Vice Chancellor of UHAS Says Application Figures Have Doubled | MPhil and PhD Programmes To Start Next Academic Year

Established in 2012, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), the first state-funded public university in the Volta region has in its three years of existence seen significant increase in the number of applications to the University for its Undergraduate Degree Programmes, the Vice- Chancellor, Prof Newton Fred Binka has said at the 4th matriculation ceremony.

“Over the years the university has a seen a steady but huge increase in the number of applicants who wish pursue their dreams of becoming health professionals. Last year we received 2011 applications for the 2014/2015 academic year and we were only able to offer places and enrolled 458 students. This year the total number of applicants have doubled. We had 4124 applications to which 829 have been enrolled,” he said.

The authorities of the university are hopeful that masters and Doctor of Philosophies (PhD) degrees programmes in Health and Allied Sciences will commence in the next academic year.

“We are We also will submit for review our PhD Programme in public Health (to the National Accreditation Board) and we hope to receive our first students in the next academic year,” said Professor Binka.

According to the Vice Chancellor, the graduate programme in Public Health which will have five areas of specialization including Monitoring and Evaluation, Health Systems, Reproductive Health, Public Health Nutrition and Epidemiology. These would be run at the School of Public Health at Hohoe.

The University currently operates five schools namely, School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Medicine, School of Public Health and School of Allied Health Sciences. Others yet to be established are; School of Pharmacy, School of Sports and Exercise Medicine, School of Dentistry, Institute of Medical Education and Institute of Traditional and Alternate Medicine.

The matriculation ceremony took place at the permanent site of the university at Sokode Lokoe, near Hoand it is the first major academic event held at the permanent campus.

The Vice Chancellor also hinted of the relocation of the central administration and the school of Basic and Bio-medical Sciences from the incubatory facilities to the permanent campus before the end of the year. The President John Mahama is expected to commission completed facilities at the permanent site before the end of the year.

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