One hundred and ninety-two (192) students have been admitted into the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) in Somanya, for the 2021/22 academic year to pursue Bachelor of Science programmes in the University.
Out of this figure, one hundred and seven (107) were admitted into the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, (SNES) and eighty-five (85) for the School of Sustainable Development. The number admitted for the academic year is more than one hundred per cent increase over last year’s.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eric Nyarko-Sampson, made this known at the institution’s second Matriculation, held at the forecourt of the Multi-Purpose Auditorium.
It was on the theme: “SECURING THE ENVIRONMENT: THE UESD HOPE AGENDA, and attended by the Council Chairman of the University, Prof. Jonathan Narh Ayertey, Members of Management, Faculty members, Senior Members, teaching and non-teaching, Senior and Junior staff, the student body and guests
Prof. Nyarko-Sampson commended the staff members for the critical roles they played to increase the enrolment.
He announced that, in the next academic year, ‘we look to a higher number as the third School, School of Built and Environment, comes onstream with three (3) initial academic programmes: Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Urban Design and Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.’
He said, an increase in student numbers, calls for more accommodation facilities like hostels. He, therefore, appealed to the government, philanthropists, companies to support the UESD towards discussing alternatives on accommodating students on campus in the future.
He said the 2nd phase of constructional work at UESD has commenced and this will lead to the improvement in academic staff residential and recreational facilities.
Prof. Nyarko-Sampson commended the freshers and the continuing students for participating in the HOPE Road Show conference held in January and aimed at inculcating the core values of the University into them, to be agents of change. He said leading the UESD way is to create an army of HOPE and students are called to have hope, exude hope and offer hope.
The UESD VC, charged the Matriculants to believe in themselves as they journey through the academic plan.
The Registrar of the University, Mrs Mary Abena Agyepong, who was the co-ordinator of the programme, administered the Matriculation Oath and the UESD honour. She explained that Matriculation is a special assembly of the University to witness the formal entry of Junior Members into the University.
It is a rite of passage required of every student and also part of the admission process, therefore taking the Matriculation oath, grants them full status as bonified students of the University, thereby giving them rights and privileges that go with it.
Two Matriculants, Mr. Kelvin Tetteh and Ms. Irene Tsyawa-Edem, on behalf of their colleagues, expressed their excitement about their status as students of the UESD.
They commended Management for instituting the University’s HOPE Roadshow project and promised to put into practice the knowledge they acquired from the conference.
They also expressed joy about conducive environment at UESD, which will aid their studies. The freshers promised to uphold the image of the University to high esteem, adding that,’ our attitude and behaviour towards one another, the staff and Management of the University as well as the catchment area and beyond, should be that promotes integrity and perseverance for our mutual benefits as agents of change.
The Council Chairman of UESD, Prof. J.N Ayertey, who presided over the ceremony, commended UTAG members for returning to the lecture halls.
He reiterated that the UESD is the only public university in Ghana to swear the honour code, to inculcate the spirit of truthfulness and fairness among them.
Prof. Ayertey,encouraged students to respect the UESD honour code and live by its principle- living by honesty, taking opportunities, persevering, and being enterprising.
The programmes the students will be reading are B.Sc. Sustainable Development, B.Sc. Energy Sustainability, B.Sc. Water Resources Development, B.Sc. Energy and Resource Economics, B.Sc. Environmental Economics and Policy, B.Sc. Aquaculture Management. The rest are: BSc. Chemistry and Biological Science, BSc. Chemistry and Mathematical Science, BSc. Chemistry and Physics, BSc. Mathematics, BSc. Biological and Mathematical Sciences, BSc. Physics and Biological Sciences, BSc. Physics and Mathematical Sciences, BSc. Environment and Public Health. Others are: BSc. Environmental and Sustainability Science, BSc. Nature Conservation and Management BSc. Environmental Management and
BSc. Geography and Earth Science.