Ghana’s Catholic University Gets New Vice Chancellor, Promises to Rebrand Institution
CANAA || By Damian Avevor, Ghana || 01 December 2016
The Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) last Saturday, November 26, received a new Vice Chancellor (VC) who has promised to rebrand the institution in order to compete favorably with other institutions of higher learning in the country.
Speaking in Fiapre in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana during his official installation, the new VC, Prof. Daniel Kwabena Obeng-Ofori, made known his intention to revitalize and reposition CUCG “to take its rightful place as the leading private University in Ghana and beyond.”
“I have taken up the mantle of leadership of the CUCG at a time of stiff competition in the higher education landscape and weak financial health of most private Universities in Ghana including CUCG,” he said.
Prof. Obeng-Ofori spelled out his vision at his investiture ceremony at CUCG Campus saying, “It is my conviction that for the imperative convenience of its global clientele, CUCG must aspire to be global in its offerings, structuring of programmes and manner of doing business.”
Prof. Obeng-Ofori had been appointed in July 2016.
He thanked the Chancellor of the CUCG, His Eminence Peter cardinal Appiah Turkson, the Ghana catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Governing Council and the Staff, for the confidence and responsibility reposed in him to lead the Catholic University.
The investiture, which coincided with the 14th Congregation and 22nd matriculation ceremonies, was presided over by Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie, Chairman of the Governing Council of the University and Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese,.
Seven Bishops from various dioceses in Ghana were part of the congregation numbering over 2,000 who turned up to witness the ceremonies.
Prof. Obeng-Ofori noted that the overall goals of CUCG were to generate knowledge, disseminate information universally and provide community service through teaching, research and socio-cultural engagements with the community at large for public good.
“To achieve our universal mandate, CUCG like other higher educational institutions must uphold its enabling instruments, including the law establishing the institution, statutes and other regulations and conventions that guide its operations,” the Prof. said.
He pledged to harness the collective talents and expertise of faculty, students and non-academic Staff to generate and disseminate knowledge to students and society and supervise the development of appropriate curricula and their mode of delivery.
Administering the oath of office, Bishop Kwofie thanked the new VC for exhibiting courage when his wife Rosaline died just a month to his investiture and assured him of prayerful support.
Archbishop Naameh, who led a special prayer for the new VC, prayed that he would use his office to the good of CUCG and promote ethical and moral values according to the virtues of the Church.
He prayed that his life would be an example to all while the staff and students cooperate with him to raise CUCG’s standard.