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Journalists graduate.

By James Harry Obeng

 

Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, has urged the country to consciously pursue programmes and policies that emphasise youth development in her drive to achieve middle-income status. 

 

He said aside the provision of quality education that remained central in transforming the country, “the nation’s desire to attain the status of middle-income country cannot be achieved without equipping the youth with the necessary knowledge and skills”.

 

Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw made the observation at the 2nd Congregation of Jayee Institute in Accra, last Saturday.

 

The occasion, which also marked the 20th Anniversary ceremony of the school, witnessed the passing out of 213 graduands, made up of 198 diplomates and 15 degree students, with certificates in Business Education and Media Studies.

 

The Jayee Institute, established in 1987, is an accredited private tertiary institution affiliated to the University of Education, Winneba, which supervises the academic work of the institute and accordingly award certificates to graduating students.

 

The Institute currently runs two faculties, namely Business Administration and Media Studies, and six departments composed of journalism, Secretaryship and Management, Accounting, Public Relations and Advertising, Marketing and Human Resources Management.

 

Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said the demands of today’s knowledge-driven economy required the country to build on quality education to generate innovation, sustain competitiveness and boost her economic growth.

 

He said it was imperative for government and the country’s universities, both public and private, to “plan for future capacity and meet expected demand for the nation’s educational needs”.

 

Mr. John Emmanuel Donkor, the Principal of the Institute, announced that the school would by the next academic year set up a language centre “to coordinate and oversee all the language activities of the institute.

 

“We have engaged experts from the University of Education, Winneba, to assist us to repackage our English and French courses in terms of content and teaching for our graduates to really have command of the two extremely important languages of our time”, he said.

 

He launched a passionate appeal, codenamed GetFund For All, to government and managers of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GetFund), to extend the fund to private tertiary institutions in the country.

 

Mr. Donkor said manpower development has direct influence on the positive growth of every nation “and since private tertiary institutions play a significant role in the manpower development of the nation, the GetFund should be extended to private tertiary schools”. 

 

Other speakers, including Prof Jophus Anamoah Mensah and Prof Naana Opoku Agyeman, the immediate past and current Vice Chancellors of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), respectively, urged the granduands to contribute their quota towards national development by making good use of the knowledge they have acquired from the school.

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November 28, 2008 - Posted by | News

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