The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong has indicated that the University is reviewing its academic activities to give students practical experience to make graduate programmes relevant to socio-economic and technology development.
Prof. Boampong noted that, the review would help empower the graduates to be more self-reliant to create their own businesses and employ others.
The Vice-Chancellor made these statements at the 4th Session of the 53rd Congregation dedicated to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). He remarked that “In line with our corporate vision and strategies, we shall continue to galvanize efforts and marshal the required resources to support the course of graduate education at the University of Cape Coast”.
A total of 2,506 graduates from the School of Graduate Studies made up of 91 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 207 Master of Philosophy (MPhil), 21 Master of Commerce (MCom), 9 Master of Nursing (MN), 733 Master of Education (MED), 881 Master of Business Administration (MBA), 9 Executive Masters, 231 Master of Science (MSc), 281 Master of Arts (MA), 41 Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and 2 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Electronic Submission of Thesis
In order to improve postgraduate research, the Vice-Chancellor announced that the SGS, in collaboration with the Sam Jonah Library, would soon implement Electronic submission of thesis/dissertation.
“We have a plan to have a fully integrated and robust system where the process from the supervision stage, involving the student and supervisor right down to the final submission of the thesis, will be electronic-based,” he added.
The Vice-Chancellor further explained that “What this means, is that, the traditional system of submission of hard copies of thesis, to SGS would be replaced by an online submission system known as UCCET/D submission platform. In addition to the electronic submission system, the School has also implemented the similarity index, using the Turnitin software, to check for plagiarism and copied work in all theses and dissertations”.
Another innovation he mentioned was that the University through the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy had initiated was the UCC Research Output Monitor and Evaluator (UCCROME) which is an electronic platform, for tracking research impact of UCC faculty members, Colleges and the University in general
“Based on Google Scholar database, the UCCROME will track and rank the research publications, citation counts, H-index, and i-10 index of faculty members, College, and the University over a given period of time. A major advantage of UCCROME is that, it trails our research output since 1960 till date. It is also a diagnostic tool to identify gaps in our research portfolio and output” he explained.
The Chancellor, Dr. Sir Sam Jonah, in his welcome address, congratulated the graduates on their successful graduation. “Today, you have proven to all of us here celebrating you that, you are people that challenge, break out, and re-define boundaries. I am aware that you have braved many different storms to create this pathway of the expression of what is meaningful to you,” he added.
Dr. Sir Jonah advised the graduating students to remember that every moment was an opportunity to learn from the people around them no matter their status.
“Do not underestimate anyone you meet along the way. They may be holding the keys you need to unlock opportunities. In your line of work or activity, pay attention when they do not and be sensitive to the reactions of the people around you,” he advised.
He asked them to build relationships with people who face challenges by being their solution adding that “Be that unique person that sees a gem in what everyone sees as dirt”.
The Valedictorian, Dr. Andrews Agyekumhene, noted that though the academic journey was tortuous and difficult, they had to sacrifice quality time with their families in order to concentrate and complete the programme on time.
He pointed out that the Corona Virus had a serious toll on their academic work saying “And just when we thought the hustles and bustles of academic life were over and started looking to graduation day, the much dreaded Corona Virus showed its ugly face, almost depriving us of this beautiful day. But in spite of all these hurdles, today, we too can proudly say we have made it”.
Dr. Agyekumhene averred that as they leave the University, they had been shaped with a more global perspective of issues because they were better equipped with specialised knowledge and skills.
“And we leave as individuals poised to take on the challenges of Ghana and Africa. And I dare to say we are ready for the challenges of the world,” he noted. He thanked the lecturers for the quality tuition and mentorship they provided them during their period of study at the University.
Among the dignitaries at the Congregation, were the Chairman of Council, Mrs. Nancy O. C. Thompson; Omanhen of the Ogua Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II; Omanhen of the Owirenkyi Traditioanal Area, Nana Prah Agyensaim.
Others were Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dora F. Edu-Buandoh; Registrar, Mr. Jeff Teye Onyame; former Vice-Chancellors, Prof. D. D. Kuupole and Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah. Also present were Provosts, Deans, Heads of Department, representatives of Vice-Chancellors, and Registrars from other Universities.