The Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) has rolled out elaborate activities to facilitate the early settling and integration of fresh undergraduate and postgraduate students into the University Community for the 2022/2023 academic year.
Implementation of the activities started on January 21, 2023, the arrival day for the fresh students on the main campus, Kumasi and the Asante Mampong Campus of the University. For instance, Campus Security Personnel and other staff were deployed to be on hand to assist the arriving students to locate and check into their halls of residence without hassle. Other Important activities like Students Registration, Medical Examinations, and intensive Orientation Sessions kick-started on Monday, January 23, 2023. That preceded special orientation sessions which the respective Faculties of the University planned for the fresh students.
The Intensive Orientation Programme that spanned January 25-27, 2023, was deliberately planned to cover all facets of life and activities of the University. The Orientation lived up to its billing as the students turned out in their numbers to participate enthusiastically in the various sessions on both campuses of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, assured the new students that choosing AAMUSTED over other universities in the country was the best decision because AAMUSTED guarantees the best learning experience and a bright future for its graduates. He was welcoming the fresh students during the opening session of the Orientation on January 25, 2023.
Stressing that AAMUSTED is a highly-developed environment comparable to any university in the country despite gaining autonomy recently, Prof. Sarfo assured the fresh students that the University has the necessary facilities for smooth and convenient teaching and learning. He also announced efforts to expand and improve existing facilities to promote quality academic work at the University.
The VC touted the teaching and non-teaching staff of the University as top-notch and approachable professionals and the laboratories and workshops as state-of-the-art, equipped with some of the best machines and tools in the country. He, thus, urged the students to settle down quickly, feel at home, and optimise the numerous opportunities available at AAMUSTED.
Prof. Sarfo also appealed to them to join in the efforts to safeguard the AAMUSTED brand and avoid all behaviours that could derail the enviable image of the University.
Speaking on the topic, The Opportunity and Resources for Teaching and Learning, the Registrar of AAMUSTED, Mr. Augustus Kwaw Brew, assured the students that AAMUSTED has enough resources to guarantee their safe and comfortable stay on campus.
He gave details of the various academic facilities, particularly the University Library’s stock of modern books and e-learning materials, ICT facilities (internet connectivity and wifi access at almost all corners of campus), and the halls of residence. To those not able to secure accommodation in the University’s Halls of Residence, he encouraged them to be good tenants to maintain a good rapport between the University and its host communities.
Other topics discussed at the Orientation were Channels of Communication in AAMUSTED; Procedures for Payment of Fees; Health Services at the University Clinics; Academic Rules and Regulations/Services; Sharpening one’s Academic Skills; Quality Assurance; Semester and Course Credit System; and Guidance and Counseling Services.
There were also topics like Examinations in AAMUSTED; Challenges and Opportunities for Fresh Students; Procedures for AAMUSTED Online Registration; Security and Fire Safety on Campus; Scholarships and Government Bursaries for Students; Graduate Research/Thesis Writing; and Library Services in the University.
At the Asante Mampong Campus, the Acting Principal, Prof. Emmanuel Dartey, speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, encouraged the fresh students to prioritise their studies under all circumstances to realise the purpose of seeking admission to the University. Prof. Dartey asked the fresh students to take their personal security seriously even though the University Security and the Police were working collaboratively to ensure their safety on campus.