|Prof. Haruna Yakubu|
The University for Development Studies (UDS) would from the next academic year (2014/2015) establish an Institute for the Study of Ethics through which issues of moral and social responsiveness would be addressed.
Vice Chancellor of UDS Professor Haruna Yakubu, who announced this at the 15th Congregation of the University in Tamale, said the institute would among other things “introduce a mandatory course in ethics and social responsibility to be taken by all first year students of the University”.
The institute, he noted, would in collaboration with the UDS Graduate School develop postgraduate diploma and certificate programmes in ethics and social Responsibility. “The course is intended for members of the general public…..the purpose of these programmes is to help inculcate, in our own small way, ethical and socially responsible behaviour among Ghanaians”, Prof. Yakubu stressed.
The establishment of the Institute for The Study of Ethics would add up to other already existing schools and centres such as the UDS School of Business and Law; UDS School of Medicine and Health Sciences; UDS Graduate School; and the Institute for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ICEIR).
This year, a total of 6,527 graduates from all four campuses of the UDS –Wa, Navrongo, Nyankpala and Tamale– graduated. 2,631 graduates were awarded postgraduate and undergraduate degrees as well as diploma certificates. However, about 3,896 graduates of the total 6,527 graduates came from the Wa Campus alone.
Prof. Yakubu also revealed that the UDS in collaboration with the Galilee International Management Institute, Israel, had launched an International Medical Training Programme to cater for the teeming number of applicants for the University’s medical training programme, from both within and outside Ghana.
The programme, he said, aimed at training the much needed doctors and other medical personnel for Ghana, Africa and the international community.
Prof. Yakubu, however, gave the assurance that the programme was not meant to take over the regular training of medical doctors by the UDS School of Medicine and Health Sciences, but rather meant to be a useful complement, with an international dimension and patronage.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education, a Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Education, Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa commended the University Authorities for the quality human resources they churn out to help boost the workforce of the country.
He also indicated that, adequate resources have been made available to ensure that all sectors of the education are well catered for as soon as the government introduces the free but progressive senior high school in 2015/2016.
Established in May 1992 by the Government of Ghana, the UDS exist to blend the academic world with that of the community in order to provide constructive interaction between the two for the total development of Northern Ghana, in particular, and the country as a whole.
It began academic work in September 1993 with the admission of thirty-nine (39) students into the Faculty of Agriculture, (FOA), Nyankpala campus. The Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, (FIDS), Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM) and Faculty of Education (FOE), Wa, School of Business, Wa, School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Tamale, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources (FRNR), Nyankpala, Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS), Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (FMS), Navrongo and the Graduate School now in Tamale were phased in from 1994 to date.
UDS is unique compared to other public universities considering its location and multi campuses which are spread out in rural Northern Ghana where the incidence and depth of poverty is high. The UDS has four (4) campuses, seven (7) Faculties, a Business School, one Medical School, one Graduate School and three (3) centres. Several programs are run at these places.