GETFund Provides RMU With 400-bed Students' Hostel, Thursday, June 7, 2012 (pg 48)

The Ghana Education Trust Fund has completed a 400-bed students’ hostel for the Regional Maritime University to ease the accommodation challenges facing students.

The fund has also allocated GHc 12 million to the school for other projects in the university which include a 2000-seater auditorium.

The Rector of the school, Mr Alock K. Asamoah, made this known at the 6th congregation of the university.
In all, 124 students graduated with degrees in Marine Engineering, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Nautical Science, Ports and Shipping Management and Higher Diploma in Ports and Shipping Management.

While seven graduated with first class, four other students graduated with distinction.

On the focus of the school, the Rector stated that it was to get well equipped laboratories, workshops, lecture halls and more student hostels to create a more congenial atmosphere for teaching and learning.

Mr Asamoah acknowledged the immense contribution of all member states of the university who continued to give their unflinching support both technically and financially to keep the university running.

He said as part of improving the school’s infrastructure, it was also committing resources to the construction of a library/administration block complex sponsored by the GETFUND.

“The Regional Maritime University has not come this far without challenges. However, it has not compromised in any way its academic standards and it continues to offer courses and programmes of marketable value both locally and internationally.

 This is highly commendable as maritime activities affect the international commerce of nations,” he said of the reputation of the RMU.

To place the school in the league of the commonwealth of international institutions, Mr Asamoah said the university had entered into fruitful discussions with other institutions across the globe, not only for exchange of faculty but for the students and other staff to further internalise the university’s vision and mission.

In a keynote address, the Minister of Education, Ambassador Lee Ocran, while acknowledging the contribution of the member states of the RMU, also commended them for their unflinching support both technically and financially to keep the university running.

To the graduates, Ambassador Ocran said “I know what you have achieved here at the RMU puts you in an industry which is unique with a fast growth rate and supported by government policies and programmes. I am confident that your experiences here have equipped you to effectively function as responsible individuals.”

The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Francis L. Mboge, expressed satisfaction with the school management’s decision to seek meaningful collaboration with both academic institutions and industry, which had seen more students being attached to ships and industry in addition to staff of the university benefiting from scholarships.

“These collaborations are crucial to the enrichment of the quality of our educational programmes as well as the enhancement of the reputation of the university,”he added.

He also advised the graduates not to see their qualification as a final destination, but as a new beginning of another phase of life’s journey.


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