The Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) has matriculated 7,486 freshmen and women into its 2021/2022 academic year for its regular, evening, weekend, and outreach undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at a virtual ceremony on March 18, 2022.
The fresh students include a good number of the free Senior High and Technical School graduates from less-endowed areas, an increased number of persons with special needs, and some 730 students offering Diploma-in-Education on the University’s Outreach Programme dotted in most parts of the country.
The Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, addressing the ceremony, indicated joyfully the fast rate at which the population of the University was growing, stressing that the development was a clear vote of confidence in the quality of the academic offerings and services of the University.
That notwithstanding, he said the University was working hard to improve its existing academic and administrative processes and expand them towards its mandate to contribute to employability for all.
“Our University is the educational path that prepares learners for life-long work, and life-long learning and opening doors for the productive future of the country, AAMUSTED will play its leadership role,” he stressed with confidence.
He observed that to perform at an optimal level on its mandate, AAMUSTED would require much attention and resources. Therefore, he said the Governing Council and the Management of the University were working tirelessly to improve conditions, citing various infrastructural projects currently ongoing in the University funded from Internally-Generated Funds (IGF) as an example. He said the University authorities were exploring available sources to raise funds to expedite the completion of the ongoing projects and commence several others that are still on the drawing boards. In that regard, he appealed to all public-spirited organisations and individuals to lend a hand to AAMUSTED.
He expressed gratitude to the government for demonstrating a commitment to complete a 3500-seater-capacity Convention Center, stalling in the University for over a decade now, and appealed to it for more infrastructure to do a better job on its mandate. He also thanked His Royal Majesty, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for indicating his readiness to support AAMUSTED to become a great university.
The Vice-Chancellor announced that the University Management had improved internet access through wireless connectivity to facilitate teaching, learning, and research on the University campuses. He said the Management was also working seriously with other institutions, agencies, and organizations such as the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) to expand facilities in the university.
To the matriculants, Prof. Sarfo commended highly for successfully going through the University’s rigorous admission processes and making it to the ceremony to be officially admitted into the University as Junior Members.
He cautioned them against wasting time and energy on matters that would not add anything to the quality of training that they were receiving from AAMUSTED. “Adopt a positive attitude to your studies, avoid procrastination, be disciplined, do not cheat in examinations, and use proper channels of communication to address your grievances,” he told them, encouraging them to work to their best abilities to contribute to enhancing the image of the University.