Development on campus:
After the foundation stone laying ceremony on 25th April, 2007 by Cardinal Ivan Diaz, the dream of moving to the permanent site came alive. The founding fathers committed huge investments in realizing that dream. In the beginning of 2008/2009 academic year, the activities of the University started at the permanent campus under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. James Hawkins Ephraim. Though challenging and under very trying moments, the enthusiasm and cooperation of both staff and student was very commendable.
Serious attention is being focused on the infrastructural development of the campus to commensurate with the ever increasing student population with equally efficient, dynamic and experienced academic and administrative staff to impart holistic education to our beloved students. Current facilities include: a two-storey Resource Centre consisting of two large lecture theatres, three computer laboratories, a Library Complex and some offices for the Deans and lecturers; as well as a two-story Lecture Blocks “A” and “B”. The Newest Block ‘C’ is the Administration Block. The University has also commissioned two clusters of three-story hostels with over 1,000 student capacity.
Catholic University College used to run Full-time, Night and Weekend schedules. However, currently the University College runs programmes on regular and weekend basis. The majority of the students are Ghanaians with Brong-Ahafo leading the regional balance with over 1000 students. Predominantly Catholics by faith, there are other religious denominations including Pentecostal, charismatics, orthodox and Muslim students. CUCG has international students from Nigeria, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, etc. pursing degree programmes in Five Faculties with variety of programme options available.
The Faculties are:
Economics and Business Administration (EBA) — BSc. Economics and Business Administration with options in: Management, Accounting, Economics, etc.)
Public Health and Allied Sciences (PHAS) — BSc. Public Health with options in Health Education, Health Informatics, and Health Management
Information Communication Sciences and Technology (ICST) — BSc. Computer Science; BSc. Actuarial Science.
Education (EDU) — BEd. English; BEd. Geography; BEd. Accounting; BEd. Mathematics; BEd. Computer Science; and BEd. Christian Religious Education.
Religious Studies (RS)— BA Religious Studies
The University offers Master of Arts (MA) in Religious Studies and Pastoral Ministry as well as Post-Graduate Diploma in Education.
In the beginning of the 2011/2012 academic year, the University College started with Certificate programmes in English and French Languages. In the same year, Alternative Dispute Resolution course was introduced. A Centre for Conflict Resolution “Marian Conflict Resolution Centre” was established and commissioned by her Ladyship, Theodora Georgina Wood, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, in 2011.
The Faculties are headed by the following:
Msgr. Dr. Seth Osei-Agyemang (PhD), Acting Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (E&BA).
Msgr. Dr. Stephen Ntim (PhD), Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Charles Bruno (PhD), Acting Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies
Dr. Patrick Ohemeng Gyaase (PhD), Acting Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences and Technology (ICST)
Dr. Sylvester Twumasi (PhD), Acting Dean of the Public Health and Allied Sciences (PHAS).
Dr. Anthony Bonnah Koomson (PhD), Acting Dean of the School of Research and Graduate Studies (SRGS).
Pre-University Remedial Programme
This Remedial Programme is designed to enable prospective applicants, who did not obtain the required grades at the SSSCE/WASSCE, to improve on their grades. It is to give students the opportunity to adequately prepare and re-sit their respective papers in the “NOV/DEC” Examinations.
The duration for this programme is from March 2015—August 2015. Registration fee per subject is GH¢200 and the location is the University’s campus at Fiapre-Sunyani. Subjects including: Core Mathematics, English Language, Integrated Science, Social Studies, Government, Economics, Financial Accounting and Costing. Affordable accommodation on campus is available for interested applicants.
Undergraduate Degree Programme
The following undergraduate degree programmes are affiliated with UCC:
BSc. General Nursing
BSc. Human Resource Management
BSc. Management of Organizational Development
BSc. Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
Graduate Degree Programme
CUCG will also offer Masters Degree programmes including:
MBA Human Resource Management
In the near future, programmes including: BSc. Public Health Nursing; BSc. Environmental Science; BSc. Agriculture Science; and LLB (Alternative Dispute Resolution) would be introduced.
Significance of the University:
Catholic University, in its early stages, has impacted positively on the lives of the people in the community in particular, the region in general and the country at large. The establishment of the University has created enabling environment for diverse economic activities among the people of Fiapre, Sunyani and the catchments: it has improved the economic activities of trotro and taxi drivers. Consequently, it has increased demand for rent, food, telecommunication services, etc. The University continues to offer employment opportunities to people by facilitating self-employment ingenuity for artisans like carpenters, masons, electricians, mechanical engineers, etc.
Furthermore, in knowledge wise, the University continues to offer opportunities for workers alike to upgrade themselves and acquire holistic education to improve their services. Indeed, the Catholic University has offered relief for many students in the region who, hitherto, would have traveled far and wide to receive some education elsewhere in Accra, Kumasi, etc. Therefore, studying at CUCG is by default a student of either University of Ghana or University of Cape Coast with unique characteristics.
Again, the University is contributing immensely, in partnership with the government, to offer access to tertiary education for qualified candidates to acquire knowledge and skills to contribute effectively, efficiently and positively to the socio-economic, political, moral and religious growth and development of the country. The University, since its establishment, has produced ten batches of graduates whose contributions in their various fields of endeavours are remarkably acknowledged by their employers, clients and society.
Future Development and Prospects:
Twenty-one staff bungalows of different categories are under construction. In the near future, the University will witness the construction of science laboratories, recreational facilities and a chapel.
The employment of best human resources to facilitate the achievement of its mission is very necessary. The Catholic University College of Ghana stands tall among her sister tertiary institutions in Ghana and intends to provide holistic education accessible to all, irrespective of race, tribe, religion or financial status. CUCG is a centre of moral and academic excellence. Hence, moderate fees are charged to enable parents/guardians and individuals to afford quality higher education for their children, wards and themselves.
These include inadequate logistics for the desired expectations, and inadequate financial disposition to enhance its activities. The University needs more computers and accessories, more relevant course books at the library, projectors, acoustic accessories to ensure effective communication during lectures to achieve the desired teaching and learning objectives, etc.
Appeal for Support:
It is the hope and prayer of the sacrificing staff and students that the government, organizations, friends of Catholic University, and corporate bodies will give attention to the clarion call of the University and offer the necessary financial, technical, and material supports. Basically, investment is needed in the following areas:
Construction of private hostels for students
Construction of the access road to campus
Investment in banking, postal, communication services, etc.
Provision of services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, saloons, etc.
The assistance you offer today will yield greater results in the future of the students and the betterment of society. God bless you for your good thoughts and prayers. Please, send your contributions, donations, material support, etc. through the contacts below and you will be acknowledged and blessed:
Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre
Post Office Box 363, Sunyani
Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana
Tel: 03520-26751/ 94658/ 91559/ 94657
Accra Office: 0302-512208 Mobile: 024-3157300 / 0263628212