It is observed that the difference between the number of female and male students admitted at the undergraduate level this year is seventy one (71).
His observation was grounded on a gender-based analysis of student enrolment into various degree programmes at the University for the 2016/2017 academic year. In all, a total of 10,551 students have registered as students of the University at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels which showed a total female enrolment of 5,008 as compared to 5,543 males.
At the undergraduate level, 7,611 students have registered, of which 3,770 are females and 3,841 males showing a difference of 71.
At the graduate level as well, 2,940 student have registered which showed a total of female enrolment of 1,238 as compared to 1,702 males.
Speaking at the 2016 matriculation ceremony held over the weekend, Professor Ebenezer Oduro described the statistics as "almost one-to-one" acknowledging that females are breaking the social barriers to catch up with their male counterparts in the quest to gain higher education.
He noted that admission into the University of Ghana continues to be very competitive as the University keep receiving large numbers of applications for admission each year, however, due to limited facilities and human resources, the University is forced to turn down applications of many , otherwise qualified.
As a result, the University was able to offer admission to a total of 24,312 applicants out of 40,435 applications received made up of 20,621 undergraduate and 3,691 graduate students.
Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu entreated newly admitted students as they begin their academic journey at the University to strive for excellence.
This, he said can be achieved by dint of hard work and discipline, and not spending 24 hours a day in the library or spending 12 hours a day in prayer meetings and in all-night sessions.
According to him, at any institution like University of Ghana, students achieve excellence by having the right life balance.
He encouraged the freshers to take inspirations from those who are ahead of them and work hard to attain laurels for themselves, the University and the nation at large.
The matriculants pledged their allegiance to the Vice Chancellor and other authorities of the University and were enjoined through administration of an oath to be obedient to the VC and other staff of the University. The matriculation oath was administered by the Director of Academic Affairs who acted on behalf of the Registrar of the University.
One of the matriculant admitted into Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB)programme was nominated on behalf of all fresh men and women to deliver a matriculation message on their expectations of University life.
He expressed gratitude to the university for providing state of the art facilities to enhance teaching and learning at the University. However, he requested for an improvement in the internet connectivity on campus.
He also expressed the joy of many of his colleague for gaining admission into the country's premiere university which offers many opportunities to its students and alumni.