The University of Energy and Natural Resources has ushered in a total of 3,309 fresh students admitted for the 2019/2020 academic year bringing the total student population to 8,825. Out of those admitted, 3,012 were undergraduate students. Of the number, 1,019 representing 33.7% were females, whilst 1,996 representing 66.3% were males.
In the area of postgraduate admissions, a total of 103 applicants were offered admission into the Master of Philosophy and Doctoral programmes. Of the number, five (5) representing 5% were females, whilst 95 representing 95% were males. A total of 194 were also admitted for the weekend Top-UP programmes. Out of the number, fifty-three (53) representing 27% were females while 141 representing 73% were males.
The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Harrison Dapaah disclosed this at the University’s 1st Special Congregation and 8th Matriculation ceremony held last Saturday at the University’s main campus. According to him, it is the goal of the University to increase total postgraduate enrolment into the University to about 15% of the total student population in the near future.
Prof. Dapaah said the UENR is poised to provide access to university education for as many qualified applicants as possible, however admissions are constrained due to inadequate academic and residential facilities for staff and students. He acknowledged that UENR is faced with a number of challenges as a young university. ‘Our major challenge is infrastructure such as lack of lecture hall complexes for each of our campuses, halls of Residence for students, modern administration block and offices for staff and laboratories with modern equipment.’ he stated. He added that despite the meagre resources available, the University has managed to stay afloat to deliver on its core mandate. The Vice-Chancellor was hopeful that the government and GETFund would quickly come to the aid of the University.
Advising the matriculants, Prof. Dapaah admonished them to aim high and take their studies seriously: ‘you need to continually remember that the distance between today’s ceremony and congregation ceremony is quite wide and it is important that the journey ends successfully. For this to happen, you need to be regular in attendance at lectures, carry out all your assignments, and shun deviant behaviours and other vices that can expose you and others to dangers.’
The Vice-Chancellor reminded the students to study and meditate on the contents of the Students’ Handbook thoroughly to acquaint themselves with all the rules and regulations therein. He further mentioned to the matriculants that actions such as examination malpractice, stealing, physical and sexual assault were criminal and offenders found culpable will face dismissal with possible prosecution. He encouraged them to pursue their career and integrate academic excellence with other aspects of life, especially moral uprightness and spiritual upliftment, urging them to seek help and information socially and intellectually from the University Counseling Unit and the University’s website as well as other information dissemination outlets in the University.
Similar matriculation ceremony was held for about 300 first year Students of the School of Agriculture and Technology and the School of Geo-Sciences at the Dormaa Campus on the 18th October, 2019. The ceremony in Sunyani also saw the conferment of degrees by the School of Graduate Studies to the first PhD Student in Environmental Engineering Management and graduated nine (9) other students in various MPhil and MSc programmes.