The Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) has pledged to go the extra mile to become Ghana’s foremost centre of excellence in renewable energy studies.

Professor Joshua Danso Owusu-Sekyere, the Vice Chancellor, said they would establish the necessary academic, administrative and infrastructural support mechanisms to achieve that.

He added that this formed part of their strategic vision to become a world-class centre for generating, advancing and applying knowledge in renewable energy sciences to train the next generation of experts and provide cutting-edge research solution to support Ghana’s development through renewable energy sector.

He was speaking at the fourth matriculation ceremony held to admit fresh students to pursue Higher National Diploma (HND) and Professional Diploma in programmes in engineering, applied sciences, arts and business.

Underlining their commitment to renewable energy studies, the Vice Chancellor said: “Each Technical University has a niche area that becomes the central theme around which the University revolves.”

“For CCTU, our niche area is ‘renewable energy’ and the University is expected to be, as it were, a centre of excellence in renewable energy in Ghana.

“In the light of this, we are in the process of setting up Renewable Energy Centre.”

He commended the students for choosing the University and encouraged them to take full advantage of the various opportunities and facilities available to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to transform the society.

They should manage their time well, stay away from all moral misdeeds and to be serious with their studies.

He said that was the way forward to become useful citizens and worthy ambassadors of the technical university.

Prof. Owusu-Sekyere spoke of infrastructure, social and administrative challenges that they had been struggling with and said management was working hard to address them.

They had put on hold all new projects as they focused priority on finishing all uncompleted projects.

On poor telephone services reception, he said they were working with the telecommunication network providers to make things better.

He also announced that there had been significant improvement in the quality of care at the University’s Clinic and that had come on the back of recent expansion works, introduction of night services and optometry care.

Out of the 1,419 applications received, 1,398 were offered admission to pursue various programmes.

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