Lancaster University Ghana has graduated a total of 61 students, with a call on them to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development in any sphere of endeavour they find themselves.
The graduates completed Bachelor’s degree programmes in Economics and International Relations, Politics and International Relations, Accounting and Finance, Computer Studies, Business Management, Business Studies, Marketing and Law.
This diverse cohort had students from various countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Gambia, Egypt, Liberia, Switzerland, Ivory Coast, Congo, India, Cameroon, Chinese, and the United Kingdom.
Speaking at the 7th undergraduate graduation ceremony and the 10th anniversary celebration of the university last Thursday at Movenpick Grand Ambassador Hotel in Accra, the Provost of LUG, Dr Emmanuel Arthur, commended the graduating class for their hard work and perseverance throughout their academic journey.
“As you step into the world, see endless opportunities and seize them,” he advised.
The ceremony, he said, provides ample evidence of the university’s determination to fulfil its aim of delivering education that holistically prepares students for the market place despite the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global economic challenges.
He said 10 years in the life of any higher education institution was significant, yet not long enough to fully assess its impact.
“However, the institution prides itself in the successes chalked within its short period of existence.
“Our alumni achievements in the corporate world and graduate programmes exemplify our commitment to holistic education,” he said.
These accomplishments, he said, affirm the role as a 21st-century institution, adding that: “We are establishing an emerging technology lab for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students and a moot courtroom for Law students to hone their skills”.
He reaffirmed the university’s commitment to continue equipping students with both academic knowledge and essential skills.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, Prof. Simon Guy, said within the next few years, the university aims to be within the top 100 universities worldwide.
“You can be confident that the quality of your educational experience, underpinned by world-class research and outstanding teaching, will enhance your prospects in the future,” he added.
As the guest speaker and special guest of honour, Mr. Keith McMahon, the Deputry British High Commissioner, in his address, stated that though the completion of a university journey was a significant milestone, the graduation class needed to look forward to endless opportunities ahead of them.
He urged the graduands to embrace the values of compassion, empathy and inclusivity as they venture into the workforce and further their academic careers.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Academic Group (TAG), Mr. Dan Adkins, in his address, underscored TAG’s unwavering commitment to developing human capacity, particularly its mission to provide world-class education and opportunities across the African continent.
The Group CEO stated that according to the Founders of TAG, solutions to the challenges faced by Africa should originate within the continent itself. They emphasise that these solutions should not be imported or imposed from external sources, as they believe there is a wealth of wisdom and potential among the young people of Africa to address these issues effectively. Mr. Adkins stated: “I charge you to go out and make the difference across Africa and across the world because I firmly believe that sitting here among us, we have the future leaders in industries and government for this continent and for the world”.
The Chancellor’s Medal was awarded to Ruquaiya Shuaibu (Bsc. Hons. Computer Science) and David Bereibo Bristol-Alagbariya (LLB Hons. Law), for being the most meritorious students in the cohort.
In addition, The Founders’ Award, which recognises the students who best embody the values of Transnational Academic Group (TAG – Loyalty, Integrity, Attitude, Competence and Commitment), and has demonstrated this throughout their time at the university, was presented to Stephanie Asare-Kodua (BA Hons. Economics & International Relations).
The Lancaster Award, which acknowledges students’ extracurricular activities which enhance employability, was also presented to 27 students.