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Section 1: Institutional Background


1.0 Introduction

Regent University College of Science and Technology (Regent-Ghana) has uniquely defined its domain of advancing science, engineering and technology education to meet the growing industry needs. Its programmes are distinctively developed with the aim of producing the technological human resource capacity for the nation and beyond. The University prepares graduates who have the proficiency to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, the capacity for insightful understanding of prevailing economic issues and technological problems.

The institution’s graduate output, stretching over 2900 graduates since its inception in 2005, are found mostly in technology and engineering related functional positions in different sectors of the economy.

The 2014/2015 academic year ended with the full relocation of the institution’s operation from its four (4) satellite campuses to a central location of its ultra-modern all-purpose campus being constructed at McCarthy campus.

Over the years, Regent-Ghana has been committed to achieving high academic standards and compliance with all regulatory requirements. Every programme has consistently had re-accreditation and currently, all the active programmes have been fully re-accredited.

The university college is highly optimistic to start its proposed postgraduate programmes: the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and the MBA (Regent - EUCLID-University Collaboration) in September 2015. This is in  addition to the current Regent-Maastricht MBA (a joint AMBA accredited programme between Regent University College of Science and Technology and Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands).

 

1.2 Vision

Regent University aspires to become a cutting-edge, world-class, Christian University, committed to raising highly-skilful, visionary, ethical, and God fearing leaders, to function as change-agents.

The university’s vision includes establishing and maintaining a leading and fine institution of global standards. The University therefore invests in its students, faculty and support staff to achieve this objective.

Christian ethical values are advanced at Regent-Ghana to motivate and fully prepare students to be effective leaders of socio-economic development in the global community.

 

1.3 Mission

We exist as a Christian University dedicated to raising highly-skilful, visionary, God-fearing, ethical, and passionate leaders, to function as change-agents.

 

1.4 Our Commitment

As Ghana (and for that matter, Africa) searches for answers for her developmental challenges, all stakeholders have a duty to make significant contributions to making Africa gain a 21st century push in its social dream and economic development. In this regard, the higher education sector will have to be the nation’s pacesetter in innovation, and a major player in capacity building. Regent University College of Science and Technology is thus playing its part by preparing graduates who will rise to Africa’s scientific and developmental challenges of the 21st century.

 

 

1.5 Affiliations

a. Local Affiliations

Locally, Regent-Ghana is affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi for the certification of the business and the engineering programmes. Its theological programmes are certified by Trinity Theological Seminary at Legon, Accra. The University of Education, Winneba certifies its Human Development and Psychology programmes (undergraduate).

 

b. International Affiliations

Regent-Ghana’s international partners include Maastricht School of Management, (Maastricht, the Netherlands); Lulea University of Technology (Sweden); University of Applied Sciences, Umwelt Campus, (Birkenfeld, Germany) and Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada).

 

1.6 Governance

The University Council is the highest decision making body of the University. It is responsible for providing strategic direction for the management team of the University, bearing in mind the University’s mission/vision. Authority in purely academic matters lies with the Senate (Senatus Academicus).

 

1.6.1 Inauguration of New University Council/Board Members

The current stage of the University’s development has necessitated the creation of a newly constituted Council. During the 2014/2015 academic year, a newly constituted University Council was inaugurated on January 9, 2015, at a ceremony held in the Multi-purpose hall of the City Campus. In attendance were lecturers, senior administrative staff, heads of departments, a cross section of students, dignitaries, media personnel, as well as friends of the University.

Among the many successes chalked during the tenureship of the past council members are the mounting of the country’s first ever postgraduate degree programme in computer science, Regent’s consistency in the top 10 rankings of Universities in Ghana by webometrics since 2011, and the hitherto only AMBA-accredited MBA programme in Ghana offered by Regent.

 

Newly-Inaugurated Council

The seventeen (17) members of the newly constituted Council comprise distinguished personalities drawn from academia, religion, government, chieftaincy and industry.

Representing the Chief Justice, Justice Joseph Bawa Akamba, a Supreme Court Judge, administered the oath as part of the induction process for the new council members. Delivering an acceptance statement on behalf of the new council, Prof. K.K. Adarkwa expressed appreciation to the University and management for the opportunity to be of service to the University. The distinguished Professor assured the University community that Council would liaise with the various stakeholders in the university community to ensure that their concerns are incorporated into the decision making process of the council.

Statutory Committees and Boards of the Council and Senate are as follow:

  • Statutory Committees of the Academic Board
    • Executive Committee
    • Management Committee
    • Academic Planning Committee
    • Disciplinary Committee (Senior Members)
    • Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.) Committee
    • Joint Admissions Committee
    • Library Committee
    • Publications Board
    • Time-Table Committee
    • Boards of Graduate Studies and Research

 

  • Statutory Committees of Council;
    • Finance Committee
    • Project Committee
    • Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness Committee
    • Appointment and Promotions Board

 

  • Committees of the Administrative and Support Services Board
    • Campus Security and Safety Committee
    • Chaplaincy Committee
    • University Health Services Committee

 

In line with this, the Institution has outlined strategic plans to introduce additional Engineering, Science and Technology-related programmes at the undergraduate levels, for example Petro-chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Mobile Computing.

Plans to mount the first ever Doctor of Business Administration programme in the country, starting from September 2015 have gone past the MOU between Regent and Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.  Another joint MBA program would be run by Regent University College of Science and Technology and Euclid University  (an intergovernmental institution of higher learning established under public international law, with the headquarters in The Gambia), starting from September 2015. Continuous efforts towards recruiting more world-class academic staff to support these programmes are also being made.  

 

1.7 Schools and Faculties

Regent University College is commited, not only to running essential programmes of study, but also ensuring that well-qualified graduates churned out each year, have competencies for contributing to the socio-economic development of nations. Regent-Ghana is among the few university colleges in Ghana, at the private level, that has committed itself to addressing the shortage of science, engineering and technology education in Ghana and the rest of Africa.

Currently, the university is organized along three main schools, namely, School of Informatics, Engineering and Technology, School of Business and Leadership, and Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Each of these schools undertakes both graduate and postgraduate programmes. Generally, the programmes of study fall under Engineering, Science, Technology, Business, Theology, and Human Development and Psychology. Currently, there are seventeen (17) interdisciplinary programmes that are run across the schools.

 

i.        Regent School of Informatics, Engineering and Technology

The School of Informatics, Engineering and Technology (SIET) is established within the university as a pace-setter in providing high quality and integrated ICT-based university education, having in mind the developmental and technological needs of the African continent. Regent sees the study of the structure, behaviour, and the interactions of both natural and artificial computational systems as a discipline critical to the future development of science, technology and society. In our fast-moving-technology-oriented world, the discipline of computer science in its various facets, is affecting every aspect of human endeavour.  To reflect the ever-changing nature of computer science and its close interaction with other disciplines, the curriculum of the SIET has taken into consideration broad range of programmes and disciplines.

Programmes offered include:

 

A.  Department of Informatics

a.      BSc. Computer Science

The BSc (Hons) Computer Science programme provides students with a set of practical skills, which are built on a sound understanding of the principles and theories of computer science. The programme covers hardware (the behaviour and interaction of the electronic components from which computers are constructed), software and methodologies used in the analysis and design processes for computer systems). Students can specialise in areas like Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, and Internet Computing, depending upon the students’ interests and career goals.

 

b.      BSc. Information System Sciences

The BSc (Hons) Information Systems Sciences is designed primarily to meet the needs of professionals and practitioners in the ICT industry with practical knowledge in information technology and its allied fields. Whereas the Computer Science programme is geared towards those who are mathematically inclined with strong academic interests, the Information Systems Sciences programme is tilted towards those with strong professional and practical interests.

This programme is particularly useful for those who want to gain the technical knowledge to use and apply computer technologies in industry, the skills to design and manage innovative information systems, expertise in high demand areas of the computing industry, such as e-Commerce and information security.

Our graduates in this programme are found in wide spectrum of scientific careers, particularly those that involve telecommunication, networking, geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing experts, web management, systems administration, information management and security, and the technical and organizational skills to convert that data into useful information.

 

c.       BSc. Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology (IT) programme prepares students to be leaders in any environment that involves the application of digital technologies in learning, including basic schools, adult training and development in business and industry, public/non-profit training, higher education, and life-long learning. As information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transforming the ways people create, disseminate, and apply knowledge, there is the need for educators to de-emphasize the practice of imparting static information and ideas to learners, and instead, develop and deploy purposeful and interactive learning experiences with the aid of these technologies, for the overall advancement of knowledge. 

The Regent Instructional Technology Programme therefore prepares students to work with media and computer information systems to analyse, design, develop, implement and evaluate instruction in different learning contexts. Graduates of this programme will therefore be able to design and produce pedagogically sound e-learning interventions, including multimedia CD/DVD-ROMs and web-based or online learning platforms, based on current theory and research in educational technology.

 

B.  Department of Engineering

d.      B.Eng Applied Electronics and Systems Engineering with options in:

  • Telecommunications Engineering

Telecommunications engineering covers various areas ranging from basic circuit designing to strategic mass developments. The work of the telecommunications engineer, among other things, spans the design and oversight of installation of telecommunications equipment and facilities such as complex Electronic Switching Systems, to Copper Telephone facilities and Fiber Optics. The concentration of this programme will be of interest to those who are academically oriented as well as those with professional goals such as employment with business entities, industrial or governmental agencies, requiring advanced knowledge in telecommunications, network theory and technology. 

  • Instrumentation Engineering

Instrumentation engineering is a specialized branch of electrical and electronic engineering which focuses on the principle and operation of measuring instruments, which are used in the design and configuration of automated systems. The programME aims at preparing engineers for industries with automated processes, such as chemical or manufacturing plants, with the goal of improving system productivity, reliability, safety, optimization and stability.

  • Computer Engineering

There is a dearth of qualified engineers in Africa who can confidently man the existing Computer Systems. Most of the engineers end up with no systematic training in maintaining these systems, nor modifying capability of the systems, when called upon to do so. The intricacies related to sophisticated systems are not properly understood and exploited. Hence this 4 year degree course in Electronics and Computer Engineering is deliberately aimed at meeting these shortfalls.

In the field of Electronics, Nanotechnology, and in Computer Science, both Software and Hardware have made giant strides. The knowledge capital requires a thorough understanding of these new techniques and novel concepts. The 21st century engineer should be able to grasp these techniques and master these concepts. 

  • Power Engineering

Plans are far advanced to mount the Power Engineering option in the Engineering Department.

Power engineering, also called power systems engineering, is a subfield of energy engineering that deals with the generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electric power.

Power Engineering Technology is designed to train students to become certified power engineering technologists who can control large, complex power and process systems. This program will offer a high-level course of study that will train students to perform production work in the operation and development of large energy projects such as oil sands, gas plants and electrical generating stations.

 

C.  Department of Mathematics and Statistics

e.       MSc. Statistics

The MSc programme in Statistics aims to provide graduates with knowledge on a broad range of statistical topics and techniques. The programme emphasizes developing one’s ability in solving substantial and realistic statistical problems, communicating the findings effectively and in developing new techniques. The programme is designed to offer students a thorough training in applied statistics and equip them for work as Statisticians in business, consulting firms, education, medicine, government and scientific establishments.

 

ii.      Regent School of Business and Leadership

The School of Business and Leadership (SBL), (formerly the School of Business and Economics) adopts a multi-disciplinary approach in the study of business e.g Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) e-Commerce option, Economics with Computing, and Management with Computing, with the aim of producing highly marketable professionals equipped with information technology skills and the competencies and professional skills required in their chosen fields. Students are enabled, with this special arrangement, to acquire the versatility required to function effectively and successfully in today's ICT-driven business environment and thereby bring creativity and innovation to bear on their jobs. With the vision of raising young leaders to champion the affairs of the business world, Leadership is well positioned in the business programmes curricula and hence the change of the school name to Business and Leadership.

The following are the departments under this School and the programmes they each offer:

 

A. Department of Accounting and Business Studies

a.      BSc. Accounting and Information Systems

The BSc (Hons) Accounting with Information Systems aims at providing students with the knowledge, understanding and skills relating to accounting practices and theory but with an added emphasis on information systems. This programme has been designed to provide extensive practical experience and theoretical knowledge of computer based business systems. Graduates in this programme are equipped with skills that help them to handle the management of information efficiently for the purposes of decision-making and control. The graduate will also be well prepared for various Accounting and Audit assignments.

 

b.      BSc. Banking and Finance

The multidisciplinary nature of the BSc Banking and Finance programme, allows the student to study business with language as an integrated package. This is what makes this degree distinctive: its combination of three related areas of study, namely Economics, Banking, and Finance with a study of French for business. The programme equips students with a broad understanding of Managerial, Financial, and Economic concepts, enabling them to gain an awareness of the current practices and problems implicit in modern-day banking and finance. 

 

c.       BSc. Economics with Computing

This programme will help the student to develop his or her knowledge of how the financial services sector is exploiting information technology for portfolio management or how e-commerce will change the way we do business in the digital economy. The aim of this degree is to train students in Economics with Computer Science and to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to develop future careers in Business, Finance or Government.

 

d.      Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) e-Commerce option

The programme provides a well-rounded business education with specialization in e-commerce. It is designed to help students develop an in-depth understanding of one of the modern business concentrations and learn a broad range of managerial capabilities, problem solving and communication skills. The programme aims at developing students' intellectual ability, executive personality and managerial skills through an appropriate blend of business acumen and education. The programme is to provide a better understanding of the role and nature of business in contemporary society brought about by the rapid changes in technology, resource allocation, structural shifts in the economy, and changes in consumer preferences, global competition, and shifts in the employment market, environmental issues, and media.

 

B.  Department of Management Studies

a.      BSc. Management with Computing

This ICT-driven programme aims to produce graduates equipped with the relevant management and computing skills critical for the modern business environment. The course is meant to provide a cutting-edge training in general management as well as an in-depth training for those who wish to undertake or enhance a career in human resource management and marketing management in the rapidly changing ICT-driven business environment. Graduates are offered the practical management education and enough breadth in complementary academic subjects to prepare them to function effectively in complex organizations, government, industry, e-commerce firms, large or small business, financial institutions, manufacturing, distribution, retailing, the service sector. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit may choose to start their own company.

 

b. Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

MSM and REGENT have agreed to engage in a doctorate teaching/research collaboration agreement.  The doctorate program consists of a program of course work and research, leading to the degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). This joint agreement is to generate knowledge through a focused doctorate program that combines the research interests of MSM and  other Universities and researchers associated with MSM, coupled with  the regional need to educate young talented researchers. This MOU shall come into effect on September 1, 2015.

 

c. Master of Business Administration (joint MBA with Euclid University)

The joint MBA program would be run by Regent University College of Science and and EUCLID (Euclid University,  an intergovernmental institution of higher learning established under public international law (UNTS 49006/49007), with headquarters in The Gambia). RUCST and EUCLID agree to run this joint MBA Program based on the existing EUCLID MBA program, with special interest and sub-specializations in:

  • Sustainable Development and Diplomacy,
  • Energy Studies, and
  • Management of International Business and Organizations.

These specializations not only leverage the contents and methods of EUCLID’s existing graduate programs and curricula, but would also address the dearth of skilled personel the country urgently needs in the affected sectors. The joint MBA program is expected to commence in September 2015.

 

C.  Regent Business Development Centre

The Business Development Center (BDC) which has been topsy turvy for the past five years was invigorated under the leadership of Dr. Appianda Arthur (Director) and Mr. Charles Kwening (Deputy Director). The BDC was assigned the responsibility of raising funds for the construction of an overhead pedestrian foot bridge, the reactivation of the traffic lights right infront of our Multi-purpose campus at McCarthy Hill and to prudently manage the Center to be self-sustainable. Currently, the traffic lights infront of the Multi-purpose campus have been re-activated

As part of its core mandate to meet the University's standard of excellence, the Development Centre was set up to offer innovative instructional programmes, designed to meet current needs in the country. These rigorous, professionally-oriented programmes will cater for all categories of working professionals and students who seek intensive training in a particular field for career advancement, undergraduate and graduate school preparation, professional certification etc. These will be classified as Short-term Courses and Consultancy Services.

Initial discussions with Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) to collaborate with Regent University College in running these courses have been fruitful. Early this year, a sponsorship letter was sent to the Embassy of Korea to discuss possible assistance in the acquisition of Microprocessor Training Kits for the Engineering School.  We are glad to report that the response has also been very positive. In the next few months, the BDC is expected  to commence the running of the short-term courses and tailored consultancy services.

 

iii.    Regent Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), formerly the School of Theology, Ministry, and Human Development (STMHD), is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching and learning and fostering cutting edge research and discovery. FAS was also established to provide high level training to support theological and allied education in the country in view of an increasing interest in formal ministerial training among a cross section of the membership and leadership of the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches today. Overall, the faculty offers demand-led degree, diploma and certificate programmes, and provides a  vibrant intellectual community of students and scholars who are deeply committed to diversity, innovation, discovery and excellence.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences comprises the Department of Psychology and Human Development, Department of Theology and Ministry, Centre for Studies in African Development and Regent Institute of Languages and General Studies. The following are the various Departments under the school and the programmes they offer:

 

A.  Department of Theology and Ministry

  1. Bachelor of Theology and Management
  2. Master of  Divinity (M.Div)
  3. Master of Theology (M.Th)

 

B.  Department of Human Development and Psychology

  1. BSc. Human Development and Psychology

This programme, with its emphasis on development, is designed to provide in-depth study in an area that complements professional preparation for the fields of teaching, social work, leadership, juvenile justice and youth advocacy. The programme is also recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in related areas. 

The programme is rooted in the intellectual traditions of psychology, sociology and anthropology. The theories, research and practices of this multidisciplinary field of inquiry contribute to a greater understanding of human experience in our complex and changing world. The Leadership courses are designed for those who wish to develop specialized skills in leadership, policy and administration. Students prepare for leadership roles in care programs, public and private schools, policy arenas, and professional organizations.