The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ernest Aryeetey has recently inaugurated a 16- member Committee to see to the planning of the 65th anniversary celebration of the University. The University of Ghana, established in 1948 will be 65 years in the year, 2013.
The Committee is chaired by Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development. Members the Committee are Dr. E. Debrah, Head of Political Science Department, Professor Kwadwo Ofori, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Dr. E.N.N. Nortey, Head of Department of Statistics, Dr. Mohammed Amidu, Senior Lecturer, Business School, Dr. Kwesi Amponsa-Tawiah, Lecturer, Business School, Dr. Macarious Yangyuoru, Institute of Agriculture Research, Dr. George Afrane, Department of Food Processing Engineering and Dr. Kwesi Appeaning Addo, Lecturer, Department of Marine Biology and Fisheries. Other members are Dr. Johnson K. Efavi, Lecturer, Department of Material Science Engineering, Dr. Albert Ahenkan, Lecturer, Business School, Dr. Helen Yitah, English Department, Professor Anna Lartey, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Professor Kate Addo-Adeku, Institute of Continuing and Distance Education and Dr. Innocent Y.D. Lawson, Department of Soil Science.
The Registrar, Mr. J.M. Budu and the Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa are ex-officio members. The Secretary to the Committee is Ms. Loretta Otinkorang, Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
Inaugurating the Committee, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ernest Aryeetey catalogued some of the expected outcomes, such as to showcase the products of the University as a premier university, faculty publications, forging new partnerships and renewing links with sister universities and institutions, organizing a Special Congregation and spearheading fundraising efforts, among others. He pointed out that even though many people would rather commemorate seventieth anniversaries as opposed to sixty-five years, he saw the celebration of the 65th Anniversary as important because he believed the University of Ghana had a lot to show which he argued would benefit the whole world, and therefore was not worth waiting till the next five years to do that. He said, “As we tell the world of what we can do as a University, we can also get help from well-meaning individuals and organisations considering that there is a lot of goodwill towards the University of Ghana”.
The Vice-Chancellor believed that the best product to show to the world is the University’s academic publications, and explained the merits of the “Reader” initiative which he believed would be a wonderful reality if each department in the university could come out with such publications. He urged faculty to work hard to be able to achieve this.
He advised members of the committee to endeavor to consult members of the University community in planning the activities for the celebration. “Let people in Legon feel a part of the planning so that when the time comes for execution, they will be ready to contribute” he added. He noted that other office holders will be represented on the Committee, as well as alumni. He appealed to the members of the Committee to put in their best so that at the end of the anniversary, they can look back and take pride in what the Committee has been able to achieve.
In response, the Chairperson of the Committee, Professor Ntiamoa-Baidu thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the confidence reposed in them to plan such an important anniversary. She appealed to members to be committed, especially because they themselves had volunteered to be members of the 65th Anniversary Planning Committee, and expressed the hope that the objectives for which the Committee was set up would be achieved.
Present at the inauguration ceremony was the Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, Professor Samuel Kwame Offei.