The Academic Board of the University for Development Studies, UDS, has reduced the intake of students admitted for the 2016/17 academic year to pursue Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
The reduction is necessitated by a change in duration of the said programs from seven to six years.
As a result, the yearly intake of students into the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Program which consistently hovered around hundred students has seen a significant decline.
Explaining the rationale for the sudden change, the Vice Chancellor for the UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye said the decision taken by the school’s governing body is to enable the School of Medicine and Health Sciences run a conventional medical program as pertained in other medical schools in Ghana and other developed countries.
Prof. Ayum-Teye was addressing matriculants at the 24th matriculation ceremony of the UDS Navrongo campus.
Radio Ghana’s Isaac Asare reports that, in line with the requirements set out by the National Accreditation Board, a total of six thousand, 897 applicants gained admission to pursue various graduate and undergraduate degree and diploma programs for this year.
This is out of ten thousand, 447 applications received when the university advertised for qualified applications to apply for admission in the first week of January, 2016.
The Navrongo campus of the school was able to honour admission to only 344 students to undertake degree programs at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Faculty of Mathematical Sciences.
Administering the oath to formally usher in freshmen and women, the Vice Chancellor of the UDS, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye congratulated the matriculants for sailing through the admission process considering the cumbersome nature of the online registration introduced this year.
He urged the freshers’ to concentrate on their studies and set their priorities right because there is no better time to plan their future than now.
Prof. Ayum Teye further advised the students not to associate themselves with occultism and unregistered student groups apart from legitimate students’ clubs and associations duly acknowledged by the office of the Dean of Students Affairs.
Touching on the prospects of the school, Prof Ayum Teye said in a bid to roll out and expand the program menu of the university, the school of Engineering established at the Nyankpala campus last year has ensured the admission of the first batch of students for the 2016/17 academic year to pursue degree programs in Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering.
Moreover, the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resource has been rebranded and renamed Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment.
He said the faculty will now have six academic departments to run various degree programs when its proposal given by the Executive Committee of the Academic Board is accorded the necessary accreditation.
Prof Ayum Teye also announced plans by university to provide clinics on all campuses with the exception of the Tamale Campus, where management is tirelessly working to put up one. Additionally, the construction of the Ghana Universities Super-annuation Scheme hostel on the Tamale campus is almost complete and students have already been allocated rooms.
The edifice which is expected to accommodate over 690 students upon completion, comes with an ultra-modern facilities such as pharmacy, shopping mall and laundry among others.
The effort, he said, forms part of the modest gains geared towards improving the welfare of students on the campuses of the UDS.
The 24th matriculation ceremony was attended by deans and directors of the UDS among other key dignitaries.