Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG), Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, has called on the University’s old students to endeavor to support initiatives that will enhance effective teaching and learning for their Alma Mater.
Professor Amfo made the appeal on the sidelines of a health walk, organized by the UG Alumni, and supported by Makers and Partners, a chartered accountancy firm.
The 10-Kilometer walk, through the principal streets of the University, aimed at keeping fit, socializing and brainstorming on how to support the objectives of the University.
Professor Amfo noted that as Vice Chancellor one of her strategic objectives was to create a sense ownership among students, faculty, staff and alumni.
She said last year the University launched a special initiative to enhance the ‘UG Student Experience’ which includes classroom modernization; modernizing their lecture halls, and the ‘one student one laptop project’ which is intended to provide free laptops to needy students.
The Vice-Chancellor said the 3rd project under this initiative was the ‘hotspot comfort zones’, saying “this is where we create places of comfort which are Wi-Fi enabled and students could relax between their lectures, finish assignments and discussions”.
Professor Amfo said for the University’s 75th Anniversary Legacy Projects, they had the ‘Students Experience Centre’ where the University intends to bring all students services together under one roof, thus, academic affairs, housing, and services for students with special needs.
The Vice-Chancellor therefore reached out to anyone affiliated to the University, to support and ensure UG achieves its vision, mission and values.
Madam Doris Ansah, Chairperson of the UG Alumni Association, said every University thrived on the help of the Alumni, adding that “for UG we need more people to come on board and help with their widow’s might.
She emphasized that the Alumni has initiated a number of laudable projects, however, the University needs more projects and it was appropriate for all stakeholders to come together to help the University build up infrastructure so students could have the comfort to learn.
She said the Association had refurbished 5 of the Reading Rooms for different Halls, among others.
She mentioned that, in the area of health they have built a mother’s wing (hostel) for the Legon Hospital; otherwise mothers whose children were hospitalized had nowhere to sleep.
Madam Ansah said the Alumni had also provided a modern incinerator to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
Mr Alfred Aryee, partner at Makers and Partners also advised Ghanaian workers to be health conscious and embrace lifestyles that will improve their fitness levels.
He stated that the event highlighted the need for professional networking, as it created a platform to build relationships with other professionals.
Mr Aryee said the frontliners of Makers and Partners were part of the UG Alumni and it was feasible to build partners and promote their services, “which include, Forensic Audits, Statutory Audit, Tax Advisory Services, Corporate Advisory Services, SME Business Solution, and Forensic Investigation Training”.