In a momentous ceremony held at Abetifi, Professor John Ofosu-Anim, a distinguished academic luminary, officially took the reins as the Vice-Chancellor of Presbyterian University, Ghana (PUG). This transition marks a significant stride in the academic landscape of the institution, heralding a new era of visionary leadership.
Academic Prowess and Stature
Professor Ofosu-Anim brings with him a sterling portfolio of academic accomplishments, honed through years of dedicated service. His illustrious journey includes pivotal roles as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the School of Architecture and Science at Central University, along with a distinguished tenure as Dean of the School of Agriculture at the esteemed University of Ghana. This wealth of experience has positioned him as a beacon of expertise in the academic sphere.
The induction ceremony, graced by the venerable presence of Professor JOY Mante, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and Chancellor of the University, was a vibrant testament to the auspiciousness of the occasion. Assisting in the induction was Justice Prof. E.N. Kotey, Chairperson of the University Council, infusing an air of gravitas into the proceedings.
Academic Odyssey: From Scholar to Steward
Professor Ofosu-Anim’s academic odyssey commenced with the pursuit of a BSc in Agriculture at the University of Ghana. His relentless pursuit of knowledge was further embellished by the prestigious Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbusho), enabling him to scale greater heights. This culminated in the acquisition of an MSc in Agriculture from Kagawa University and a PhD in Agronomy from Nagoya University, marking the zenith of his academic journey.
Returning to Ghana in 1996, Professor Ofosu-Anim embarked on a transformative tenure at the University of Ghana. From the role of a lecturer, he ascended the academic echelons, ultimately attaining the esteemed position of professor. His trajectory was defined by an unwavering commitment to superlative teaching, groundbreaking research, influential extension work, and internationally lauded scholarship.
A Pledge of Empowerment: Student Welfare and Digitalization
In his inaugural address, the Vice-Chancellor articulated a resolute commitment to enhancing student accommodation, particularly at the Agogo campus. This initiative aims to alleviate the burdens borne by students, fostering an environment conducive to holistic growth. Furthermore, a forward-looking commitment to digitizing administrative processes underscores a conscientious approach towards reducing paper waste and promoting sustainability.
With an eye on the future, the management has set its sights on the construction of a hostel at Agogo, one of the university’s five campuses. This strategic move is geared towards accommodating the burgeoning student population enrolled in the university’s health program. The Vice-Chancellor extends an open invitation to all stakeholders, including the dynamic business community, to join hands in this monumental endeavor.
A Covenant of Continuity: Strengthening Church-University Ties
Acknowledging the profound historical roots binding the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) and the university, Professor Ofosu-Anim emphasized the pivotal role of this partnership. It serves as an enduring source of inspiration, constituting the bedrock upon which the university’s spiritual identity stands. This commitment extends towards fortifying the symbiotic relationship between the church and the institution.
Rev. Prof. Mante, Moderator and Chancellor of the University, offered a solemn assurance of the Church’s unwavering support. He urged the Vice-Chancellor to draw from the reservoir of wisdom left by his predecessors, propelling the university to soar among the preeminent institutions, not just within Ghana, but on the global stage.
Legacy of Excellence: Presbyterian University of Ghana
Established two decades ago by the Church, the Presbyterian University of Ghana stands as a beacon of quality, God-centered higher education in the nation. With campuses in Akropong, Agogo, Kumasi, Tema, and Abetifi, the institution received the coveted presidential charter just a year prior, solidifying its status as a paragon of academic eminence.