The University for Development Studies (UDS) has held a matriculation ceremony for students who gained admission into the University for 2020/2021 Academic Year.
The ceremony had only admitted graduate students physically present; undergraduate students were made to join the ceremony virtually.
According to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, over 16,000 undergraduate students were offered admission.
However, only 5,518 had accepted the offer as of the time of the ceremony.
He explained that many rejected their admission because they were not offered their preferred programme.
He also disclosed that just about 365 successful postgraduate applicants out of 512 accepted to study in the university.
“16,763 students were offered admission. However, only 5,518 reported just because a majority wanted to do the same courses which have restrictions on them. For the post-graduate program, the University offered 512 but as of yesterday, we have 365 accepting the offer,” he disclosed.
Prof. Ayum also mentioned that UDS was creating additional campuses to enhance academic activities.
“…the University is currently undergoing some changes. In order to maintain our 4 campus structure, we are creating two new campuses, one here at Tamale and one in Yendi. Very soon we will move some of the faculties and students to these new campuses,” Prof. Ayum said.
He further advised students to desist from engaging in activities that are prohibited in the school.
“Occultism and other anti-social and non-confirming practices are totally outlawed in the university. Any student found to be engaged in any form of occultism shall face the full rigors of the law. You will be dismissed. Make your studies your number one priority. I urge you to avoid vices such as stealing, forgery and examination practices. These have dire consequences on your life and you must do well to avoid them. You must always find legitimate and rational ways to express your feelings. I urge all of you not to embark on vandalism which consequences will be dire. When I talk of vandalism, I’m talking about fighting…”
Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye also warned students against religious leaders who lure students into giving out their money and other vital stuff in the name of seed sowing.
“Beware of some pastors who will drain you of all your resources such as money, mobile phone, laptop, etc. in the name of seed sowing I have credible information that especially you the undergraduate students go to the pastors and they lure you into giving out your laptop as seed sowing if you want to succeed. Something that your parents have struggled to give you. Some of you have given your hostel fees to those Pastors and you are perching with your colleagues. Be very careful,” he said.