Vice President of GTUC, Professor Isaac Abeku Blankson, says education should equip students to become transformational thinkers.
Speaking at the 22nd matriculation ceremony of the university in Accra recently he told the new students, “our continent and country are at a point where we need transformational thinkers and doers. Hopefully, the kind of education you will receive in the next few years should set on you the course of this journey of transformation”.
He said education should not only be about the acquisition of knowledge but it must engender honesty, respect, equality and compassion.
“Knowledge, therefore, is the awareness of knowing about what, why, when, where and how of anything. It is power both intellectually and physically,” he said.
During the ceremony, 370 students were formally admitted in the University to formally pursue certificate, diploma and degree programmes for the intake of the 2018 academic year.
Among the newly admitted students, were 306 males and 85 females; which also include 13 international students from eight different countries.
He said in GTUC their quest for knowledge was embedded in all aspect of their teaching and learning; declaring that “this means; to see, listen, understand, desire, plan, work and achieve”.
He said the school seeks to empower students to continue the search for knowledge through constant learning and innovation.
“On behalf of the entire University College, I pledge that we will do everything possible to ensure that you develop your talents and interests to their fullest while you are here,” Prof Blankson said.
“GTUC is a place where you can achieve your true potential, a place where you can realize your dreams is definitely a place where theory combines with practice to give us a better understanding of the world around us,” he added.
He assured the students that the University College would give them the tools to reason, to make judgements, to ask tough questions and to become critical thinkers.
“If you apply yourself, GTUC will enable you to be an entrepreneur, engineer, business administrator or the ICT guru you desire to become,” he said.
“Only when we have been able to raise leaders, thinkers and most importantly does who are committed not just to self but to humanity as well, will we consider our job done. Today, I challenge you to open up yourself and mind to this wonderful experience,” he added.
The GTUC Vice President congratulated the students for having secured a seat in GTUC; stating that “this is the first step towards fulfilment of your dreams”.