University of Cape Coast holds Investiture for new Vice-Chancellor and Registrar

The University of Cape Coast has held an investiture for Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong and Mr. Jeff Teye Emmanuel Onyame as Vice-Chancellor and Registrar respectively.

Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong assumes the highest position of Vice-Chancellor of the University with rich experience as an academician and good track record as a leader.

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The new Vice-Chancellor is a Pharmacist and Biomedical Scientist and the immediate past Provost of the College of Health and Allied Sciences, University of Cape Coast. He is a fellow of the Institute of Medical Education and Research, India and a CV Raman Scholar.

Prof. Boampong is a member of many international and local professional associations and has consulted widely on community pharmacy practice. He is also a member of the Academic Board of the Ghana College of Pharmacists.

As an astute academician, Prof. Boampong has taught at the University of Cape Coast for several and published extensively in high reputable journals. He has taught Parasitology and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate (M.Phil and PhD) students with diverse backgrounds.

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His contribution towards the training of postgraduate students, especially PhD candidates has been recognized by the University and he was awarded best PhD thesis principal supervisor and co-supervisor for graduating students from the College of Health and Allied Sciences and College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, respectively, during the 2016/2017 academic year.

He has also mentored many lecturers and has served as an external examiner to other universities in Ghana.

In terms of his leadership experience, Prof. Boampong has risen through the ranks and has been at the forefront, providing academic leadership in relevant sections of the University. He has occupied several leadership positions from Head of Department, Dean, and Provost.

The new Vice-Chancellor is a successful entrepreneur with a vision “To re-position UCC as the global hub of creative thinkers, offering demand-driven programmes integrated with practical entrepreneurial courses and actively translating the products of its innovative research for sustainable development”.

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The new Registrar, Mr. Jeff Teye Emmanuel Onyame is a professional administrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants (CIAMC) of Ghana; a Member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); and an Affiliate of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR), Ghana.

He is also a member of the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA) and has worked as a professional university administrator at the University of Cape Coast for more than 28 years.

Mr. Onyame is results-oriented, hardworking, committed to duty, pragmatic, and an excellent team player with strengths in the areas of management and supervision. He successfully led and managed change in the various positions he has held at the University of Cape Coast.

He has mentored a number of junior colleagues in the Registrar’s Department some of whom have risen to the rank of Senior Assistant Registrar. He is bilingual and participated in many discussions involving the University in collaborations with the French Embassy and other Francophone institutions.

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The Chancellor of the University, Sir (Dr.) Sam Esson Jonah, urged the new leadership of the University to explore to the fullest all revenue-generating opportunities adding that “We must be entrepreneurial”. He called on them to aggressively seek collaborations with the private sector and industry and maintain the existing partnerships.

Sir Jonah reminded the new leaders that they were assuming duty at a time when the world was facing the COVID-19 pandemic which had badly affected the progress of every human endeavour including educational institutions.

The sad reality is that this University just like all others is not insulated from this unknown and indeterminable wave of change,” he posited.

Touching on academics, the Chancellor intimated that most universities across the globe were turning to online learning.

Given the protocols being encouraged to stop the spread of the pandemic, online teaching and learning will now become the new normal that all tertiary institutions must adopt in order to stay competitive” he indicated.

He challenged the University to develop checks and balances and maintain a robust system to ensure that teaching, learning, and testing are conducted devoid of cheating and other malpractices.

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The immediate Past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, assured Prof. Boampong that he was ready to offer him support to succeed in his new leadership role.

Present at the function were the Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II; Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah; Central Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan, Chairman of National Accreditation Board, Prof. Kofi Awusabo; former Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of UCC, members of UCC Council; Provosts, Deans, Directors and some members of Convocation.

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