Prof Salifu said as Ghana was gradually heading towards a middle-income country, its universities must also aspire to become world-class research institutions. He said conscious efforts must be made to address the postgraduate gap at the universities to be able to achieve that.
He challenged UCC and other universities in the country to intensify their activities to ensure that tertiary education remained relevant by widening their scope to solve critical needs of the nation.
Speaking at the 49th Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies, UCC, he also commended UCC for the efforts in churning out quality graduate students.
A total of 2,214 students who pursued various post-graduate programmes at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) graduated at the 49th congregation on Saturday.
They included 51, PhD; 266 MPhil, and 1,719 MBA, MSc, MEd, MA as well as Post-Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Certificate in various disciplines including nursing.
Prof. Ghartey Ampiah, UCC VC
Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, Vice Chancellor of UCC said graduate education continued to be the focus of UCC both in the medium and long terms. In this regard, he said the university would continue to churn out graduate students with strong ethics and commitment to society.
The Vice Chancellor announced that subject to approval by the Academic Board, the university would introduce dual degree programmes and article-based thesis to provide flexibility for research and to catch up with international trends in expanding acknowledge.
He said postgraduate enrollment was shifting from the regular mode to sandwich and distance and indicated that the university would re-position itself to meet the shift in demand for graduate education.
A CampusLeakz News Desk report