For the first time in the history of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), 3,664  graduate students passed out from the School of Graduate Studies and Research, compelling the University to hold a separate Congregation in two sessions on Saturday.

The Vice Chancellor of UCC, Professor Domwine Dabre Kuupole who made this known at the 46th Congregation of the School unveiled plans to provide state-of-the-art physical structure for the School to further promote research in the country.

Hitherto, the highest number of graduating graduate and research students was 500, due to the inability of many of the students to present their thesis, thus prolonging their graduation period to as long as six years, a situation that became a source of worry to the UCC authorities.

Past Vice-Chancellors had expressed concern over the issue and recently the UCC introduced the ?step down policy? whereby students who enrolled for the Master of Philosophy degree, but have not been able to meet the thesis requirement in the last four years

The move increased the graduating class tremendously this year, as 1,121 of the 3,664 graduates applied to step down their programmes of study to hasten their completion period.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed delight over the success of the step-down policy, and said UCC will rigorously pursue its vision of developing the institution into a research University to facilitate research into national development issues to help find solutions to enhance the growth of the country.

He pointed out that much as the University was increasing intake to make it more accessible in response to national development and also to increase its graduation rate it will not compromise on quality.

Prof. Kuupole therefore appealed to the Ministry of Education, organisations and alumni groups to assist in providing permanent structures and equipment for the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

He urged the graduates to be change agents by effectively applying the knowledge they have acquired to   make the country a better place to live in.

Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education, enumerated a number of interventions put in place by  government to improve upon education

Source: GNA

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