The University of Science and Technology, has on Tuesday, February 9 2021 held a virtual Matriculation to induct fresh students of the 2020/2021 academic year into the University. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Rita Dickson formally inducted fresh students as junior members in statu populari of the University.
Acknowledging the flamboyance of an in-person matriculation ceremony in previous years, the Vice-Chancellor reiterated the instance of the covid-19 pandemic and the need to keep everyone safe. “Changing times call for new and pragmatic measures that keep us all continuously safe.”
The Vice Chancellor also highlighted that the University received a total of 68,209 undergraduate and postgraduate applications for the 2020/2021 academic year. Out of skyrocketing applications received, 54,009 of them qualified for admission of which 28,479 undergraduate and postgraduate students have been registered so far by the University. She further pointed that, the 28,479 students admitted so far are made of 17,438 males representing 61% and 11, 041 females representing 39%.
The Vice chancellor also noted that significant strides have been made with KNUST’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) agenda which encourage more females to venture into such programmes. Celebrating the successes in that stead, Professor Rita Dickson remarked that the STEM programme has seen 11.23% female intake in this year’s admission.
The Vice Chancellor bemoaned the attitude of some students who are rather displaying the nose masks as a ‘nose chin’. She re-echoed that the only means of keeping safe and our loved ones safe is by strict adherence to the safety protocols citing measures outlined by the University to keep students safe, healthy in order to go through the academic year successfully.
“The university has the safety and your wellbeing at heart and has therefore put in place measures and systems to ensure students safety and compliance at all times. These include establishment of covid-19 management team, appointment of covid-19 focal persons in the colleges, faculties and departments, the appointment of covid-19 ambassadors amongst students and student leadership, provision of PPE; nose masks, veronica buckets across the University and the provision of isolation spaces and prompt testing by the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR), KNUST.”
While bringing her speech to an end, the Vice-Chancellor urged fresh students to acquaint themselves with the core values of the University and also do their part to maintain the serene environment that have been created and maintained at a great cost.