Professor Afoakwa appointed as the first VC for GCTU
Ghana Communications Technology University gained its independent-university status in August 2020. After this feast, it finally inducts Professor Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa into office as its first Vice-Chancellor.
The term of office for the position is four years, hence in 2025, he might retain the position or not.
Professor Afoakwa was ushered into the office in shades of colours of the Ghanaian traditional colours, predominantly Kente wear and colours.
The invertible was graced by members of the council, Convocation, Students and non-teaching staff of the University, traditional leaders, families and friends.
Professor Afoakwa gave a speech indicating indication his readiness for the battle ahead.
Over his tenure in office, he said he’ll transform the university by capitalising on technology innovation that can build an entrepreneurial institution in order to contribute to the country’s fiscal consolidation.
He also said he’ll develop an effective governance system for the University and ensure that students’ experiences are enhanced to equip them for the outside world.
He added that he would spearhead an administration that would strengthen partnerships with various organisations and make sure that GCTU becomes “an entrepreneurial and enterprising university to ensure fiscal stability.”
In addition to promoting transnational and virtual education, he said, “this university will be a destination of choice for students in pursuit of excellence and industry ready-skills. We will give them [the students] diligent training that will make them so successful.”
He pledged that under his management, the university will only pursue its core mandate, which states that; “this University was established to provide a viable centre of higher education in ICT and to undertake research in the area of ICT and we’re going to adhere strictly to that.”
He further sought for help to transform GCTU into a collegiate system since he had plans of establishing three colleges; College of Computing Systems and Technology, College of Communications and Engineering and College of Business and Technology.
This he plans on implementing in the next two years since the various colleges will be focusing on the areas of STEM and ICT.
Dr Kofi Koduah Sarpong, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), urged the VC to seek collaboration with the industry.
This collaboration, he said, should be one that would lead to the development of programmes and structures that would meet the growing ICT needs of students and industry in times of a “new normal.”
He, indicated the GNPC’s commitment to working with the University in such a direction, noting that the Corporation was already considering a proposal to support the GCTU build new infrastructure.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (GUTA), Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), Teachers and Education Workers’ Union (TEWU) and the Vice Chancellors Ghana, offered goodwill messages.