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Press Release - Unprofessional Reportage of Jersey on Jeans Party Held at UDS Nyankpala Campus

October 12, 2018

The attention of Management of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has been drawn to a news item circulating on social media and some media houses to the effect that the Nyankpala Campus Students Representative Council (SRC) organised a ‘sex party’ to welcome fresh students.

Upon investigations, Management of the University for Development Studies (UDS) wishes to state unequivocally that, the story by Mr. Eliasu Mohammed Tanko, which was carried by Star FM and subsequently by other media houses, under the headline: “UDS SRC hold ‘Sex Party’ for Fresh Students”, was a total fabrication.

What took place on the Nyankpla Campus on September 28, 2018 was an approved party which was dubbed ‘Jersey on Jeans’, organised by the SRC to welcome fresh students, during which students wore their preferred football club jerseys over a pair of jeans trousers. During the event, the students posed for pictures which they posted on their SRC Facebook platform / website-UDS 360. Subsequently, some media houses such as United Television also picked some random images which looked like pictures of a beach party, to garnish the ones taken by the students, thereby dragging the name of the University into disrepute.

It is most regrettable that Mr. Eliasu Mohammed Tanko would want to portray that there was consternation on the Campus because of an alleged ‘sex party’. When authorities contacted him, he alleged that he had filed the story together with a denial from the SRC, however when he sent the story to the media house, the SRC’s denial was omitted in the reportage.

The University finds such predatory journalism to be unprofessional, unacceptable and in bad taste. The fake news has been a source of undue worry to students, parents and management of the University.

Management of UDS is therefore calling on Starr FM, GH One, United Television and Pulse GH, (that carried the story) to retract the story and apologize to the University while giving it the same premium as they did for the fake story. Management again is calling on the Ghana Journalists Association and National Media Commission to investigate Mr. Eliasu Mohammed Tanko and the media houses that carried the story and bring them to book.

Meanwhile, the University’s attention has also been drawn to an alleged assault on, and causing unlawful damage to a motorcycle belonging to one Mr Alhassan Abdul Washeed of UTV at Nyankpala Campus by the SRC during the 25 th Matriculation Ceremony.

Based on these allegations, the President of the Northern chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Ceasar Abagali, issued a statement condemning the act. The statement however erroneously referred to the ‘Jersey on Jeans’ party as a ‘Sex Party’ and indicated that the alleged ‘Sex Party’ was cancelled; that is incorrect.

The University wishes to put on record that the ‘Jersey on Jeans’ party did take place as planned and nothing else.

The case of the alleged assault is under internal investigation by the University authorities and appropriate action will be taken in due course.

This is without prejudice to the investigations ongoing by the Ghana Police Service.

 

Ms Sauda Belko-Sulemanah

Assistant Registrar

University Relations

For REGISTRAR

AAU Training Workshop on Quality Assurance for Higher Education Institutions Underway

A five-day training workshop on the theme ‘Quality Assurance for Higher Education Personnel in the 21st Century’ is underway at the Tamale Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS). The event, to be held from 2nd- 5th October, 2018 is being organised under the auspices of the Secretariat of the Association of African Universities (AAU), and aims at equipping Personnel of public Universities and analogous institutions with requisite skills and knowledge in quality assurance in higher education.

Inaugurating the workshop, the Vice-Chancellor of the host University (UDS), Prof. G. A. Teye was excited to see a good representation from member institutions of the AAU. He underscored the relevance of academic quality assurance in the management of higher education institutions and expressed confidence that, the training would culminate in the adoption of more stringent quality assurance measures across board.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Secretary-General of AAU, Prof. Etienne E. Ehile observed that a country’s global competitiveness relies on the effectiveness of its institutions in preparing prospective graduates for industry and the world of work. He stressed the need for Africa to revive its higher education systems to produce home-grown solutions to overcome its myriad of developmental challenges. “Proper teaching with relevant research that focuses and attaches emphasis on the issue of quality assurance helps a lot in improving the graduate quality and our socio-economic status”, he added.

Participants included Registrars, Directors of Academic Quality Assurance and other higher education personnel.

Source: University Relations

 

Search Committee for The Position of Chancellor Inaugurated

The UDS Governing Council has begun the search for a distinguished personality to fill the vacant position of Chancellor of the University.

This came to light at the inauguration of a six – member Committee tasked to solicit nominations and make appropriate recommendations to the Governing Council for the appointment of a Chancellor.

Inaugurating the committee the Chairman of the UDS Governing Council, Mr. Nutifafa Kuenyehia Esq, stated that the UDS Statutes (Statute 6.1) established the position of a Chancellor of the University, to be appointed by Council. However, in its 25years of existence, the University’s administrative machinery had functioned without a Chancellor. “The administrative structures and offices that are prerequisites for the establishment and growth of an academic institution such as ours have been put in place over the years. Yet, we are still left with one important office, to be put in place. And that office is the office of the Chancellor of the University,” Mr. Nutifafa Kuenyehia remarked.

The Vice – Chancellor of UDS, Prof. G. A. Teye hinted that some strategic stake-holders of the University had expressed worry at the delay in appointing a Chancellor for UDS. He expressed the hope that the processes leading to the appointment of a Chancellor for the University would be completed before the climax of the 25th Anniversary celebrations.

For his part, the Registrar, Dr. A.B.T Zakariah recalled previous attempts that were made to appoint a Chancellor. He was optimistic that with the caliber of persons constituting the Committee, a good job will be well done.

Below is the full complement of the composition of the Search Committee:

1. Mr. Nutifafa Kuenyehia Esq,

Council Chairman

Chairman

2. Prof. Ismail bin Yahaya

Council Rep.

Member

3. Prof. Ing. Felix K. Abagale

Alumni Rep.

Member

4. Dr. A.B.T. Zakariah

Non-teaching Snr. Members’ Rep.

Member

5. Prof. Albert K. Dei

Academic Snr. Members’ Rep.

Member

6. Mr. Abdul – Majeed Yussif

Senior Staff Assoc. Rep.

Member

7. Mr. George Debrie

Dept. Registrar, Council Secretariat.

Secretary

Source: University Relations

UDS Play Host to Fourth Edition of 2018 National Policy Summit

The Tamale campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) played host to the fourth edition of the 2018 National Policy Summit on Government’s flagship programmes. The two-day summit which was under the theme “Assessing Government’s Flagship Programmes” is an initiative of the Ministry of Information aimed at engaging major stakeholders on Government’s strategy for Ghana’s sustainable growth and development. The thematic areas discussed during the summit included the Infrastructure for Poverty Education Programme, (IPEP); Policy on Free Senior High School for all Ghanaian children (The Double Track System); Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme; Assessment of the One Village, One Dam; Assessment of One District One Factory; Technical and Vocational Training Programme (TVET); National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) status and Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) financing. Present at the opening ceremony was the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, ministers of state, some principal officers from the University, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, traditional leaders, civil society groups, academia, industry players and the general public. The event was chaired by the Kpembe-Wura, Paramout Chief of the Kpembe Traditional Area.

The Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia explained that the organisation of the summit in the North was to ensure that all Ghanaians were exposed to a deeper understanding of government’s programmes and policies. “These policy summits have been designed to provide the coordinated communication tools to share and inform Ghanaians about the different government programmes and policies across ministries, departments and agencies” he said. The Vice President added that engagement with major stakeholders during the summit was a strategic arrangement to allow for the critical assessment of government’s planned programmes and policies. “Through  this platform which brings major stakeholders together for a collaborative and constructive engagement in the development of our dear nation, we hope to improve the Ghanaian’s understanding of what government is doing, get their feedback and improve on what it is that we may be overlooking or not doing right” Dr. Bawumia remarked.

 The plenary sessions were facilitated by faculty of the UDS.

SOURCE: University Relations

Matriculation Ceremony for Graduate Sandwich Students [Gallery]

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