2021 Fresh Regular Students Undergo Matriculation

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has today, Friday, 5th March, 2021, held a virtual matriculation ceremony for 2021 fresh regular students at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus, Winneba. 

The ceremony, held under strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols, had in attendance; Deans, Directors, Heads of Department and Class Representatives. On the other hand, all freshmen of the University participated in the matriculation ceremony online through the University website and official social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. The ceremony was telecast live simultaneously to viewing points at Central Campus Auditorium, South Assembly Hall and new Lecture theatres at the North Campus. 

Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni entreating matriculants to develop themselves to impact lives and society

The Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, in his address, told matriculants that UEW’s excellent community of motivated Faculty and staff, superb facilities and serene atmosphere would provide them with a lifetime university experience. 

“We will deliver to you our brand promise of completeness in training to propel you to become a source of enlightenment to all peoples of our contemporary and future society. I wish to congratulate you my precious freshmen and women for successfully going through our highly competitive admission processes for the various programmes at UEW,” he stated. 

Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni indicated that he was impressed with the freshmen’s meticulous attention to the wearing of the nose mask and their adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols. 

“The ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have compelled us to organise this year’s matriculation ceremony for fresh students from various other locations instead of in-person. Be that as it may, it doesn’t take anything in terms of the importance of the ceremony. In the past few weeks of your studentship, you have shown grit, tenacity, resilience, and hunger to succeed in your academic pursuits,” he extolled. 

An aerial shot of matriculants at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre

The Vice-Chancellor stressed that UEW, in line with the policy of inclusiveness and creating access for the poor and underprivileged in society, continues to support brilliant but needy students to make their dreams a reality. 

“The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund has, over the last few years, reduced significantly the financial burden of a large number of our needy but brilliant students. During the 2019/2020 academic year, a total of 463 students from Winneba, Ajumako, Kumasi, Asante Mampong and IDeL campuses were given financial support to the tune of GH₵ 324,100.00. These offers were made up of 275 renewals and 188 fresh awards. The awards for the 2021 academic year will soon be announced,” he remarked. 

Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni revealed that Management embarked on a progressive agenda to create a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment to expand access to the underprivileged, the marginalised, persons living with disabilities, and persons from less endowed schools. 

“Management initiated moves to, in the short term, construct ten new ultra-modern 500-seater lecture theatres in Winneba, a students’ centre, and a food court, as well as to facilitate the completion of the Technology Block and renovate the Amu Theatre at Central Campus, Winneba. 

A cross-section of UEW management at the ceremony

“As I speak, all the projects have been delivered, save two lecture theatres, which are at advanced stages of completion. The much talked about one-of-a-kind students’ centre is due to be handed over by the close of April, 2021. This one-stop-shop is a centre for leisure and educational excellence, the first of its kind in the country,” he stated. 

The Vice-Chancellor entreated matriculants to view their matriculation as a journey; a process to develop themselves to impact their lives and that of society in positive ways. 

According to Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni, UEW offered admissions to a total of 32,921 applicants into its regular and distance education programmes. However, at the close of registration, 10,397 students representing 60.63% of applicants offered admission for the undergraduate programmes had registered.  

2,286 students representing 70.64% of applicants offered admissions for postgraduate programmes had registered and; 8,987 students representing 71.68% of applicants for Distance Education programmes had registered. 

Of the registered undergraduate figures; 6,357 representing 61.14% are males while 4,040 representing 38.86% are females. On the postgraduate programmes; 1,511 representing 66.10% are males and 775 representing 33.90% are females.