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The Accra Technical University (ATU) has held its matriculation ceremony for newly admitted students for the 2021/2022 academic year.
They would undertake Higher National Diploma (HND), Advanced Diploma, Bachelor of Technology and certificate courses.
At the event, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, urged the students to be diligent in their studies while adhering to all school regulations.
He further stated that while there were a lot of fun-filled activities on campus, students should not get carried away by those activities, relegating their studies to the last minute.
“Resolve in your hearts to take your studies seriously in order to achieve your main objective of being here, that is, to earn a certificate,” he advised.
He added that out of the 11,400 applications the school received, 10,840 were granted admission, out of which 6,941 had been accepted.
Courses the school offered, Prof. Odai said, were geared towards adequately equipping students with the requisite skills for the industrial world, and urged students to take the technical courses seriously as they held the key to industrial change in the country.
These courses, he added, were the backbone of change for Japan, Germany and China, which are now “global economic giants”.
According to him, the 2021/2022 intake had seen a significant increase in science and technology-related courses.
The school, he said, had procured some new furniture and had begun renovations in the lecture rooms and hostels for the comfort of the students and urged them to be responsible and take good care of all the items to ensure that they lasted for posterity to benefit.
Prof. Odai advised students not to engage in examination malpractices, adding that it would not shield anyone caught in any form of examination malpractice.
He also advised them to accord respect to all lecturers and those in authority, adding that they played the role of parents in the institution, working towards the good of the students.
The newly admitted students, through the oath, pledged to obey all school rules and promote the good of the university.