UCC Management and Student Leaders Strategise to Meet Expectation of Students
A two-day retreat has been held for both management and students of the University to find solutions to some challenges affecting the welfare of students on campus.
The event was also to serve as a wake-up call on the various departments of the University to be proactive in the discharge of their duties.
Opening the retreat, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, said the retreat was not to find fault but to bring to bear situations on the ground and brainstorm the way forward.
Prominent among the concerns raised at the two-day retreat were; bureaucracy in the system; poor internet accessibility; inadequate security personnel, poor state of shuttle buses; poor state of some lecture theatres and indiscipline among some students.
Others were non-involvement of the JCRCs in decisions concerning students, non-functioning street lights; ban of some social events; creating employment opportunities for students; late release of academic results; improving the website outlook among others.
Highlights of resolutions at the retreat included the following:
• All policies of the Office of the Dean of students should be put on the University’s website
• Students registration should be digitalised to eliminate all forms of inconvenience especially for first year students.
• Students should be encouraged to make use of the numerous e-resources of the Sam Jonah Library
• SRC should be the Umbrella body to handle all issues affecting students of the University
• There should be routine maintenance for halls of residence/hostels as well as lecture theatres
• Examination results of students should be released on time
• Introduction of graduate assistantship concept
• Proper regulation of the shuttle buses on campus
• Enhance security on campus to ensure safety of staff, students and properties
• Counselling services should be strengthened with the use of technological applications
• University Health Services should make the health of students a priority
A committee was therefore formed to ensure the implementation of the resolutions of the retreat with the Vice-Dean of Students as the Chairman.
Present at the two-day retreat were the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro; Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan; Provost, College of Health and Allied Sciences, Prof. Harold Amonoo-Kuofi; Provost, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Prof. L. K. Sam-Ahmoah; College of Education Studies, Prof. Eric M. Wilmont; Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Prof. Ernest L. Okorley; Dean of Students, Prof. Kwoaw Edjah; Dean, Faculty of Law, Prof. Philip Bondzi-Simpson.
Others were the Director of Finance, Director of Academic Affairs, Mr. Jeff T. Onyame; Mrs. Elizabeth Obese; Director of Audit, Mr. Paul Owusu; Director of Health Services, Dr. Evans Ekanem; Director of Legal Consular and General Services, Mr. Moses Abnory; Director of Physical Development and Estate Management, Mr. Philip Ntim Owusu and Mr. Ernest Bentum of the Directorate of ICT.
The Hall masters/wardens who were present at the retreat included Atlantic Hall-Mr. K. Kissah-Korsah; Adehye Hall-Ms. Paulina Kwafoa; Casely Hayford-Prof Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme; Valco Hall-Mr. Reginald Ankrah, Kwame Nkrumah Hall-Mr. David C. Adukpo; Graduate Studies Hostel-Mr. Kofi Ntim; SRC Hostel-Mr. Moses Abnory.
The student leaders included the SRC President, Mr. Dennis Larbi-Ampofo; GRASAG President, Mr. Seth Odame, GRASSAG Secretary, Mr. Ernest Yaw Amoateng; SRC Secretary, Miss Dorinda Esi Bruce; Adehye Hall President, Miss Mahalia Bamford; Adehye Hall Secretary, Miss Deborah Danso.
The rest were Oguaa Hall President, Mr. Prince Adjetey; Oguaa Hall Secretary Miss Susana Amoasiwaa Mensah;Atlantic Hall President, Mr. Enoch Bart-Plange Tawiah Abeiku; Atlantic Hall Secretary, Miss Mabel Anokwah; Kwame Nkrumah Hall President, Mr. Peter Tetteh; Kwame Nkrumah Hall Secretary, Miss Aziave Mawunyo; Valco Hall President, Mr. Eric Adjei; Valco Hall Secretary, Miss Belinda Muby; Casely Hayford Hall President, Mr. Emmanuel Abuenyi Odum, and Casely Hayford Hall Secretary, Mr. Frank Owusu.