The Vice Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, has cautioned new entrants of the University not to take their offer of admission into the premier Technical University for granted, but work to merit the opportunity to better their future.
Rev. Prof. Eshun who gave the caution during the 2022/2023 academic year orientation for students said TTU has made adequate provision of resources at the disposal of students, therefore encouraged them to avoid bad behaviour and learn to justify the investments their parents have committed to educate them.
“Do not take this opportunity for granted and I sincerely hope that you will be happy and excited as you are today on the day of your graduation. Takoradi Technical University promises to create a conducive environment and provide the resources for you to achieve your dream as a student.. As you start this long journey, do not forget the sweat and toil of parents/guardians and sponsors who have invested a lot; financially, materially and emotionally; and they look forward to you to excel in your endeavour. I want to believe that some of you have come to Takoradi for the very first time. Some of you have also left your parents’ homes and you will be living on your own for the very first time. Be as it may, I want to urge you to take care of yourselves, and take responsibility for your actions as there are many temptations in your students’ life. Stay away from drugs and all other unworthy behaviour”, he said.
He said TTU has a vision to become a centre of excellence and challenged students to buy into it.
“the vision of Takoradi Technical University is to be a world-class Technical University recognized for excellence, innovation and societal relevance. With this vision, the University is poised to provide technical education, training, research and consultancy services to our students and stakeholders for the development of the nation and beyond.
Thus, as you become part of the TTU community you are required to buy into this vision…The University has put in place various resources to enable you to accomplish your dream in line with our vision and strategy which aim at making you useful citizens of Ghana. Once you are here, be assured that we shall continue to provide facilities in the form of teaching/learning equipment and laboratories to facilitate the programmes you have chosen. You are, therefore, being reminded of your responsibility as an individual to take care of these facilities which have been put in your custody in order to benefit the future generation of students”, he added.
The Registrar of TTU, Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory, while welcoming the fresh students to the six-day orientation urged the students to ensure punctuality, take care of their safety and embrace the university life as progress from what they knew in the Senior High School level.
Director of Finance, Dr. Gabriel Sam Ahinful, on his part gave the freshmen titbits on safe financial management while on campus. He advised them to seek information on fee payment when they have difficulties as well as the need to study to qualify for the many scholarships available at the University.
A Deputy Registrar of TTU, Paul Ofori Krah who took the students through the University structure and channels of communication, urged the students to respect and use the laid down structures and communication channels to forward all concerns they may confront at whatever stage of their stay on campus.
Dr. Gladys Quartey, who is the Director of the Centre for Gender and Advocacy, urged students to be wary of sexual harassment against fellow students and staff but also encouraged them to report all sexual harassment to the appropriate quarters.
The Dean of Students, Dr. Bruce Amartey, said all student’s concerns are welcomed at the office.
“our office is responsible for junior members, that is students of the university in relation to your academic, residential, health psychological and social matters. We liaise with the offices of the Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar, all wardens and administrators, SRC in matters affecting students”, he said.
Chairman of the TTU Chapter of the Technical University Teachers Association, TUTAG, Joseph Danso said TUTAG stand ready to support students to achieve their objective on campus without fear or favour but urged students to live within the rules of the university to avoid sanctions.