The sod has been cut for the construction of the main campus of a new private university, MountCrest University College at Larteh-Akuapem in the Akuapem North District of the Eastern region.
A well-established Law Faculty is located in the Readwide Building at Kanda in Accra.
The new university college, affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), was founded by former Director of the Ghana School of Law and owner of Readwide Ghana, Kwaku Ansa-Asare.
At an impressive sod-cutting ceremony at Yebuso, Larteh-Akuapem last Sunday, the founder of MountCrest University College, Lawyer Ansa-Asare said the new university with the motto, “Educating The Next Generation So They May Have Life,” is to equip to provide its students with the requisite transferable skills imbued with a high sense of discipline and service.
He said he decided to build the university to give back to the society, that is Larteh-Akuapem and Ghana that gave birth to him and moulded him to become what he is today in the society.
“Our vision is to become a world-class teaching and research university educating for life and address the challenges facing contemporary society,” he said, stressing that the university’s well-established mission is to train and prepare a new generation of graduates in body, mind and spirit for the transformation of society.
According to him, the university has already been given full accreditation by the National Accreditation Board and has already assembled a world-class team of lecturers to constitute its faculty.
“We are in serious discussion with the Michigan State University and Arizona State University all the United States of America to foster external collaboration and exchange programmes,” he indicated.
He said the university will offer full-time as well as part-time programmes to enable those who have not got the time for full-time studies to do their courses in the evenings or weekends.
According to him, MountCrest University College will take off this September with three prestigious academic disciplines and these are Law, Medicine and Publishing and Communication Studies.
“These faculties have been established and are currently located on the Kanda campus.
The Law faculty is headed by Prof Justice A.K.P. Kludze, the foundation Dean and Dr Samuel Akortey Akor, the foundation Dean of School of Medical and Health Sciences,” he stated.
He said next year the university will be running many more courses including business administration, nursing, medical laboratory technology, agricultural and pastorial studies, education and law, mathematics, statistics, actuarial sciences, economics, land economy and languages.
Mr. Ansa-Asare paid tribute to the late B.J. da Rocha for his pioneering role in the establishment of the university in 2008 before his death as well as Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, who is the Rector of the university and Prof Ekow Daniels, who is the Chairman of the council of the university for greatly contributing in diverse ways to get the university established.
The chairman for the event, Freddie Blay, who is also the Board Chairman of Western Publications Limited, commended Mr. Ansa-Asare for his foresight and initiative, adding that the new university will become a centre of excellence that will not only bear fruits for the people of Larteh-Akuapem and Ghana but the whole world.
The Omanhene of Akuapem Guan Traditional and chief of Larteh-Akuapem, Osabarima Asiedu Okoo Ababio III said the siting of the university at Larteh will definitely expand the economy of the area and bring great development to the area.
He asked indigenes of Larteh to support the university since their own children will benefit from it.
The Minister for Local Government, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and some students from Michigan State University and Arizona State University graced the occasion.
Source Daily Guide