spur the awardees on to greater heights.
Prof. Oduro Owusu disclosed that there were approximately 170 awards with over 140 recipients. He charged the awardees to uphold the University’s values of integrity, commitment, respect and loyalty while urging them to be good ambassadors of the University in all their endeavours.
The Vice Chancellor indicated that, unlike previous years, this year’s ceremony had been scheduled to take place on two different days in order to afford the sponsors and recipients ample time for fruitful interactions in a more relaxed atmosphere.
He commended the sponsors for their contribution and unflinching support towards the academic awards in recent years. Prof. Oduro Owusu revealed that this year’s Academic Awards had 11 new sponsors coming on board and expressed his sincere gratitude to them for the kind gesture towards a good cause. Prof. Oduro Owusu commended the Board of Trustees of the Academic Awards for the hard work and dedication to duty.
Dr. George Annan of the College of Health Sciences received the highest number of awards with a total of four (4) awards. Mr. Mathew Affel and Ernest Teye Ayumu were also recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for the Best Graduating Student admitted under the University of Ghana’s Policy for Less Endowed Schools. Mr. Joshua Agamah and Vera Dzidula Agbenyefia received the best Male and Best Female Graduating Sport Personality awards respectively.
In brief remarks, Mrs. Christy Badu, Acting Director of Academic Affairs acknowledged all the sponsors (both corporate and individuals) for their unflinching support in honouring outstanding students.
Mrs. Christy Badu, Acting Director of Academic Affairs
Delivering the remarks on behalf of the sponsors, Dr. Wisdom Amegbletor, and Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu CEO, New Crystal Health Services and Head of Marketing and Communication, Stanbic Bank Ghana Ltd. respectively applauded the awardees for their achievements and reiterated the sponsors’ belief in education as key to national development. They charged the awardees to be entrepreneurs and critical thinkers to help solve identified problems in the society. Furthermore, the awardees were advised to be focused and believe in themselves.
Dr. Wisdom Amegbletor
Miss Abena Adjeiwah Williams and Miss Suzette Adzo Attopley on behalf of the awardees extended appreciation to the University, lecturers, sponsors and their parents for their immense support and motivation. They encouraged their fellow recipients to strive hard and help to uplift the image of the University and build a better nation.
Miss Suzette Adzo Attopley
Present at the ceremonies was the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. Francis Dodoo, Provosts of all four Colleges; Prof. Samuel Agyei Mensah, Prof. Daniel Asideu, Prof. Patrick Ayeh Kumi and Prof. Michael Tagoe. Also present was the Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella Amoa, Deans of the various Schools, Heads of Departments, College Secretaries and family and friends of the awardees.
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. Francis Dodoo presenting an award
The ceremony was interspersed with poetry recitals from Dr. Rachel Ekua Ekumah, Head of Theatre Arts Department and seprewa by Mr. Osei Korankye, Performing Artist, Institute of African Studies.