Ghana is to set up an ultra-modern Hospitality and Tourism University to develop her human resource to meet the global standards for the hospitality industry.
Mr Tetteh Nettey, President of the Meridian pre-University College, made this known to the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines at a consecrated groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, to officially commence the first phase of construction work of the Odorkor-Mallam Highway in Accra.
He said the yet-to-be-built Marshalls University College Complex will empower individuals and organizations with applied research, professional skills and management education necessary for exceptional performance in the industry across the world.
Mr Nettey said, “We will achieve the above through fostering a school culture based on innovation, strong service, and qualified dedicated people, as well as the establishment of very strong links with industry and ensure that students are groomed in line with contemporary trends within their field of study”.
He said Marshalls University College will also offer courses in Business Management and Administration, Hospitality and Tourism, and Modern Languages among others.
“It will have a Faculty of world class lecturers with global experience, who will have the welfare of students at heart.
“The root of all we do is an innate desire to ensure that all of our educational programs, our research and other professional activity continue to address the opportunities, wants and needs of the industries we serve,” Mr Nettey who is also the Acting President of the Marshalls University stated.
He said the University will establish links with professional associations, hotels, food service and tourism organizations not only in Ghana but across the world.
In his remarks about the vision of the proposed Marshalls University, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo of the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), London, who performed the consecration, challenged the initiators of the idea to ensure that the University pursued nothing less than excellence.
They should ensure that the quality of graduates was evident in their character, which would enable them to make a difference in Ghana, Africa and the world as a whole.
Pastor Ashimolowo said, “You should educate students who will think and act as change agents to Africa and the world, change the standard for tertiary education in Ghana, and make students the focus of whatever is done”.
Meanwhile the first phase of the construction project comprising the basement, ground floor, first and second floors are scheduled for completion in September for the first student intake in October this year.
Efforts at obtaining accreditation for the University are also in progress.