Chess is more than a game of conquest, and competitive skill. Chess is a reflection of life creatively engaged, of intelligence explored and of creativity examined.
It takes a combination of left and right brain thinking to maneuver successfully on the board.
The game of chess is designed to represent the world of transformations on a restricted eld of action. Chess mirrors our relationship with the outer world, and allows us to reflect upon our inner self as we warp and weave our way to victory. That is why at GTUC we continue to look for partnerships that strengthen and complement our efforts.
To the enlightened mind, chess serves as a platform for creative transformation of the mind and spirit. And that is what we seek to create at GTUC. We are moulding the minds and hearts of Africa’s young.
The chessboard has 64 squares of alternating colors. One interpretation is that the white squares represent the path of the intellect and the black represents the devotional path of the heart. Each piece represents a different position, power and possibility in life.
Great minds of history have appreciated the game of chess, among them, Goethe, Shakespeare, and Aristotle. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Chess teaches foresight, by having to plan ahead, vigilance…by having to keep watch over the whole chessboard…caution, by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves…and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life, that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we should not lose heart, but always hope for a change for the better, and steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems.” And it is this tenacity of spirit that has led GTUC to grow to one of the most respected private universities in Ghana in spite of our very humble beginnings.
Chess is an excellent opportunity to study yourself and how you relate to the world. Are you cautious or fearless? Do you lead with your head or your heart? Can you move between both at will? Can you see the whole and where it’s leading or are you stuck in the isolation of the moment? Can you forge through to the very end without ever giving up?
Learning never to give up is a necessity in any problem-solving venture. Chess is a game that truly allows you to open the mind to its fullest extent and we believe that is what an education at GTUC does for you.
The Adinkra Symbol
This Adinkra is a symbol of knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge. We chose this particular Adinkra symbol not only because of its very positive associations but to define our identity as an African institution with global qualities.
Knowledge is awareness of knowing about what, why, when, where and how of anything.It is power. Power is of two kinds: one physical and the other intellectual. The physical power includes strength and skills to do things, to perform acts and to produce goods. The intellectual power include – recall, recognition, retention, reasoning, imagination, curiosity and so on.
Literally it means to see, listen, understand, desire, plan, work and achieve. So knowledge helps an individual not only to desire but also to achieve what he desires. Humanity’s thirst and quest for knowledge has led to the evolution of man from homo sapient to a being that is able to create, develop and grow.
In modern times knowledge and the learning that comes thereof has changed this world to one that is so technologically advanced that huge part of our lives are now controlled by technology. We have advanced so much in science that we are able to produce whatever we want, go wherever we like and turn forces of nature to our advantage. Indeed, we have so dominated our planet that we seek to find what exists in other planets. It is only the quest for knowledge and the constant curiosity that comes with it that can lead to this search. As a university this is our goal. To have an unending thirst
And desire for knowledge and the impartation of it. Knowledge sharpens the mind and intelligence, which in turn improves further quest and desire for adventure and investigation.
Today, knowledge of science and technology rules the world. So at GTUC we will continue to search for knowledge through constant learning and innovation.
The Colours Yellow and Blue
Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with freedom, intuition, imagination, inspiration and sensitivity. Blue also represents depth, sincerity, confidence, stability, faith, intelligence and higher ideals. And all these are qualities we aspire to at GTUC.
For us, Blue also represents
Yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect
The color yellow relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception.
The color yellow is uplifting and illuminating. Yellow also represents practical thinking. The color yellow indicates decisiveness, it relate to clarity of thought and ideas, making you analytical and critical. This includes being self critical.
For us, it means