UPSA Vice Chancellor Replies Critics

The Vice Chancellor of University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has responded to criticisms leveled at the University and its academic staff by two US-based Ghanaian lecturers and researchers.

The two, Dr. Prosper Yao Tsikata, an Assistant Professor of Communication and Dr. A. Kobla Dotse, Director, Chemical R&D both at the Valdosta State University in the United States have questioned the credibility of certificates possessed by some academic staff of the university, claiming the institutions that awarded them do not have any verifiable accreditation sources.

They also raised concerns about the manner in which academic promotions are awarded at the University, stating that research and publications should form the basis of such promotions as it is being done in most universities.

But delivering an address at the 2016 matriculation ceremony to formally welcome and induct fresh students into the university, Professor Alabi refuted claims that every university ought to be a research institution.

According to him, UPSA is a Professional University in which emphasis are placed more on teaching and learning rather than research.

“For us, this university, it is a professional university and in a professional university, we lay emphasis on teaching and learning that is why our products on the job market are doing very well,” Professor Alabi said.

He continues, “So we hear people talk about UPSA lecturers-research, research- Yes! There is an element of research in what we do, but that is not what we are into, ours is a purely a technical university.”

He noted that UPSA has been tested by various international organisations and some section of the public in this country and added that, it is always good when people interrogate their system and they are always happy to hear things about their university because it makes them grow and improve on their services.

In all, a total of 3,216 students representing 46.25% of the total 6,954 applications received for the 2016/2017 academic year have been officially inducted as junior members of the university. This includes 592 Diploma students, 1,949 undergraduate students, 596 students at the Postgraduate level and 79 professional students.

Professor Alabi disclosed that government has given the university clearance to engage about 118 more lecturers to augment the strength of its academic staff and also to ensure parity in lecturer – to- student ratio.

He expressed thanks to the University Community for the support and love shown him during his tenure as Vice Chancellor of the University and asked for same support for his successor.

Professor Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra.

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