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23.10.2008 Education

G.T. Varsity Trains More Undergraduates

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour -

THE Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC), in Accra has held its second undergraduate graduation ceremony during which 270 students from the Faculty of Telecom Engineering and Informatics were awarded certificates.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Ben Aggrey Ntim, said with the rising trend in technological advancement, it behoves on all especially students to attach premium to study and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

He said “with the world becoming a global village, it has become very easy for transmission of information and technology among member countries and this has contributed greatly to development, transformation and growth, of all sectors of the economy.”

Dr. Ntim noted that, for Ghana to compete favourably with other developed countries, there was the need to train more people in the telecommunication industry.

He noted that because of the role and contribution that ICT plays it has become a basic requirement for employment in every establishment and urged the students to take its study  seriously.

The president of the Regent University College, Prof. Kingsley Larbi, the guest speaker, expressed concern about the way Ghana and other developing countries continue to depend on developed and donor countries for assistance.

He said “the time has come for African leaders to adopt the willingness and the can-do attitude rather than depending on foreign directives.”

Prof Larbi said that the educational sector has a duty to perform in making significant contributions to help the country gain “a 21st century push in its social dream and economic development by becoming the nation's pacesetter in innovation and a major player in capacity building.”

The president of GTUC, Dr Osei K. Darkwa, said since its establishment three years ago, the university has turned out 483 graduates.

He said the University continue to attract students from various countries around the world, saying that this year alone it admitted 53 students from 16 African countries to pursue various programmes.

Dr. Darkwa said the university continue to build academic partnership with a number of institutions of higher learning in Ghana and around the world including the Massachusetts  Institute of Technology in the United States of America (USA), the Aalborg University in Denmark, and the University of Wisconsin at Stout, USA, among others.