The Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) has held a matriculation ceremony for some 7,319 freshly admitted students into various fulltime, weekend, and part-time/evening postgraduate and undergraduate programmes on its Kumasi and Asante Mampong campuses for the 2022/2023 academic year. The freshly matriculated students comprising 6,637 undergraduates and 682 postgraduates represent nearly 78% of the 9,415 people who applied for admission.
The Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, Prof. Frederick. Kwaku Sarfo, addressing the matriculation ceremony on both campuses of the University on March 17, 2023, commended the fresh students highly for successfully navigating all the rigorous selection requirements and processes to be admitted as Junior Members of the University.
‘We are happy you settled on AAMUSTED as your preferred destination for your education and training,’ the Vice-Chancellor told the fresh students and assured them that the University Council and Management of the University were working feverishly toward improving conditions for their comfortable and convenient stay on campus.
For instance, he was happy the University could complete a Four-Storey Opoku Ware II Hall of Residence Extension Block on the Kumasi Campus in record time to increase campus residential accommodation spaces. He also mentioned a 1,500-seater-capacity lecture block completed recently and efforts underway to procure furniture for the lecture halls.
Prof. Sarfo also touched on ongoing projects at the Kumasi Campus, including the 3,500-capacity Executive Students Association (ESA) Lecture Block, which is at an advanced stage of completion and the construction of an ultra-modern Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Center, which is also progressing steadily.
At the Asante Mampong Campus, he said a 1000-capacity lecture block and a modern Abattoir with lecture rooms and offices had been completed, and plans for constructing modern science laboratories were advancing. For instance, he announced that procurement processes for the construction works were to start soon.
While indicating that the projects supra were all done, or being done, with Internally Generated Funds (IGF), the Vice-Chancellor called on the Government of Ghana, His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, and other public-spirited individuals and organisations to come to the aid of AAMUSTED. He cited a 3500-capacity convention center whose construction has stalled for over a decade and appealed for support to complete it.
He assured the fresh students that they would have excellent and fulfilling academic experience in their areas of specialisation and entrepreneurship if they could commit to taking advantage of the numerous opportunities available at the University. ‘Please, avoid wasting precious time and energy on matters that add nothing to the quality of training you are bound to receive from this University and make good use of the various support services such as Guidance and Counselling Services, Student Support Desk at the offices of the Dean of Students, etc.,’ the Vice-Chancellor encouraged the students.
He said AAMUSTED guaranteed its students a preparation that would enable them to become competent professional teachers in TVET, Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Environmental Engineering, and other areas; develop expertise in their areas of specialisation for the world of work; develop entrepreneurship expertise for business creation and also bring innovation at your workplaces; develop critical thinking skills and life-long learning skills; and become a socially-responsible-citizen who can adapt to new technologies and maximise new opportunities.
‘That makes AAMUSTED unique among the traditional public tertiary institutions in Ghana; you should not become unemployed graduates after your training in AAMUSTED,’ Prof. Sarfo said, asking the fresh students to be proud of themselves for choosing AAMUSTED and be its good ambassadors.