The first-year students, admitted to pursue various programmes for the 2019/2020 academic year in UENR have been taken through a two-day orientation programme.
The orientation which was organized according to Schools was to acquaint students with the rules and regulations as well as the day to day activities of the various Schools and the Departments in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Harrison Dapaah speaking to the Students congratulated them for meeting the necessary requirements to be admitted to UENR despite the high statistics of applicants. He assured them of the University Management’s support for their journey on campus. “we are here to help you develop and our aim is to equip you to contribute to humanity and the world” he stated. Prof. Dapaah urged the students to make use of the information given during the orientation asking them to thoroughly read the student’s handbook and abide by the contents. He advised the freshers to take their studies seriously to avoid being dismissed on grounds of poor academic performance and other criminal offences.
The Dean of the School of Management Sciences and Law, Prof. Yaw Ofosu-Kusi addressing the students said being in the University was a pathway to becoming an elite in the society adding that “consider yourself as the luckiest people to be here because not everyone had the opportunity to attain admission to the University.” Again, he noted that being in the University was a period of transition which introduced them to a new environment with responsibilities different from home and the Senior High Schools. Prof. Ofosu-Kusi admonished them to be conscious of the security on campus and be cautious of peer influence that can negatively affect their studies.
The Dean of Students, Dr. Dominic Otoo on his part, spoke to the students saying even though some students did not choose the programmes offered them, it was a privilege to discover other disciplines that have great opportunities in contemporary days. “if you didn’t get the programme of your choice, don’t be disappointed for it maybe God’s great plan for you. All you need to do is to stay focused and don’t follow the crowd” He encouraged them. Dr. Otoo also took the students through the channels of communication in the University urging them to follow the right channel in addressing their grievances.
Other presentations made during the programme included time management on campus by the University Counselor, Rev. I. K Arthur, Security on Campus by the Acting Head of Security, Mr. Caesar Agana, how to use the Library effectively taken by the University Librarian, Madam Mercy Ama Asafu-Adjaye and living in the hostel presented by the Junior Assistant Registrar in-charge of the Hostel, Madam Abena Amoanimaa Ahenkorah.
The orientation also gave the fresh students the opportunity to learn about other issues on Sports, Student’s governance (SRC), Health, Financial Assistance, Examination, Information Technology system of the University relating to registration, Immigration Issues and campus tour.