The Dormaa Campus of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), on Saturday admitted its first set of 34 fresh students to pursue various academic disciplines.
The Campus, temporarily housed at the former Hotel de Johnson premises, on the Dormaa-Kyeremasu road, when fully completed would house the School of Agriculture and Technology and the School of Geosciences.
These two schools would offer programmes including Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Bachelor of Science in Post-Harvest Technology and Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness, Geography and Geosciences.
Professor Mrs Esi Awuah, the Vice-Chancellor said these at the first matriculation of students of the Dormaa Campus of the University at Kyeremasu, near Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Dormaa Central Municipality of Brong-Ahafo Region.
The occasion was also used for the consecration ceremony of that campus.
Prof. Mrs Awuah stated about 3000 application forms were sold but due to accommodation constraints, the University was able to enroll only 871 fresh men and women out of 1,400 applicants who qualified to be admitted.
The matriculates included 13 matured students and three international students.
Prof. Mrs Awuah expressed the hope that the on-going projects in the University would give room to double the intake of students for the next academic year.
She said a fund, ?the UENR Endowment Fund? would be established to generate revenue which will be used to create a revenue stream to fund research projects, provide scholarships to qualified applicants and also to assist needy individuals who would apply to the Fund for financial assistance.
?What makes UENR Endowment Fund unique from others is the aspect that supports the brilliant but needy students who are admitted into the University. Part of the fund will also be used for some infrastructure development at all campuses. In this regard, the University is appealing to the government, stakeholders including parents and friends of the University to willingly contribute to the Fund?, she emphasized.
Prof. Awuah on behalf of the University Council and Management extended immense appreciation and gratitude to the chiefs and people of Dormaa-Ahenkro for their generous donation of parcels of land to support the University.
Mr Gordon Asubonteng, Dormaa Central Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said that the Assembly?s vision was to produce the best human resource material in the country within the next 10 years.
He therefore asked for special quotas for prospective applicants to the University either to seek for admission or employment who are indigenes of the Dormaa Traditional Area.