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As from the 2014/2015 academic year, the University of Ghana will move into the collegiate system, to facilitate the organisation of congregations by colleges of the academic facility.

Each college will incorporate individual identity into the graduation ceremony.

Professor Ernest Ayittey, Vice Chancellor of the University made the disclosure on Friday in Accra in his report read in his presence by the Pro-Vice Chancellor during the November graduation ceremony of the school.

He said: ?Following approval by the University Council for the restructuring of the University into four colleges, we continue to work towards the takeoff of the collegiate structure from the start of a 2014/2015 academic year.?

The Vice Chancellor said interim Provosts and College Secretaries have been appointed to the College of Humanities and the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, and these officers had commenced the processes of putting in place the structures and other arrangements for the takeoff of the colleges.

?A consultant is working on the amendment of relevant portions of the statutes and we expect that this exercise and adoption of the revised statutes will be completed before the end of the year to enable the colleges? takeoff fully.

?We count on the support of all stakeholders to ensure that the adoption of the collegiate system result in less bureaucracy, enhance efficiency and effectiveness, and more uniformity in running the University,? he said.

Prof Ayittey said large numbers of prospective students continue to apply to study at the University yearly, and each time, they are faced with the painful decision of having to turn down the applications of many otherwise well qualified applicants due to limitations of staff and facilities.

He said this year the University received a total of 52,202 undergraduate and sub-degree applications made up of 48,445 Ghanaians and 3,757 international applicants.

He said 14,695 applicants were admitted at the undergraduate level into the Main, Korle Bu and Accra City Campuses.

He said the academic calendar for Distance Education has been modified with effect from January 2014.

Prof Ayittey a total of 5,768 applications, were received for the graduate programmes with 5,169 applications from Ghanaians and 599 from international applicants.

He said the total number 3,630 students were admitted to pursue various courses at the graduate level, adding that the newly admitted graduate students include 177 students to pursue the restructured PhD programmes.

He said new graduate programmes have been approved which include Master of Science and Master of Philosophy in Computer Science and Professional Master of Science Programme in Medical Laboratory Sciences and Master of Arts Programme in Distance Education and e-learning.

He said in line with the proposed transformation of the University into a research facility there would be a gradual phasing out of diploma programmes run by the University, with the last admissions to diploma programmes to be in the 2015/2016 academic year.

Mr Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Chief Executive Officer of UT Bank and President of UT Holdings, who was the guest speaker at the function, advised the graduates to respect people?s time, saying that would make them worthy ambassadors of the university.

Source: GNA

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