A Decade of Catholic University Education in Ghana: Beneficiaries’ Point of View :- Mr. Yaw Adu-Gyamfi
The first of the lecture series for the 10th Anniversary of the Catholic University College of Ghana began on Wednesday, the 20th of March 2013. It was delivered by a pioneer alumnus of the University College, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, Founder and CEO of the Kumasi Center for Lifelong Learning – KCLL.
He spoke on the topic, “A Decade of Catholic University Education in Ghana: Beneficiaries’ Point of View.” Mr. Adu – Gyamfi was one of the first batch of (50) students admitted by the University. He was admitted into the Faculty of Information Communications Sciences and Technology – ICST of the University with other students on the 3rd of March 2003. The University began operation on its old campus at the Pastoral Centre of the Sunyani Catholic Diocese.
His speech was structured along these sub-topics: The history of Catholic University Education in Ghana; Recount of personal experiences; Challenges; Charting a new course for the University; and Prospects ahead.
Talking about his own experiences, he spoke about some of the good lecturers he came into contact with during his stay in the University. Among them may be mentioned Dr. Bonnah Koomson, Rev. Fr. (Prof) Michael Schultheis, Professor Ebo Mensah, Rev. Fr. (Dr) Patrick Nkrumah, Bishop Mathew Gyamfi and a host of others. According to Adu-Gyamfi, these lecturers created an enabling environment for engagement and the free – flow of information and knowledge. ‘‘Our small number also meant that enough time was spent on tutoring and catering for individual challenges of students by lecturers and counsellors’’, he said.
The difficulty in accessing the University, which was far from town, and students residence were some of the biggest challenges for students. There were no cars available to convey students to and from campus. As a result, many students had either to walk the long distance or pay exorbitant transport fares on their way to school and back, he said. The University also had to rely on lecturers from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – KNUST. The availability of some of these lecturers could not be guaranteed at certain periods. The tuition fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000) was also a big challenge for parents.
On the way forward he asked the University to build stronger collaboration with government and the private sector to influence local, regional and national policy; he also called for the setting up of a Microelectronics Training and Development Center. This, he believes, will give the University an opportunity to develop a unique competitive edge in Ghana.
Mr. Adu – Gyamfi also called on the University to strengthen the relationship between the Alumni Association and the University since most of the Alumni are in positions of influence which the University can take advantage of.
He finally proposed a yearly lecture series to be addressed by an alumnus and industry leaders, highlighting various avenues where the University can make an impact in the society. He also commended the University administration for the good work they are doing in making the University one of the best in Ghana.