The Regent community was honoured to have the Minister in Charge of Tertiary Education (Government of Ghana), Honourable Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa, in attendance at the University’s 8th Graduation Ceremony.
During the ceremony,he shared brief remarks on a range of issues including: the impact of private universities in Ghana, the changing landscape of the education sector, the importance of research, to mention but a few.
He led the community in observing a minute’s silence in memory of the people who lost their lives during the flood and fire disasters that occurred in Accra on the 3rd of June 2015. Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa said that as the nation searches for solutions to developmental issues, it was important that every person/stakeholder played his or her unique role.
Touching on the the Education sector in Ghana; the Deputy Minister stated that Ghana currently had over 60 private Universities, with a combined student population of about 67,300. He applauded the efforts of private investors in the Education sector, acknowledging the tremendous contribution they played in national development.
Furthermore, he assured the Regent community and the general public that a meeting would be convened between Founders of Private Universities in Ghana and the Government of Ghana before the end of the year. It is hoped that this meeting would to a great extent help in creating a conducive environment for private Higher Education providers to play an even greater role in equipping the nation and African continent’s human capital.
Describing Regent University as an "institution in motion”, the Deputy Minister commended the institution for the consistent progress it had chalked over the years. He also commended the President and Founder of Regent-Ghana, Prof. E.K. Larbi, for his visionary leadership, as well as promoting academic research among faculty of the institution.
He ended his remarks by encouraging graduands to make a difference in the continent of Africa: “You can make this continent what it ought to be”, he said.