UEW Distance Programme produces more women graduates than men
The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has produced more women graduates this year than men in its distance education programme.
A total of 11,038 students graduated out of which 6,233 (56.48 per cent) were women and 4,803 (43.52 per cent) were men. A total 1,466 were awarded Diplomas, while 9,570 received Bachelor of Education Degrees.
Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, Vice Chancellor, speaking at the 17th Congregation of the University in Winneba over the weekend announced that the University had begun graduating its products in two batches.
Regular and sandwich students to be graduated in October/November while students of the School of Research and Graduate Studies and the Institute of Educational Development and Extension would be graduated in March/April.
He said the first batch of their graduating students for the 17th Congregation graduated in November 2012; adding that the first session of the second batch graduated on April 6, while this ceremony was for the second session.
He explained that this arrangement was intended to reduce the time students who complete their programmes had to wait before graduating and it would also reduce the pressure on the University in graduating large numbers of students in a single ceremony in an academic year.
Prof Asabere-Ameyaw stated that a total of 129 graduate students were awarded with post-graduate degrees of which 77 (59.7 per cent) were males and 52 (40.3 per cent) were females.
He said 14 students were awarded with Post-Graduate Diplomas, 115 Masters Degrees and one PhD Degree.
He said the University had continued to invest in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It has set up an ICT Improvement Committee to augment the work of the ICT Department.
He noted that all the University’s campuses had being connected to the University-wide network with access to the internet; declaring that 20 Distance Education Centres of the University had also being connected.
The Vice Chancellor said through the partnership for Higher Education in Africa Educational Technologies Initiatives programme at the University, they had installed and configured module as their institution-wide Learning/Course Management System.
He said 42 approved module courses were now running, with many more being developed.
He said the University had established an Educational Technology Unit as part of the Externally Funded Projects Office and appointed a Coordinator for it.
Prof Asabere-Ameyaw said the UEW has completed the construction of three hostel facilities one each on the Kumasi, Mampong and Winneba Campuses, adding that two more faculty buildings had being completed at the Kumasi and Winneba campuses.
He appealed to Government to step up its financial support to the University to enable it effectively carry out its mandate.