GTUC Embarks on Campus Automation Processes
January 30, 2013
The Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has outlined a number of strategic plans directed at repositioning the university to promote technology education in Ghana and to place their students well in the competitive world of technology.
University authorities have therefore taken giant initiatives to promote virtual education, increase students enrollment, implement campus automation system, expand physical infrastructure, introduce newly competitive programmes, carry out vigorous research and embark on fund-raising campaigns as part of measures towards the achievement of the objective.
Dr. Osei Dankwa, President of GTUC disclosed this on Tuesday January 29, during a special congregation ceremony held for 72 post-graduate students in various disciplines.
He said a new trend in the history of higher education was the rise of companies which offered free non-credit courses online from universities such as Stanford University, attracting students from the globe to take those courses.
Dr Dankwa said it was in line with that thinking that GTUC had begun the crusade of changing the system of tertiary education delivery in Ghana, adding “we want our students to go to school in a virtual environment or on a tablet computer regardless of location”.
He said the goal of the university was to promote anytime, anywhere learning and connect students and lecturers to learning resources, noting that it was on the bases of this that the university introduced the campus companion, a tablet computer that provides a new approach to supporting teaching and learning.
Dr. Dankwa said the university had also created a centre for online learning and teaching to work closely and collaboratively with college faculty and administrators to promote effective use of technology education.
He said enrollment represented the lifeblood of any university and that GTUC was aiming at enrolling 3,000 students this year, while at the same time it was committed to improving educational quality and raising the academic profile of the student body.
Dr. Dankwa said the university had entered into partnership with a global educational software company to undertake the university automation process, adding that the campus management systems (CMS) would have modules to cover university processes, from pre-admission to alumni management.
He said the development of the CMS would enable the university to assess and measure its performance in various functional areas in a timely manner.
Dr. Dankwa stated that the university had started the construction of a three-story complex consisting classrooms, library, computer labs and six administrative offices.
He said in addition to providing lecture halls, new faculty offices, and a new graduate school, a learning resource centre and two student lounges had also been created to provide private reading rooms for graduate students.
Dr. Dankwa said due to increased pressure to secure student housing, the university would begin the construction of a new seven-story hostel facility from early March to house 500 students.
He indicated that given that the cornerstone of enrollment plan and the university’s ultimate success were hinged on development of new programmes, a new academic partnership unit had been created and charged with the responsibility of supporting the development of a new portfolio of academic partnerships.
He said the university was going to balance teaching and research to shape the future identity and destiny of the institution, adding “we will place more emphasis on research and put in place all the institutional protocols needed to ensure solid research support to assist the faculty”.
Dr. Dankwa appealed to the alumni to lend its support in meeting the university’s target of raising three million dollars to execute the infrastructural development projects earmarked.
He advised the graduands to apply the knowledge and skills they had acquired to find solutions to the perennial social and economic problems facing the nation.
Kumasi Students Pick Up Four Awards at Graduation
December 10, 2012
The Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) held its fourth graduation ceremony on Saturday December 1, 2012, at the forecourt of the main campus in Accra. The impressive ceremony was attended by several dignitaries including Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang (the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast), who delivered the keynote address. In all 145 postgraduate, 360 undergraduate, and 40 undergraduate diploma certificates were awarded to deserving students who had successfully completed all the requirements for their respective degrees. 39 of the postgraduates pursued their programmes at the Kumasi Campus
Special awards were also presented to students who had excelled in their respective programmes. In the postgraduate category, 14 of such special awards were presented, and Kumasi Campus students won 4. These students are:
- Jude Prince Quainoo (MBA Finance), special award for MBA Finance related programmes
- Adwoa Boakyewaa Asotia-Boakye (MSc. Eng & Mgt), special award for Engineering & Management related programmes
- Gifty Amma Osafo (MSc Eng. Bus. Mgt.), special award for Engineering & Management related programmes
- Kwabena Owusu Agyeman (MSc. IT for Mgt.), special award for MIS & IT related programmes
Faculty and staff of Kumasi Campus extend their warmest congratulations to all 2012 graduates, and especially to the award winners for their achievement.
GTUC Launches Educational Tablet Computer
November 30, 2012
On Thursday November 29, 2012, GTUC, in partnership with The Learning Nuggets Company (an educational technology company based in the UK), launched the GTUC Campus Companion (GCC)- an educational tablet computer that is expected to enhance and transform teaching and learning at the University.
GCC is a 10 inch tablet that integrates a virtual learning management system, cloud-based multimedia content management application, collaboration tools and integrated solutions from Safari Books Online & Google Apps to provide a comprehensive portfolio of learning resources.
Speaking at the launch, the President of GTUC, Dr. Osei Darkwa pointed out that Campus Companion will enable lecturers deliver online courses and also provide pre-learning, in-learning and post-learning content from preparation to learning reinforcement.
Present at the launch were administrators, faculty members and IT specialists from several higher education institutions in Ghana, corporate executives, and members of the general public. Most attendees were full of praise for GTUC for embarking on such an innovative venture, and expressed appreciation that GTUC was providing the leadership and direction required to prepare Ghanaian citizens for meaningful participation in the global economy.
The device was officially launched by Prof. Walter Alhassan, chairman of the GTUC council, and will be available to faculty and students during the course of the 2012-2013 academic year.