The University of Energy and Natural Resources has held its 4th Congregation Ceremony for a total of One thousand, one hundred and seventy-one (1171) students who successfully completed various programmes of study and were awarded various degrees and Diplomas offered in the University for the 2018/2019 academic Year.
Of the total, two hundred and seventy-one (271) were from the School of Engineering, two hundred and eighteen (218) from the School of Agriculture and Technology, one hundred and eighty-seven (187) from the School of Natural Resources, two hundred and forty-three(243) from the School of Management Sciences and Law and twenty-one (21) were from the School of Geo-Sciences.
The President, Nana Addo Danquah-Akufo Addo delivering his address as the Special Guest of Honour at the ceremony, commended the University on its achievements since its establishment in 2012 with a graduating student population of 154 to 1,171 students in 2019. He stated “for a University that was only established in 2012, you have done well for yourselves in attempting not only to rub shoulders with other Universities in the country, but also to set yourself apart from others on the continent.” The President expressed delight towards projects undertaken by UENR such as developing biodegradable polythene from corn starch, installation of a fire monitoring laboratory, under the Earth Observation Research Innovation Centre (EORIC) to monitor, detect and predict wildfire and floods in west Africa. He urged the University to continue to work hard and achieve more of such successes.
His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah-Akufo Addo further applauded the authorities of UENR for the envisioned decision to establish a Medical School for training of Doctors not only to serve the three regions of Bono, Bono East and Ahafo but also to serve the towns and communities along the entire Western corridor of the country.
Speaking about Education, President Akufo Addo said the Free Senior High School Policy implemented in 2017 will have all students from SHS 1 to SHS 3 being its beneficiaries. “in all, 1.2 million children would be enrolled into Senior High Schools across the country under the policy making it the largest number of students enrolled in our history.” he added. He announced that, though such increasing numbers could pose infrastructural challenges to the various tertiary institutions in the country, the government was undertaking a comprehensive measure of expanding infrastructure to accommodate the expected higher numbers into the tertiary institutions in Ghana.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Harrison Dapaah in his speech, acknowledged the fact that the University faced a number of challenges which he said hindered the growth of the University in its quest to deliver its mandate and also increase access to tertiary education. He mentioned inadequate lecture halls complexes for each of the campuses, halls of residence for students, Modern Administration block and offices for staff and laboratories with modern equipment as some of the challenges encountered by the University.
Prof. Harrison Dapaah stated that despite these obstacles, the University has made several achievements. He mentioned that, UENR was selected as one of the World Bank’s Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) in the area of energy and environmental sustainability. The Center would focus on building the capacity of faculty to deliver world class teaching and conduct state-of-the- art research in energy and environmental sustainability. Also, he said that the Center would provide tailor-made postgraduate programmes (MSc/MPhil/PhD) and short courses on sustainable energy technologies and projects to bridge the skills gap.
He called on the government to endow the University with seed money of GH¢50 Million and an annual cash allocation of GH¢10 million for the next 10 years to enable the University meet the high cost of running a multi-campus system and also implement a Ten-Year Strategic Plan of the University.
In all, nine (9) awards were presented to graduating students with outstanding academic performance. Mac-Ocloo Kwesi Maxwell Jnr of the School of Sciences and Opoku-Dabanka Stephanie of the School of Management Sciences and Law, each took away two of the Nine (9) awards as best graduating students in their various Schools: Vice-Chancellor’s award for the overall best graduating student and UENR Alumni Best Female graduating student respectively.