KAAF University Holds 5th Congregation Ceremony- Rector Vows To Help Reduce Graduate Unemployment

The KAAF University College (KUC) at Gomoa Fetteh Kakraba in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region, over the weekend held its fifth Congregation ceremony that saw 186 students graduated from various disciplines.

The ceremony was on the theme “Enhancing Graduate Employment Through Quality Tertiary Education; the Role of Private Universities in Ghana."

It was held for students pursuing Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in various discipline including Civil and Geomatic Engineering, Construction Technology, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Banking and Finance, Entrepreneurship and Insurance who graduated with degrees of classes.

Speaking at the ceremony, Rector of KAAF University College, Dr. Frederick Yaw Addo-Abedi said the school has already initiated plans to expand on its programs to enhance quality and diversity in education and also increase enrolments of students into the school.

According to him, KAAF university's primary aim is to turn out confident, well-rounded employable graduates capable of being catalysts for socio-economic development by providing students with academically sound but practically oriented tuition.

He stated that, "as we turn out graduates year after year, we cannot be oblivious of the growing problem of graduate unemployment . We at KAAF University College seek to contribute to reducing this problem by producing industry- ready graduates through practically-oriented tuition."

KAAF University, the Rector assured, would continue to run entrepreneurial programs for all students who enrolled in the school to help provide them with the needed skills for self employment, stating, the University has temerity to reduce graduate unemployment and would, "nonetheless call for national debate on finding ways to reduce graduate unemployment as a way of harnessing the human potential embedded in the graduates for development."

He added that the University, would also continue to strike in its effort in quality teaching and research as it recruit more highly qualified and experienced academics and professional to join the various department.

In additionally, he said law and some business courses are being run at its City campus within the premises of Premier Tower in Accra, with the primary aim of fulfilling its vision, "to fill the vacuum with the provision of quality tertiary education to produce competent and confident graduates.

Dr Addo-Abedi disclosed that, the university would pursue growth in many areas including students enrolment, staffing, research , human resources development and infrastructure development, despite the myriad of challenges bedevilling the institution in terms of infrastructure.

He however,urged the graduands to be determined and persevere in the face of challenges that most University graduates encounter after their exit from universities, adding that they must apply the knowledge acquired during their stay in KAAF University practically to life.

"It is our hope that you will be agents of positive change in your communities . Cultivate a noble character and fiercely guard your integrity which together with your acquired knowledge and skills , hard work and discipline can bring you worthy opportunities, " he charged the graduands..

Dr Esther Oduraa Ofei-Aboagye, Deputy Chairperson of National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), who was Congregation speaker, said the current job market requires extra research, creativity and innovation in addition to the higher educational knowledge, to make a difference and ensure change.

She said it is therefore critical that private universities like KAAF, should be flexible and quick to response to the trends in their market if they are to attract more students, adding that, " flexibility and creativity are those factors that can prepare graduates for the employment market , particularly self-employment."

According to the NDPC Deputy Chairperson, to solve the job situation, private tertiary institutions should be able to influence policy with evidence-base commentaries on national issues, stating, that could be rectified by requiring the teaching staff to research and publish more rigorously and visibility through public events and interventions.

She however commended KAAF University for the range of partnership it has formed with public sector institutions and industries , particularly its philosophy of seeking to change society through it teaching, research and promotion of exchange of ideas , providing quality and cut-edging academic and professional training since its establishment.

Ghana, she noted needed institutions like KAAF University, where the business of creating the human capital to meets the country needs of human resources, due to its willingness to strike out into the unknown with cutting edge, problem solving , action oriented teaching , research and intellectual exchange.

With the proliferation of courses in tertiary education, Dr Ofei-Aboagye said, it was important that KAAF do not lose sight of quality, stating, " quality tertiary education has to meet international standard of excellence , while being responsive to national development
She therefore charged KAAF University to ensure quality of academic services offer to influence the job market so that when an employer hires a product from the University they should be assured of what they are getting.

While congratulating the graduands for proven themselves to merits the awards of degree, the NDPC Deputy urged them to develop positive attitudes towards entrepreneurship and never lose the culture of hard work, perseverance as well as not be afraid to stand for what is right and maintain a services orientation, love for country and market demands.

She noted that KAAF University, has carved a reputation for being innovative in its attempt to make the difference in the private tertiary institution and graduates with discipline and hard work could get jobs or be in position to become self employed with the knowledge and skills acquired.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST), the Institution to which KAAF is affiliated, Rev. Professor Charles Ansah , said the theme is coming at time when the world was fighting for quality education and employable skills among graduates.

He however expressed confident that, KAAF University with the level of achievement chalked within the few years of establishment, it would meet the quality of education and employable skills for the wellbeing of humanity.

He congratulated the institution for taken such a bold step to train professional engineers and Business administrators for the job market and assured that, KNUST would continue to offer its academic and advisory support to make the institution a world class private one among its peers in the country.

In attendants were former President, Jerry John Rawlings, Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, Chairman of the Governing Council of KAAF University, Mr Michael Aidoo, Funder of KAAF University, Dr Dennis Mike Obeng, Strategic Advisor to KAAF, and other members of the Governing Council

Awards were also presented to graduands who excelled in their chosen fields of study. Frank Asamoah Awuah, a Civil Engineering was adjudged the overall best student.

The university was founded by Mr Michael Aidoo, an Engineer and started on a small scale between 2007/2008 with 14 students when it was given institutional accreditation. In 2010, after receiving its programmes accreditation, it soared.
Over the past five years, the university has grown in leaps and bounds and today it has over 600 students and hopes to increase its intake to 1000 students.

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