The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey has revealed that 18,106 (51%) applicants out of 35,630 were offered admissions for 2015/2016 academic year.
Out of the 18,106 admitted, 8,541 have registered; made up of 6,121 undergraduate students and 2,420 graduate students.
Speaking at the Matriculation ceremony for freshmen, Prof.Aryeetey stated that the University continues to receive large numbers of applications for admissions each year.
“The University continues to receive large numbers of application for admission each year. However, due to the limited facilities and human resources in the University, and in line with the process of recreating the University to be classified as a research university, by reducing undergraduate admissions while increasing graduate admissions, we are forced to once again turn down the applications of many otherwise qualified applicants”.
Prof. Aryeetey also stated that the University offered admission to students from less endowed schools on concessionary basis. The University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS), introduced last academic year, was utilized once more. This policy, the Vice Chancellor explained,
“Offered admission to talented sportsmen and women based on their sporting abilities. Students admitted under the policy, must first satisfy the general entry requirements of the University and also show proof of athletic ability”.
Out of the 35,630 applications received, 14,737 and 3,369 were admitted for undergraduate and graduate programs respectively.
For international applications, the University of Ghana received 2,967 undergraduate and 1,593 graduate applications. 844 and 310 were admitted for undergraduate and graduate respectively.
“I am very pleased to welcome all international students to the University of Ghana. You are all encouraged to make use of the rich diversity of cultures from all these countries here present at Legon”, Prof Aryeetey stated.
Prof. Aryeetey called on matriculants to work hard to ensure that the university performs better in future rankings.
“The latest University rankings compiled by the Thompson Reuters places the University of Ghana in the 10th position among African Universities. The times Higher Education list of the top 15 Universities in Africa places the University of Ghana at number 12. In the Webometrics ranking for Africa, the University of Ghana moved from 52 in 2009 to 19 at the beginning of 2015. In the QS ranking, we remain one of only four Universities from Sub-Saharan Africa listed for the first time ever in 2015.
You have therefore gained admission to the highest ranked university in West Africa across all the different tables”.
Earning a degree from home
The Vice Chancellor revealed that the Distance Learning programme in the College of Education has been restructured to offer an opportunity for people to earn a degree from the comfort of their homes. The mode of delivery is a combination of e-learning and face to face interactions. The present available programs are Bachelor of Science programme in Administration, the Bacheleor of Arts programme and the Bachelor of Science programme in Information Technology.
“Also on offer is the Bachelor of Science programme in nursing which was introduced in the 2014/2015 academic year for professional nurses who already have a Diploma in nursing certificate from recognized Nursing Training Colleges in Ghana. Students admitted to this programme, start studies in February each year. All of these programs will be run at the regional learning centers, so students who are workers can remain at post while pursuing their programs.
Perhaps the most significant about this is that students can obtain a degree from the University of Ghana at their doorsteps, with all lectures and examinations taking place at the Regional Learning Centers, so there is no need for major disruptions in their lives”, he said.
Under physical development, the Vice Chancellor stated that the University of Ghana Medical Center is expected to start working by March 2016. This facility is expected to house the College of Health Sciences currently situated at the Korle-Bu campus.
The 64 million dollar project with Africa Integras which includes construction of an expanded facility for the College of Humanities, a new college of education, a new dedicated facility for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, as well as a new facility for the College of Health Sciences to be located near the new medical center, 1,000 new student hostel beds, is expected to be completed by September 2017.
Prof. Aryeetey encouraged matriculants facing financial challenges to apply for consideration for the various support schemes when they are advertised.
The Vice Chancellor concluded his speech by advising matriculants to remember that they are solely responsible for their actions, despite the fact that they will be forming bonds that will help them grow.