Message From the President
As we head towards the end of the year, I am very excited at what we have already achieved over the past 8 months. Indeed, 2019 has been a year of notable progression in so many ways. As I stated in my address to the University Community at the beginning of the year, it’s very important to continuously enhance the GTUC students’ experience, particularly bearing in mind that students are our primary stakeholders and the most valuable persons on this campus.
I am happy to inform you that, many positive strides have been made towards the enhancement of the student experience. Worthy to mention few are; uninterrupted internet services, refurbished lecture halls, quality student/staff relationship and the improved systems and structures put in place by the various Offices to ensure that the GTUC student is given the best service. Always remember that the reason for our being is the GTUC student; without students, there is no school. It’s about humanity, humility, respect for each other and the job we have CHOSEN to do. Our passion is to see our students succeed and transformed into great future leaders and professionals.
Given the above, I am also very delighted to update you on developments that have been towards promotion of staff training. All staff and senior members are being encouraged to embark on professional developments to ensure value addition to the skills they already possess. Management has recently approved of tuition support for both administrative and faculty members. I am especially glad to update you on our newest partnership with Jiangsu University in China, this collaboration will enable the University College receive 25 fully sponsored PhD scholarships for faculty members over the next 5 years. The first 5 faculty members have been selected and will go to China to begin their PhDs shortly in October this year. We wish them all the best as they embark on what will no doubt be a rewarding endeavor.
Last month, we also saw another successful congregation ceremony, with a total of 233 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students receiving their degrees. A team from GTUC comprising myself, the Vice President, Prof. Blankson and the Council Chair, Prof. Kwame Osei Boateng also attended the graduation ceremony in Coventry University (CU), where 66 of our CU postgraduate students also received their degrees. I am very pleased to announce that our engagements with the CU Management has led to an improvement in our partnership which will only serve to strengthen the collaboration between us. GTUC is expecting to host highly powerful delegation from CU in the month of September 2019 and I am confident that we will all play our roles individually and as a team to ensure the GTUC hospitality is felt to the fullest by them all.
Finally, I would like to give brief update on goal to becoming a public university. The GTUC Bill has gone through cabinet, presented to parliament and it has been discussed at the Education Committee of Parliament. I am hopeful that, upon reconvening of Parliament this last quarter the Bill will be brought forward for final discussions and passage. I wish to urge all members of the University College to note that, it is a main priority for GTUC to go public and encourage you all to ready yourself for the transitioning which should be confirmed soon.
As always I want to thank you all for your sterling efforts throughout the year thus far and I urge you all to continue in the same vein and finish hard as we draw closer to the end of 2019.
Ag. President, GTUC,
Prof. Emmanuel Ohene-Afoakwa