University of Energy to hold first maiden matriculation

All is set for the maiden matriculation and investiture of the newly established University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) at its main campus at Fiapre, near Sunyani November this month.

A total of 150 pioneer students made up of 24 females and 126 males out of the 308 students, who applied to pursue Bachelor of Science Programmes on Renewable Energy Engineering, Forest Resource Management and Wildlife and Range Management degrees are expected to be matriculated.

President John Dramani Mahama will be the Guest of Honour with Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, the clergy, Muslim leaders and the academia in attendance.

The UENR was established by the late President John Evans Atta Mills following the passage of Act 830 of 2011, to promote the development of human resources and skills required to solve critical energy and natural resource challenges in the country.

It is proposed to be made up of six schools comprising the schools of Natural Resources, Engineering Sciences, Agriculture and Technology as well as Geosciences and Graduate Studies.

A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the University’s campus revealed that works were steadily progressing for the momentous ceremony.

The university authorities have renovated and painted lecture halls, the administrative block and other staff accommodations with on-going construction works at the main entrance.

Mr Andrews Kwasi Boateng, Registrar of the University told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the other programmes would be rolled out systematically in future, with the introduction of electrical and mechanical engineering, mathematics, computer science and environmental studies next academic year.

He said student accommodation was not a problem as the university had 660-bed-capacity hostel for the first batch of students.

Mr Boateng said 24 lecturers had so far been employed by the university and would soon establish satellite campuses at Nsoatre and Dormaa-Ahenkro, all in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

Source: GNA

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