The Level 100 students were welcomed to the Regent Community on Monday, 8thOctober, 2012. A week-long orientation programme was organised to introduce them to the University. The first session which kicked off in the evening, saw a cross section of university leaders, faculty and staff taking turns to welcome incoming students
, sharing crucial information about the university, as well as offering advice on how they could make the most out of their time at Regent.
The Senior Vice President, Mr. Albert Amonoo, on behalf of the Management and staff of the University, formally welcomed all freshers to Regent-Ghana. He went on to educate students on the University’s organizational structure, throwing light on the various roles played by the University Council, the highest governing body of the University; the Academic Board and other organs of the university.
The Senior Vice President took time to explain the functions of the Library, Management, Finance, Development and Disciplinary committees, which he said were all integral parts of the university governance system. Additionally, he enlightened the freshers in the roles played by the Deans and Academic HODs and course lecturers and also highlighted how the five Societies (Ubuntu, Nkrumah, Anim, McKeown and Stott) served as the bedrock of students' social life.
He said the Students' Parliament is Regent-Ghana's counterpart of the SRC that exist in other tertiary institutions. The Senior Vice President, using the foregoing structures in the University illustrated the shared governance system in vogue in the institution.
The newly-appointed Educational Support Services Director, Mr. Yaw Boadi, introduced incoming students to the Regent Industrial Placement Experience (RIPE). He informed students present, about the benefits of RIPE, noting that it provides students the opportunity to integrate relative practical experience with theory, thereby getting students ‘ripe’ for the job market.
He urged all newly-admitted students to take full advantage of the Programme, adding that it is a requirement for the award of the Bachelor Degree.
Telling the first years about the need to “develop a probing and critical mind” and the role of education in sharpening one’s God-given potential, the acting Head of the Centre for Academic Writing, Mr. Ben Zogbator, urged students, to read ahead and beyond what they were taught, in order to make the most out of their university education.
Other university officials present during the first day of orientation included the Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Dr. Faah, the Head of Engineering Department, Dr. Amissah, Patrick Tetteh, Head of Admissions and Mrs. Gbandah-Mitta, Head of the International Students’ Office.
During the course of the week, a series of other activities were held, which were aimed at helping students integrate into the University College with ease. During an inter-campus tour, organised primarily to enable students familiarize themselves with Regent-Ghana’s satellite campuses, students were introduced to the wide range of resources available to enable them equip themselves socially, spiritually and academically.
Students were taken through the key functionalities of the Eduportal, an electronic platform that enables all academic and administrative issues involving admissions, payment of fees, access to student information, among other things, to be handled electronically.
Students were also provided information about the modalities for the payment of fees, as well as the flexible fee payment structures, geared towards increasing the convenience of studying at Regent-Ghana. In addition to this, students were introduced to the newly-elected executives of the Regent Ghana Students’ Parliament, the governing body of the Regent Ghana Students’ Union. (Equivalent to the Students’ Representative Council in other universities).
The last orientation event which took place on Saturday, 7th October 2012, saw students taking part in a highly motivational Personal Development Conference.
The Orientation week provided numerous opportunities for the beginning of friendships between students, helped instill a sense of belonging in the community, and prepared students to engage in the intellectual fibre at Regent.