Central University College

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Central University College
Central University College Ghana Logo.jpg
Central University College logo
Motto Faith, Integrity and Excellence
Established 1998
Undergraduates 8400
Campus Urban area
Website www.central.edu.gh

The Central University College was founded by the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) in Accra, Ghana. It started off as a pastoral training institute in 1988. It was then known as the Central Bible College by June 1991. It later became the Central Christian College in 1993 and eventually became the Central University College in 1997. Among the stated aims of the university is to provide an "integrated and biblically-based tertiary education with particular reference to the needs of the African continent".[1] It is currently the biggest private university in Ghana.[2]

History[edit]

In 1988, the Central Bible College was born. In 1993, it became the Christian University College and became the Central University College (CUC) in the year 1997 after a change of name.

Central University College (CUC) is the first privately owned university colleges in Ghana. Owned by the International Central Gospel Church, its founder and Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil[3] has within the last two decades, emerged as a leading voice in African Christianity advocating for a proper synthesis of Christian religious expression and the translation of spirituality into practical everyday action. The Idea of CUC was birthed in 1988.

CUC started as a short-term pastoral training institute mainly for pastors of ICGC. It became a Christian University College in 1993 expanding its programs over the years to include the academic study of Christian Theology, Business Administration, Economics, Computer Science and a select number of modern languages including French. Most of its current programs are offered up to the graduate level and has seen the establishment of the schools of architecture and pharmacy in the 2008/2009 academic year. In 1998, the university college was accredited by the[4] (NAB). A Ghanaian newspaper feature on CUC that appeared in The Spectator of Saturday 16 October 2007 described CUC as "a University college in a class of its own". The Valley View University of the Seventh Day Adventist Church was established before CUC but the latter was the first private university to run a weekend school that affords workers the flexibility of combining work and study in their desire to improve their education.

Ten (10) years down the line, CUC's development has been phenomenal with the construction of a permanent campus in Miotso, near Dahwenya. On 26 October 2007 CUC relocated a greater part of its campus from the heart of Accra, the capital to Miotso a community near Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region.

The University's first Registrar Mr. Johnson Kanda was the first employee of the university who drafted and put together almost all the documentation needed for the university he served a period of 10 years between 1998 and 2008.

The university's chancellor Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil is the Head Pastor of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) The university's past President V. P. Y. Gadzekpo, FGA had been president since 15 September 2004 till 2012. He took over from Rev. Prof. Kingsley Larbi who was the principal of Central Christian College, Ghana. His distinguished pioneering efforts at the then Central Christian College led to the establishment of Central University College, Ghana, where he served as its first President or Vice-Chancellor from November 1998 until July 2003. The university is now headed by Prof. Kwesi Yankah, who serves as the university's new president. He took over from Prof V. P. Y. Gadzekpo, FGA on 1 September 2012.

Organisation[edit]

The University has five schools.

School of Theology and Missions[edit]

The oldest of the schools, it was started in 1988 as a pastoral training institute thus predating the university.

  • Department of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Department of Historical Theology
  • Department of Practical Theology

Central Business School[edit]

This school was established in 1997.

  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Agribusiness Management
  • Department of Management and Public Administration
  • Department of Human Resource Management
  • Department of Marketing

School of Applied Sciences[edit]

This is located on the Dawhenya campus.[5]

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences[edit]

This is the newest of the schools. It is located on the Dawhenya campus.[5] It was established in October 2006)[2]

  • Department of Communication Studies
  • Department of Environment and Development Studies

Graduate School of Business[edit]

  • Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration programme with a duration of 18 calendar months. Designed to provide an intensive quality post-graduate education in business and management within a supportive collaborative environment. An intensive foreign language training programme (French and Chinese) as well as a Personal Professional Development Programme of study is

Campuses[edit]

The University occupies the following campus locations

Miotso (permanent campus)[edit]

This consists of expanding number of structures on the 248-acre (1.00 km2) plot of land. It houses the new 'face' of CUC. Miotso is 58.2 km away from Accra Central. This permanent campus accommodates the Central Business School(CBS) and the School of Applied Sciences (SAS). Also the administration section of the University College is also located here.

Mataheko Campus[edit]

The Mataheko campus is located in the heart of Accra near Kaneshie. The University has four campuses located within the Mataheko area for lecture halls and administrative offices. These campuses serve also the Central Business School and Administration and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Dansoman Campus[edit]

The School of Theology and Missions is housed here.

Christ Temple & National Insurance Commission – Graduate School Campuses[edit]

These campuses house the Graduate School of Business which runs the Master of Business Administration programme with duration of eighteen calendar months. Designed to provide an intensive quality post-graduate education in business and management within a supportive collaborative environment.

Affiliations[edit]

Memberships[edit]

Central University College is a member of the Association of African Universities (AAU))

Students' union[edit]

Central University College's Student Representative Council operates mainly from the miotso campus. The various class representatives serve as contacts on the various campuses.

People[edit]

List of chancellors[edit]

List of presidents[edit]

  • Rev. Prof. Kingsley Larbi – 1998 to 2003
  • Prof. V.P. Y. Gadzekpo FGA 2004 to 2012
  • Prof. Kwesi Yankah – 2012–present

List of registrars[edit]

  • Mr. Johnson Kanda (1998–2008)
  • Mr. J. F. Odartey Blankson (2009–2011)

List of vice-presidents[edit]

  • Prof. K. Oduro Afriyie – Academic (2006–2012)
  • Mr. J. F. Odartey Blankson – Finance and Administration (2011 – present)

Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Central University College – All About Us". Official Website. Central University College. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b "CENTRAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE – SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES". Official Website. Central University College. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Mensah Otabil". Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  4. ^ National Accreditation Board
  5. ^ a b "COURSE OUTLINES AND DESCRIPTIONS". Official Website. Central University College. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Accredited Institutions – University Colleges". National Accreditation Board. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Affiliates – Central University College". Official Website. Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Archived from the original on 3 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 

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