The University has held a day’s orientation for students admitted to pursue various programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for the 2018/2019 academic year through sandwich mode.
The programme was aimed at helping the students to familiarise themselves with the University Campus and also expose them to the structures of the university as well as their academic work. It also afforded the fresh students the opportunity to meet the University management and the heads of the Department for their respective programmes of study.
UCC's Core Values
Addressing the students, the Director of Academic Affairs, Mr. Jeff Onyame, congratulated the students on their admission to the University and informed them that the core values of UCC are excellence, empowerment, equal opportunities and ethical behaviour. He, therefore, urged the students to uphold these virtues as they embark on their academic journey.
On academic work, he said that the Sandwich programmes would demand a lot of efforts from them, hence the need to be determined and focused on their studies in order to make good grades. He advised the students to make use of the various facilities and support services available to them. “The University has various facilities like the library to help you get various materials to support your studies” he noted.
Mr. Onyame again advised the students to adhere to the policies and regulations governing students’ activities which have been codified in the Students’ Handbook and Academic Policies for undergraduate and postgraduate students. “The University will not tolerate any act of indiscipline on the part of students” he cautioned. He told them that there might be some challenges right from the beginning of their studies; however, they should be determined to overcome them.
Office of the Dean of Students
On his part, the Vice Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dr. Edward Kofi Ntim, said his outfit was responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing a variety of programmes and services which are designed to assist and support students in achieving their academic and personal successes. “The office is there to promote the welfare of all junior members and to ensure that they carry their academic work without any hindrance,” he added.
Dr. Ntim said the office worked with the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and Graduate Students Association (GRASAG). He said the Office was also responsible for various students groups and regulation of their activities on campus. He advised the students to channel their grievances through the appropriate authorities for redress. “There are regulations on demonstrations, rallies, assemblies and processions which students should strictly adhere to” he noted.
There were presentations from the Director of Health Services, Head of Security, representatives from the Library, Centre for Gender, Research and Documentation (CEGRAD) and the Counselling Services.
The programme was chaired by the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Prof. Eugene K. M. Darteh.