GTUC Holds 8th Congregation
An impressive and colourful ceremony was organized to mark the 8 Congregation of Ghana Technology University College (GTUC).
The ceremony marks the end of a three year PhD programme the University runs in collaboration with Aalborg University, Denmark. The PhD programme is in Telecommunication Engineering and Information Communication Technology and graduates pursued various areas of research in the fields.
The congregation also saw the end of one year graduate studies for students of the GTUC- Coventry University programmes for the 2013/2014 academic year. In all, about 255 students graduated in various disciplines.
The ceremony was attended by the Pro VC, International Development, Coventry University, UK, Dr. David Pilsbury, Chairman of the GTUC Council, and Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee who was the Guest Speaker for the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by officials from higher institutions, media personnel, alumni, family and friends of graduates and other dignitaries.
Speaking at the function, the President of GTUC, Dr. Osei K. Darkwa, said while consolidating existing partnerships with institutions in countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, India, China and the United States. GTUC has entered into a new partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Meraka Institute, South Africa.
The collaboration seeks to establish a formal relationship between GTUC and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Meraka Institute, South Africa to promote capacity building and the exchange of best practices. It will also provide a framework for the establishment of collaborative research work in the areas of technology, engineering and Information Communication Systems, he added.
He further stated that, GTUC is collaborating with the Open University to deliver a one year online postgraduate programme in Cyber Security. Some modules under the programme include Network Security, Digital Forensics, and Information Risk Management. It is expected that the introduction of the programme will help satisfy the demand for IT Security expects in the country.
GTUC Council Chair, Prof. Walter S. Alhassan in his welcome address said “The College is keen to ensure, that as our graduates embark on this remarkable journey today, they are equipped with the tools and knowledge that will be required to help them succeed in the world and in their places of employment. It is expected that GTUC products will make a positive difference wherever they find themselves”. He assured graduates of their enormous potential and advised them to pursue their dreams.
Speaking at the event, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee said “As technology continues to evolve at breakneck speed, global trade also continues to expand and social, political and environmental problems threaten stability and safety. Great leaders are therefore needed now more than ever in business, government, education, health and our communities”. She encouraged graduates to accept the challenge to grow the six roots of integrity, vision, concern, creativity, results – orientation and courage. She added that graduates should do whatever it takes to cause the OAK TREE OF LEADERSHIP to flourish, offering its shelter and strength to those around them.
A member of the graduating class, Mr. King Mensah Taylor speaking on behalf of his colleagues said “With the knowledge gained from GTUC/Coventry and Aalborg University, we are now a generation with potential for change. We are now equipped with the knowledge, attitude and skills required to meet the demands of today’s highly competitive industrial environment.