Regional News of Monday, 19 August 2013

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah

UDS introduces 10 new sandwich programmes

The University for Development Studies (UDS) has introduced 10 new sandwich programmes to accommodate more students seeking tertiary education at various levels.

These comprise Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Strategic Planning and Management, Master of Arts in Community Development and Master of Arts in Commerce.

The rest are Master of Arts in Peace and Development, Master of Arts in Development Communication, Master of Arts in Education and Agriculture, Master of Education in Training and Development as well as Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

With emphasis on the Post Graduate Diploma in Education programme, it is an opportunity created for untrained teachers in the three regions of the north and the Brong Ahafo Region to upgrade their academic qualifications.

Vice Chancellor for the University for Development Studies, Professor Yakubu Harunah made the announcement at the matriculation of Graduate Students (Sandwich) who have been offered admission into various disciplines.

Being the premier northern university, Professor Yakubu warned that authorities will not relax the status quo of penalizing disorderliness and challenged them to serve as role models in their localities.

He again stated that the university’s academic board will not hesitate to discipline students who might be discovered to have used fraudulent certificates to gain admission.

Professor Yakubu revealed that the admission processes have been challenging and competitive due to the increasing numbers of applicants for the various courses.

He said about 1000 applicants applied for admission but 375 were shortlisted out of which 268 reported.

The remaining applicants are expected to be enrolled into the regular degree courses.

The UDS Registrar, Dr. A.B.T Zakariah said the university has deepened its collaboration with other African and international institutions to enhance its well tailored exchange programmes.

Through such move, Dr. Zakariah said 10 foreign students from the Faculty of Cultural and Social studies, University of Applied Sciences, Dusseldorf Germany have gained admission into the UDS faculty of Education of which Professor Agnes Apusigah is the Dean.