The College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has introduced new programmes to meet the challenging demands of the new educational reforms.
The undergraduate programmes include Technology Education with options in automotive, construction, electronics, wood, mechanics banking and finance, fashion design and textiles, catering and hospitality and purchasing and supply.
Again, in its bid to meet societal needs, COLTEK has created a new faculty - Faculty of Education and Communication Sciences which has the departments of Educational Leadership, which offers post graduate programmes and the department of Interdisciplinary studies.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Kwasi Asabere-Ameyaw announced this when he addressed the sixth congregation of COLTEK at which a total of 3,609 students who had completed various courses graduated in Kumasi.
Owing to the large number of the graduates, for the first time, the ceremony was organised in two consecutive days.
On the first day, a total of 1,162 students were awarded diplomas and certificates, 579 bachelors' degrees and four post graduate degrees while a total of 1,865 students graduated on the second day. Of the number, 1,133 received certificates, diplomas and degrees, after pursuing various programmes in distance learning in the Northern Sector and 732 graduated from the Faculty of Business Education of the College.
Prof. Ameyaw also announced that COLTEK in collaboration with the Netherlands based Education Training Centre (ETC), a non-governmental organisation for Competency-Based Training (CBT) for Vocational and Technical Institutions in Kumasi and Tamale to train lecturers in the college in CBT methodologies.
He thanked all stakeholders who had contributed in various ways to propel the institution to greater heights.
He however appealed to the government to step up its support for UEW, explaining that 'the university continues to face challenges such as inadequate lecture halls, workshops, laboratories, staff and students' accommodation.
He, however, expressed confidence in the graduates to prevail over all the challenges that the world of work would present.
'At your workplace, identify what you can do and want to do and do them to the best of your ability. Develop good attitudes to work; if you commit genuine mistakes take responsibility for them without shifting blame, work on your weaknesses as you equally sharpen you skills and improve on your strengths', he urged the graduates.