Today January 18, 2022

The Garden City University College to run a post-graduate course in Midwifery from next year

The Garden City University College located at Kenyase-Abirem in the Kwabre East District would from the next academic year, start running a post-graduate course in Midwifery.

The university has already been given approval by the National Accreditation Board of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission to run the programme which is research-based and would be for a two-year duration.

GCUC thus becomes the only tertiary institution in Ghana to run an MSc programme in Midwifery.

This would be another feat for GCUC as for now, it is the only private university in Ghana offering dental therapy.

The President of the University, Prof Edward Asante, who announced this at the 13th Congregation of GCUC, said the MSc in Midwifery Programme was affiliated to the University of Calabar in Nigeria and would take in February 2021.

He said the objective was to train the needed skilled manpower for the health sector in the country and on the continent.

Commenting on the year under review, Prof Asante said just like most economies in the world, the educational sector was also yet to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic and its effects.

He said the pandemic has changed the old way of doing things and challenged everyone to think out of the box in order to remain relevant in the system.

Accordingly, he said the university has invested in its Information Technology (IT) infrastructure to enable it to run virtual teaching and learning programmes.

“I thank the University College Community for the resilience adaptability. When COVID-19 struck and disrupted learning, we managed to adapt fast to the use of technology. The trends for the delivery of teaching and learning in higher education institutions will continue to shift towards the use of technology,” he said.

He said the university has made a firm decision to invest more resources in technology to support teaching and learning and has embarked on preparing lecturers and students for asynchronous learning.

“Asynchronous learning will expand access to education and accord flexible schedules to busy professionals who want to continue with education amidst other competing activities,” he added.

In all, a total of 676 students graduated from the university with 70 of them obtaining First Class honours.

Out of the number of the graduates, 471 were females while 205 were males with the majority of them coming from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Delivering a lecture on the theme: “post covid-19 and the educational enterprise: innovative strategies to stay in business,” the Head of Client Coverage, Corporate and Investment Banking of the Stanbic Bank Ghana, Mrs Dinah Kaleo-Bioh, said the business of education or educational enterprise was becoming more costly to run because of all the challenges that have emanated from the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said schools have been forced to invest more in IT infrastructure to stay on top of issues and training programmes have had to be run at a high cost for staff to be abreast with these new technologies.

“In fact, the investment into these new technologies alone can be crippling many an institution. Tertiary education has moved into the realm of what I call marketization- by this I mean tertiary institutions have become fully functional corporate bodies that aim at providing quality services, ensuring growth on both the top line and the bottom line with an improved social image to attract the best students. This is especially true for private universities such as GCUC,” she said.

According to Mrs Kaleo-Bioh, there were need educationalal institutions to strategize not just to stay afloat, but to be resilient and sustainable irrespective of the storms in the business environment.

“These strategies will need to be diverse enough to attract the attention of parents and students. I want to call this ‘The Student Centricity Model.

“This model puts students at the centre of whatever decision the school takes. How do we get our paymasters, in this case, our students and prospective students to choose GCUC over other universities, and what are the strategies to ensure growth on all lines?

“Virtual learning is now the way to go and I must admit that though some programmes still need a physical presence, it is now more of another option than the previous case when that was the norm,” she observed.

She said while all universities in the world were going virtual, many Ghanaian universities seemed stuck with the old methods which were not competitive and could ensure growth.

Source: Ghana Web



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