Presbyterian University, Ghana Inducts Vice-Chancellor into Office

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The Vice-Chancellor of Presbyterian University, Ghana (PUG), Professor John Ofosu-Anim was inducted into office since assuming office on the 1st of August, 2023 at a ceremony at the Ramseyer Chapel at Abetifi-Kwahu on 29th September, 2023.

Prof. John Ofosu-Anim becomes the first Vice-Chancellor of PUG after it became a full-fledged University in the year 2022, and the fourth President of PUG since its inception in the year 2003.

The Chancellor of PUG, Rt. Rev. Prof. J. O. Y. Mante congratulated Prof. John Ofosu-Anim on his appointment to the leadership of the University.

The Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Prof. J. O. Y. Mante (middle) raising the hand of the VC in an official declaration of his assumption of office while His Lordship Justice Prof. E. N. A. Kotey (right), looked on.

The Chancellor, said the PUG has endured and flourished over the years because it is deeply rooted in the Presbyterian Church of Ghana’s educational philosophy that trains the head, heart and hand.

Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante, who doubles up as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana charged the Vice-Chancellor to lead the University to fulfil its anticipated goals, while pledging the Church’s unwavering support to the University.   

In his address at the ceremony, Prof. Ofosu-Anim said the Presbyterian University, Ghana has become a beacon of academic excellence, innovation, and service to the community “a testament to the hard work, dedication, and vision of all those who have come before me” pledging to “build upon this strong foundation and create a brighter future for our students, our community and our nation.”

Some members of the University Management at the ceremony

Underlining his priorities the Vice-Chancellor said the University will continue to create an environment that supports and nurtures students, a catalyst in harnessing students’ potential to achieve great things.

According to him, the University management has also prioritise the construction of a hostel at the Asante Akyem Campus to deal with the accommodation challenges that have affected it over the years. He implored the business community to partner the University to actualise the dream.

A section of students (left) and Convocation (right) at the Ceremony

Prof. Ofosu-Anim believes the way for the University to succeed as an entity is to rally all staff and create spaces for each member to contribute their expertise while engaging the communities where the University’s campuses are located to “foster partnerships that promote social and economic growth.”

He said academic excellence will be at the heart of everything the University does to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for the challenges of the modern world by offering demand-driven programmes.

A section of traditional leaders and guests at the Ceremony

“I will focus on attracting and retaining the best faculties, support their research and teaching efforts, and invest in relevant technologies and resources in order to enhance the learning experience,” he said.

“I intend to strengthen the capacity of our IT Unit, especially, establishing a state of the art IT laboratory to support my initiative to digitalize administrative processes to reduce paper waste and call upon companies that deal in computers to support me,” he emphasised.

Rev. Dr. A. Opare Kwakye (left), Moderator-elect of the General Assembly and Rev. Dr. G. N. N. Odonkor (right), the Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at the Ceremony

Prof. Ofosu-Anim said he would work to partner businesses, government agencies, and other organisations to leverage their expertise and resources to create new opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Acknowledging and commending the contributions of his predecessors, whose dedication and vision have paved the way for a prosperous future for the University, the Vice-Chancellor said he will strengthen and celebrate the relationship with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana upon which the University’s spiritual identity stands.

A section of dignitaries at the Ceremony

The Chairman of the University Council, His Lordship Justice Prof Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey congratulated Prof. John Ofosu-Anim on his appointment.

He assured the Vice-Chancellor of the support of the University Council to make his tenure a success. 

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