Central University College will from next year run programmes in Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and in Civil Engineering.
This forms part of the International Central Gospel Church’s (ICGC) quest to provide quality and accessible education to excite career opportunities for products of the university and plans were underway to make it a one-stop shop of outstanding graduates for the corporate world.
It is in view of this that the university had resolved to offer sufficient career guidance and counselling for students in choosing areas of speciality.
Professor Victor Patrick Yao Gadzekpo, President of the university college, disclosed this at the school’s annual open and career day programme at Miotso in the Dangme West District of the Greater Accra Region.
He indicated that “as we strive to equip our students with the requisite knowledge about appreciating the country’s problems better and finding satisfactory solutions, a community service has been put in place for all students to go out and have a field experience as well as learn how to manage people”.
For his part, Prof. Oduro Afriyie, Vice President of the university, stated that the school is a top-notch institution that trains people in various fields, explaining that their desire was to see their alumni leading in the corporate world.
He said that had also necessitated introduction of French as a second language for students, considering Ghana as a country being surrounded by French speaking nations.
Prof. Afriyie, however, expressed disappointment at the lazy attitude adopted by Ghanaians students towards learning French, saying, “French nationals would always want to get first-hand information on the English language; this often opens various job opportunities for them, whilst we are left behind”.
He, therefore, tasked the students to develop interest in the study of French. The open and career day programme is designed by the university for final second cycle students within the Greater Accra Region.
It is designed to afford them the opportunity to have first-hand information on the school and its programmes; it also gives the students an insight into choosing a professional career after their senior high school.
This year’s event saw Accra Academy, Nungua Senior High, Accra Girls, Tema Senior High School, Chemu Senior High School, Prampram Senior High and Ghanatta Senior High School in Dodowa participating.
Central University College started as a Pastoral Training Institute in 1989 and was incorporated as Central Bible College in 1991. The year 1998 saw the Bible College metamorphosing into a university college following its accreditation by the National Accreditation Board.
The school currently offers programmes in Theology and Missions, Business Management, Arts and Social Sciences and Applied Sciences.
It is also the only private institution, apart from the KNUST, to be training architects. Construction work to house radio and television stations is currently underway on the school’s new campus after a detailed programme has been drawn up for the introduction of Communication Studies and other media-related disciplines.
Prof. Gadzekpo, on the other hand, indicated that a charter that would offer the school the free hand to issue its own certificates would soon be acquired since they had already fulfilled all requirements.
Participating schools that were later taken through a tour of the faculties at the new campus urged the university’s management to consider extending the fair to cover students outside Accra who might in the future want to pass through the college but could not have the opportunity to access facilities, as a result of distance.