The College of Distance Education (CoDE) now has a state-of-the-art training facility and conference centre in Agona Nyakrom in the Agona West Municipality of the Central Region, thanks to the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
The building, which is located on a 50-acre plot of land, would be used for short courses, other academic activities, as well as the training of students and instructors.
The complex has 10 conference rooms, 16 executive bedrooms, 16 regular bedrooms, shops, indoor leisure areas, a kitchen, and a multipurpose activity court, among other amenities.
The facility, which is the first stage of a comprehensive educational project, is anticipated to see growth in line with the university’s aim to creating a satellite campus to provide a variety of degree and other programmes.
The facility was officially opened by the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, who praised UCC for its mission of bringing higher education to those who want it.
But he emphasised the necessity for the institution and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to create plans to guarantee that host communities profited from the presence of such educational facilities.
In order to do this, he urged UCC to expand its Neighbourhood Academic Initiative to areas where it had a satellite campus.
He additionally reaffirmed the Ministry of Education’s commitment to building a vibrant public education system in the nation that covers everything from primary to postsecondary education.
Dr. Adutwum also mentioned how the Ministry was assisting in the transformation of public schools in order to guarantee the realisation of a basic education of a calibre similar to the best public schools in other nations.
He cited the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcome Project (GALOP) as an example of how the Ministry was aiding schools with learning awards in order to provide more funding.
Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, the vice chancellor of UCC, highlighted in his speech the dedication of the institution’s management to delivering high-quality, inclusive, and egalitarian university education to the nation.
The resort and conference facility, according to him, would expand the region’s business potential and encourage travel.
He went on to say that management was committed to finishing additional facilities to support the nation’s youth’s preparation for the coming economic transition.
Okofo Okatakyi Nyarko Eku X, the chairman of the event and Paramount Chief of the Agona Nyakrom Traditional Area, pleaded with UCC management to take into account offering remote learning programmes at the campus.
He said that using the building exclusively as a conference and resort complex would prevent many individuals from enrolling in postsecondary education via distance learning.
I am aware that the university now offers a distance learning course for a diploma in education from rented space in Swedru and other locations, the speaker said.