UG former leaders share valuable insight …as part of 75th anniversary activities
The panelists during the conversation.
The University of Ghana (UG), Legon, as part of its 75th anniversary activities has held an interactive event with former leaders of the institution to reflect on the University’s historical trajectory by retracing steps to its very beginnings.
The event titled ‘Back to the Future: Conversations with UG Captains on Wear UG Day,’ brought together some alumni of the university and stakeholders cladded in the university’s 75th cloth to grace the occasion.
Ace Journalist, Bernard Avle, who moderated the discussion, led the panellists to share some valuable insights about the remarkable journey chalked by the university, regarding their time at the university both as students and leaders.
The members included Former Vice-Chancellor (1996 – 2002), Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah; former Registrar (2013 – 2021), Mrs Mercy Haizel-Ashia; Vice-Chancellor from 2010 to 2016, Professor Ernest Aryeetey and former student leader, Mrs Carlotta Bannerman Amande.
Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, expressed his eagerness in seeing a Nobel Prize laureate emerge from the university, believing it would bestow immeasurable benefits upon the institution and elevate its prestige.
“We are not there yet, but I would like to see a future in this university where a young man or young woman at WACCI, or at WACBIP, or at Noguchi or ISSER can think and dream about a Nobel Prize,” Prof. Aryeetey stated.
He therefore urged the university community to foster a culture of competitiveness and strive for international recognition, moving beyond being ‘local champions.’
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo stated that “the Wear UG Day” was not a day about identity for its members only, but a day meant to reflect on the giant strides made over the past 75 years.
Professor Appiah Amfo announced that proceeds from the upcoming fundraising dinner, scheduled for December 22, 2023, would be used for the construction of the 75th anniversary legacy project.
The project will be a student experience centre project meant to change the face of student services at the university.
By Yunusah Essandoh