Okyenhene Praises UEW Management for Phenomenal Growth

The Paramount Chief of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II has praised Management of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) for the phenomenal growth in the University citing the growth of student population from 200 at its inception to over 85,000 within 25 years.   

He congratulated the University Management for achieving this milestone within a period of just 25 years. “You know, 25 years; I just have to say congratulations to the leadership of this University for what they have done from start to here; from 200 students to 85,000. What a successful story?” he remarked.

Osagyefo Amotia Ofori Panin II delivering the Lecture

The Akyem Abuakwa Paramount Chief made the commendation at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre on Wednesday, 20th November, 2019, when he delivered the UEW 25th anniversary second public lecture. He spoke on the topic “the Role of Science and Technology in the Provision of Quality Education for Sustainable Development”.

Osagyefo Ofori Panin II opined that science and technology were rapidly changing people’s lives around the world with the promise of making them much healthier, much more productive and more prosperous.

“Today, we can all communicate in real time over any kind of distance. We have overcome the restraints of time and distance with technology. Now is the time for us to make this vast resource of science and technology available to young people in Africa otherwise your generation cannot compete at the world stage,” he stressed.

Governing Council Chair, Prof. Obeng Mireku flanked by Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. A. Afful-Broni (on the left) and Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei Barima, Esq.

Osagyefo Ofori Panin was clear that the only way to make life meaningful for the future generation is to provide quality education with all the resources to enable them acquire knowledge and expertise from science and technology. He further asserted that at the heart of the processes for the acquisition of knowledge in science and technology is the teacher who must be respected and paid well.

The Vice-Chancellor Presenting a citation to Okyenhene

“We can create a nation where every child can seek knowledge to enrich his or her mind and to enlighten their God given talent right here in Ghana. Quality Education can only be possible when conducive classrooms are provided, when curriculum is constantly upgraded to meet world class standards. It can only be achieved when a nation will see the urgency of paying qualified teachers well and respecting the profession. That is the only way we can find quality education,” he emphasised.   

The Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni affirmed that UEW had remained focused on its mandate within the last two years having put a lot of investment into quality human resource ventures, expediting the promotion rate of its hardworking staff and providing several infrastructure to help Management deliver even more effectively.

“Let me place on record that UEW has come a long way and made lots of progress over the last quarter of a century. Lots of infrastructural and human resource developments have been prioritised and undertaken in our University. Today, as we stand at crossroads, we can proudly say that not only is our University the leading Teacher Education Institution in the country, we are also the fastest growing and most populous University in Ghana,” the Vice-Chancellor asserted.

Other Principal Officers, Deans and Directors

The ceremony, chaired by the UEW Council Chairman, Prof. Obeng Mireku, was attended by Nananom of Effutu and Ajumako Traditional Areas, Effutu Zongo Chiefs, Faculty Members, Student Leadership, staff and students.

Cross section of Convocation Members

Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II in a group photograph with the Omanhene, Neenyi Ghartey VII and UEW Management