The President of the Wisconsin International University College (WIUC), Professor Obeng Mireku, says it is imperative for private universities in Africa to recognise their role in developing today's workforce with the current uncertainties in the world.
He said thanks to their tailored courses and programmes, private universities had a unique opportunity to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
“How we prepare and nurture our students today will determine our fate as a continent in the event of another pandemic in the future,” he added.
Prof. Mireku stated this at the university’s 15th graduation ceremony held in Accra on the theme: “The role and opportunities for private universities in developing Africa's future workforce.”
A total of 1,159 students received certificates for successfully completing their programmes of study.
They comprised 21 diploma students, 1,061 undergraduate students and 64 post-graduate degree students.
The 21 diploma students were made up of 13 females, representing 61.9 per cent, and eight males, representing 38.1 per cent.
The undergraduate students comprised 731 females, representing 68.0 per cent, and 343 males, representing 32.0 per cent).
The overall best student award went to Debah John Kwabena.
Prof. Mireku said a major lesson learnt from the pandemic was that “we are living not in a static but dynamic world”.
He, therefore, encouraged the graduands to embrace change and keep going because change was inevitable.
“Every now and then, we are constantly confronted with and pursued by change. We need to come to terms with change, be abreast of change and move along with change; otherwise, change will leave us behind in the woods.
“We may have done our best to prepare you for the future. However, there are some things you can only learn at the 'University of Life' in the real world out there,” Prof. Mireku said.
The Chancellor of the university, Dr Paul Kofi Fynn, said all the faculties of the university were fully equipped to train students to become better people in the country, making them very unique.
“When you attend Wisconsin University, by the time you grow up, you have answers to everything because we train you to be very positive over yourself, society, Ghana and Africa at large,” he said.
Dr Fynn, therefore, charged them to put their training and education to good use in a manner that would develop them to help the nation and African become unique too.
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