President and CEO of Regent-Ghana, Rev. Prof. E. K. Larbi, Vice Presidents, Deans, Heads of Department, Members of the Students’ Parliament, invited guests, fellow students; it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to participate in the matriculation of newly-admitted students into the Regent community. The Regent University College of Science and Technology Students’ Union says Akwaaba, and may God protect and give you the wisdom you need in the pursuit of knowledge.
Regent University College of Science and Technology, under the able leadership of Rev. Prof. Larbi and his competent team of administrators, is rated among the best universities in Ghana. We are proud of this achievement which stems from the cordial relations between the student body and the university administration. But as the saying goes, “to whom much is given, much is equally required.” The Students’ Union is glad to have you with us today. We are assured that with one accord, we will do our best to sustain this achievement and even improve on it.
The decision to pursue an academic degree is an excellent one to make. But it always comes with other crucial considerations. As a student, you will be confronted with issues like the payment of fees, feeding, transportation and other social commitments which can at times be challenging and very distracting. But with God all things are possible. I hope you will be able to overcome these challenges and come out with flying colours. To maintain the good name that has been earned by Regent-Ghana over the years, the institution has come up with rules and regulations which must be recognised and respected by all students. For instance, regulations concerning our dress-code, the fee payment procedure, attendance and other directives must be observed by every student.
In pursuance of our common cause within the confines of the Regent-Ghana constitution, I challenge Regent citizens to work to create a truly independent, open and egalitarian society in which every citizen will be empowered to make meaningful contributions to the development of this university and the nation as a whole. On the other hand, access to teaching and learning materials as well as a secure learning environment must continue to be the prime focus of the university administration.
In line with the problem of university graduate unemployment, l will like to associate myself with Thomas Merton that “we can only help one another to find out the meaning of life, no doubt. But in the (final) analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for “finding himself.” Others can give you a name or a number, but they can never tell you who you really are. That is something you yourself can only discover from within.”
This piece of wisdom entreats each and everyone of us to be more creative in terms of self-development while in school, so that we will be able to help in eradicating the problem of unemployment out there.