Enhance private sector participation in university education, Friday, March 26, 2010 (pg 11)

THE Chairman of the Jayee University College Governing Council, Professor Jophus Anamoah- Mensah, has called on the government to develop an incentive system to enhance private sector participation in financing university education in the country.
He said the initiative would help expand both public and private universities to take care of the increasing number of youth who desire university education and lifelong learning.
Prof Anamoah-Mensah was speaking at the first matriculation ceremony of the Jayee University College in Accra.
In all, 624 students were matriculated out of a total 1,500 who applied for admission to read courses including Human Resource Management, Marketing, Public Relations/Advertising, Journalism and Secretaryship and Management.
They comprised 455 females and 169 males.
Prof Anamoah-Mensah who was also the chairman for the occasion said the country was in an era when higher education was facing serious challenges in the areas of access, equity, quality and relevance.
He said the demands of the 21st Century education called for “a paradigm shift that entails transformation of higher education to meet national challenges of socio economic development, innovation, creativity, adoption and adaptation of scientific and technological challenges of competition in the knowledge economy”.
Prof Anamoah-Mensah advised the students not to depend on their lecturers for notes adding “your initiative and entrepreneurial character will be required in a world that is becoming increasingly competitive. You need to develop creative and innovative skills as well as media and information literacy”.
The Vice-chancellor of the University of Education (UoE) Prof Akwasi Asabre-Ameyaw, who was the guest of honour for the occasion said in a move to be ahead of the keen competition in the private university education, the UoE was collaborating with Jayee to introduce some professional and highly sought-after courses.
He entreated the students to endeavour to live in harmony and avoid social vices such as alcoholism, drug abuse, promiscuity, pilfering, examination malpractices.
“This university also has procedures for the settlement of grievances. I would implore you to note and use these procedures when the situation arises so that there would be peace and harmony on campus to enable you achieve your cherished dream,” Prof Asabre-Ameyaw advised.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President of the Jayee University College, Mr J. E. Donkor said the school was embarking on an infrastructural improvement programme that would have lecture halls renovated while working on the school’s 10-acre West Campus which would have lecture rooms, a state-of-the art auditorium and accommodate staff and students.

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