Management Augments Physical Infrastructure at Asante-Mampong and Kumasi Campuses
The Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni has revealed that his administration is making all efforts to bridge the physical infrastructural gap at the Asante-Mampong and Kumasi campuses of the University to ease the burden of inadequate lecture rooms.
According to the Vice-chancellor, the two campuses are on the verge of introducing new market-driven academic programmes to meet the changing needs of prospective students and the labour market; hence, the construction of various projects across the two Colleges.
The Vice-Chancellor stated this in an address he delivered on Friday, 11th September, 2020, during the first session of the 25th Congregation by virtual mode held at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus, Winneba.
Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni
“The College of Agriculture Education (CAGRIC) is introducing three new programmes: B.Sc. Public Health, B.Ed. Upper Primary Education and B.Ed. Junior High School Education at the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year. Plans are also far advanced to introduce the following programmes at the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK): Ph.D. (Management); M.Phil. (Management); Ph.D. (Accounting); M.Phil. (Accounting); and B.Sc. (Economics).
“Others are B.A (French Education); M.Phil. (Educational Management and Administration); and M.Ed. (Educational Management and Administration). These are in addition to various new programmes that were introduced by the Faculties of Technical Education, and Vocational Education during the last academic year. The College has recently created the Faculty of Mathematics and Allied Sciences as it continues to expand to better serve the needs of the country,” he asserted.
Some staff and students who were present at the ceremony
Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni pointed out that the old Science Laboratory at CAGRIC had been converted into a lecture hall with a seating capacity of 150 students adding, the construction of a 1,000-capacity lecture theatre was also underway.
He indicated that the University was also constructing a modern slaughterhouse to cater for the practical component of academic activities at the Department of Animal Science. He noted that the project is about 75% complete.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed delight in the leadership of the Amaniampong Hall Junior Common Room Council (JCRC) for furnishing another study room at the new hostel with ten work station library tables and 60 study chairs to match.
“The JCRC has also constructed a television room for female students at the Serwaa Block. The television room would also be used as a study room during examination periods when lecture halls are not available for private studies. In addition, the JCRC has completed a volleyball court project for use by the University community,” he said.
A group picture of management, invited guests and convocation members from the two campuses
Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni reiterated that COLTEK is endowed with well-equipped workstations and laboratories for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Building Construction and Wood Engineering; Fashion Design and Textiles; Catering and Hospitality; Electronic Library and ICT Centre and the resolve of Management to augment facilities on the campus.
“These workstations and laboratories continue to help the College offer the best training in several areas of technology education. The following are also being constructed: two-storey classroom block with 1,000 seating capacity, is about 70% complete; construction of a 500-meter fence wall at the western end of the campus is on course; a Technical Examination Unit Block (TEUB) is ongoing; and a Basic School is 95% complete.
“Preparations are far advanced for construction works to begin on another 1,000-seater classroom block; a 400-meter fence wall; rehabilitation of the Autonomy Hall; and renovation of staff bungalows,” the Vice-Chancellor averred.