Thousands of fresh students selected for the various degree and diploma programmes at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) for the 2023/2024 academic year turned out enthusiastically for day one of a three-day orientation programme organised by the university. The aim of the three-day orientation programme was to help them understand and facilitate their early settling into the new environment.
Two sessions were held on day one, January 17, 2024, for undergraduate and postgraduate students, respectively, where the Management and other bigwigs of the University met to welcome the students officially. The sessions were also an avenue to provide vital information relevant to all the freshers. In addition to a hearty welcome from the Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, there were ample expositions on issues, including the conducive environment prepared for teaching and learning, procedures for paying facility user fees, and channels of communications in the University.
The other topics were Academic Rules and Regulations/Services, Library Services, Medical Examinations and Health Services, Guidance and Counselling Services, Connecting with AAMUSTED on social media, Domestic Fire Outbreak Prevention, Recreation and Sports, and Accessing Student Loans.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sarfo, in his welcome to the freshers, expressed happiness that thousands of them had selected AAMUSTED over other universities, assuring them that the decision would turn out as one of the best they would ever make. He said the University had prepared adequately to give them a fulfilling teaching and learning experience in AAMUSTED.
He touched briefly on the history and mandate of the University and emphasised that “achieving the aims of AAMUSTED would lead to job creation and reduce unemployment in the country.” That, he said, was an important motivation for the hard work and commitment of the Governing Council, Management, and the Staff of the University to deliver on all the spheres of the University’s life.
He, therefore, charged the fresh students to join hands with university authorities to make AAMUSTED great by devoting themselves to things that would further enhance the growing positive image of the University.
Especially to the postgraduate students, he reminded them of the intensive nature of their programmes and stressed the need for them to work hard and display a commitment to succeed.
He also touched on the arrangements of the University to guarantee students’ safety and well-being on campus. Prof. Sarfo said the University had adequately trained and resourced its Security Personnel to protect students, day and night on campus, in addition to night patrols on campus by the Tanoso Police.
That notwithstanding, he advised the students to take their personal security very seriously so they do not fall prey to criminals who might infiltrate the campus.
Days two and three (January 18 and 19, 2024) of the scheduled orientation were devoted to Faculty and Departmental interactions.