Management of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has taken steps to solve the accommodation challenges that its postgraduate students face.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey, has disclosed that a property has been purchased by authorities and will be converted into a Postgraduate Hostel.
He mentioned this at the 2020/2021 matriculation ceremony to welcome some 883 postgraduate students to the university community.
The ceremony was held on Friday, 22nd January 2021.
“There is also a challenge of shortage of accommodation for our graduate students, leaving many of you at the mercy of private hostel owners. We understand the specific needs of our graduate students and I am happy to inform you that the University has purchased property behind this Auditorium, which will be converted into a Postgraduate Hostel,” he said.
Still on accommodation, he noted that infrastructure development projects were progressing according to schedule despite the challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease.
“In spite of all the challenges brought about by the pandemic, all the new infrastructural development projects initiated in 2019 are progressing according to schedule. This includes the two hostel buildings – which will both house 813 students – and the multipurpose twin tower building which will comprise commercial, office, and lecture rooms,” Prof. Okoe Amartey added
Meanwhile, Prof. Okoe Amartey has announced that the university will adopt a hybrid mode of teaching and learning for the 2020/2021 academic year.
For the first 6 weeks of the first semester, teaching and learning will be in-person.
The other 6 weeks will have academic activities undertaken online.
Examinations will largely be held in-person with examinations for a few courses taken on-line or as take-home assignments.
The University received a total of 1,288 postgraduate applications for the 2020/2021 academic year.
At the end of the admission process, a total of 1,212 applicants were offered admission.
The total number of registered postgraduate fresh students stands at 883.
This includes 25 PhD students, 31 MPhil students, 658 MBA students, 143 MA/MSc students and 26 MBA (Distance Learning) students.
The registered fresh students comprise of 508 males and 375 females, bringing the male to female ratio for the 2020/2021 academic year to 6:4.
The University says that this year’s intake represents about 26.87 percent increase over that of the previous year.
Prof. Okoe Amartey also mentioned that the University has received approval to introduce the MSc Procurement Management programme.
He was certain that it will be available to students who will be admitted next year.
That aside, he was happy that the university was matriculating the first batch of students who have been enrolled onto the MSc Insurance Risk Management Programme after receiving accreditation to mount it last year.
Story by: Nana Adwoa Wiafe Akenteng | universnewsroom.com