Professor Daniel Kwame Bediako, the Vice Chancellor of Valley View University (VVU), admitting 1,268 students to pursue various academic programmes for the new academic year, urged them to focus on the knowledge they would receive rather than certificates.
They are pursuing various Diplomas, Undergraduate and post-Graduate Degree Programmes.
Addressing the 24th Matriculation Ceremony, in Accra, on Wednesday, Prof Bediako said fully focusing on their studies the entire period would enable them to reach the zenith of their academic pursuits.
“Some of you are here to look for certificates for promotions at your various workplaces, but still, I urge you to focus on your studies to achieve your dreams.”
The Vice Chancellor explained that the VVU placed emphasis on excellence, which was the commitment to attain higher standards and expectations, adding that the admissions of about 13 students were revoked in the previous academic year, because of fake WASSCE certificates.
He, therefore, warned the freshers that the Registrar would revoke the admission of any student found to have submitted a fake certificate.
The Vice Chancellor also told them that they may be may be required to dress properly as the school sought to give them holistic education to prepare them for the world after their training.
He, after his address, led to recite the Pledge of Allegiance of the institution to formally admit them into the university community.
Dr Emmanuel Harrison Takyi, earlier in a welcome address, said the students admitted for 2019/2020 Academic Year were from seven African countries, comprising 1,252 Ghanaians, seven Nigerians, four Ivorians, two Togolese, one Sierra Leonean, one Burundian and a Gabonese.
The VVU is a Seventh-day Adventist institution, which emphasises academic, technological and vocational excellence for service to God and humanity.
It seeks to be the centre of excellence in Christian tertiary education and strives to pass on to its students, the passion for excellence to attain higher standards, integrity and the willingness to serve God and humanity in a sacrificial manner.