On Saturday April 2, 2011, Regent University College held its 4th graduation ceremony at the City campus. About 451 students graduated; 433 undergraduate students and 18 postgraduate students. Seventeen of the first batch of the Regent –Maastricht MBA programme graduated at this ceremony.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the University Council, Prof. N. N. Nsowah-Nuamah, touched on the need for good and accountable leadership on all levels of society.
The President & CEO, Professor E. Kingsley Larbi, said that as an institution, we have set for ourselves a goal of becoming a world-class university within the next ten years. This calls for hard work and massive mobilization of human, material, and financial resources, among other things.
He said that the university, to achieve its objective, recruited six top level, experienced faculty, all with doctorate degrees in the past academic year. A Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Management has been recruited to ensure that Regent University maintains high international academic standards. He also stated that the University’s staff strength has grown consistently over the years with current statistics being 200 full time staff, of which about 80 of the number are full time academic staff.
He also added that Management has impressed upon staff the need to publish or perish. For this reason faculty members are making strenuous efforts to publish. In the past academic year, some lecturers got published in international journals.
Finally he said that an effort toward the construction of the purpose-built campus is on course and Management is working on securing funds to build the State-of-the –Art campus.
Prof. Larbi made appeal to Government to establish a special bank that will focus on soft and concessionary loans to educational institutions and needy qualified students. He was grateful to the graduands for choosing Regent University. He however advised them that they were going to a world that is bleeding because of injustice, disease, environmental degradation and many other challenges. He admonished them to live with unbounded optimism even in the face of the challenges; and believe that with hard work, discipline, perseverance, and courage, they can contribute towards creating a better world.
In a speech read on behalf of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Her Ladyship Justice Mrs. Theodora Wood, by His Lordship Justice Julius Ansah, a Supreme Court Judge, the Chief Justice expressed her joy for the invitation to celebrate Regent-Ghana’s 4th graduation ceremony. She recounted her first visit to Regent –Ghana during the 1st graduation ceremony when the then President, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, was the Guest Speaker. She commended Regent University for making such good progress, “I have been following your progress and I am elated by your recent third position on the webometrics ranking of universities in Ghana”. She however encouraged Regent University to ensure that this enviable position is kept and even improved upon it.
She bemoaned the leadership situation in Africa which has consequently led to many of its citizens being poor. “A strong economy is an important indicator of good governance. This may not always be the case, though but a stable and peaceful political environment is not an achievement if the bulk of the citizens cannot afford a decent meal a day. Good leadership should necessarily work assiduously to improve the economic well being of the citizens’, the Chief Justice said.
She ended her speech with the following pieces of advice for the graduands: