Vice President John Mahama VICE PRESIDENT, John Dramani Mahama, has assured that government will not hesitate to use appropriate measures to withdraw the accreditation of any private tertiary institution which would be found to be operating below the required standards.
He reiterated that tertiary education was significant for the eradication of illiteracy and providing opportunities for all and that it was and still is the area where government would invest heavily as this was the case during Nkrumah's regime.
Vice president Mahama was addressing the 2009 congregation of the Regent university college of science and technology at the 2nd graduation and 4th matriculation over the weekend, where 541 students matriculated and 215 students graduated in various disciplines.
Extension of the GETFund facility to cover private universities, he stressed, would be parliaments favourable request at the appropriate time, his administration would critically examine the utilisation practices and processes of the GETFund in order to improve efficiency and ensure that it is also used for the stipulated purposes.
He was impressed about the vast infrastructural development and the introduction of the first AMBA, the first master's level programme in electrical Engineering and information Technology (MEng).
Highlighting on science and technology education, vice president Mahama indicated that it was an important instrument in the search for sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Vice president Mahama revealed that the request made by the Univeristy concerning power fluctuations at the King's Campus of the university and the need for a pedestrian flyover at the main campus near McCarthy Hill, the tarring of the short strip of the road in front of the Roquah campus at Laterbiokorshie will be referred to the appropriate agencies for further action.
He congratulated the grandaunts who were given certificates for their achievements and reminded them to productively and creatively apply what they have learnt to improve themselves and the society.
Chief executive officer and president of Regent University Prof.E Kingsley Kwabena Larbi, on his part, thanked the vice president for honouring the invitation to be part of the occasion, adding that “your presence here, Mr. Vice president, is a clear indication of the special value that you attach to higher education”.
Prof.E Kingsley Kwabena Larbi revealed that the university was undertaking plans to help develop two selected rural schools in the Suhum community.
Students with leadership potentials and needy students who suffered from economic hardship would stand a chance of benefiting from a scholarship fund for students of Regent University; three students from the University are already beneficial of this special fund and have successfully completed their degree programmes.
He noted that the main campus at McCathy Hills which was undergoing construction was almost at its completion stage as more facilities would be constructed in due course.
Three awards were presented to the best student of the school of social arts and science, best student for information and engineering and an award for the overall best student.
Out of the total number of students matriculated, 29 of them were shortlisted to offer the programme Ambar accredited management business in administration (AMBA).
Meanwhile out of the 215 students who graduated, 6 read programmes which include computer science, computing with education, management with computing, banking and finance with French, accounting and information system and economics with computing.
By Edna Akintonde