Central University (Ghana)

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Central University
Central University College Ghana Logo.jpg
MottoFaith, Integrity and Excellence
TypePrivate
Established1998
ChancellorMensa Otabil
Vice-ChancellorProf. Bill Buenar Puplampu
Academic staff
211
Administrative staff
185
Undergraduates8400
Location, ,
CampusUrban area
Websitewww.central.edu.gh

The Central University was founded by the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) in Accra, Ghana.[1] 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. It was founded in 1998[2] as a pastoral school in Dansoman. 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".[3] It is currently the biggest private university in Ghana.[4]

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 a privately owned university colleges in Ghana. Owned by the International Central Gospel Church, its founder and Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil[5] 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[6] (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.In January 2016, the University College received the long awaited Presidential Charter to become an autonomous and a fully-fledged university as Central University.

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 was headed by Prof. Kwesi Yankah, who served as the university's president before handing over to the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Bill Buenar Puplampu. He took over from Prof V. P. Y. Gadzekpo, FGA on 1 September 2012.

The university received a charter[7] from the president in 2016 and now has changed from a College to a University.

Milestones[edit]

  • 1984 – The International Central Gospel Church [ICGC] is founded by Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil
  • 1988 – The ICGC opens a ministerial institute to train a new generation of leaders
  • 1991 – Central Bible College is birthed from the success of the ICGC ministerial institute
  • 1993 – Central Bible College is incorporated as the Central Christian College
1997
  • Investiture of Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil as chancellor
  • Central Business School is commissioned
1998
  • Central Bible College is re-christened Central University College to reflect its new status as a liberal arts tertiary institution
  • Mr. Johnson Kanda is inducted as the first registrar
  • Rev. Prof. Kingsley Larbi is appointed as the first principal

2002 The Business Development Centre opens for business

2003 Development Directorate is carved from the pre-existing Project Office

2004 Prof. V.P. Y. Gadzekpo takes office as the second President

2006 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences is established

2007 Quality Assurance Unit is launched

Vision & Legacy Unit is established

2008 School of Applied Sciences is commissioned

2009 Mr. J. F. Odartey Blankson is appointed as the University’s second Registrar

Human Resources Directorate is created.

Centre for International Relations & Programmes is inaugurated

2011 School of Graduate Studies is established

William Ofori-Atta Institute of Integrity [WOAII] is instituted

The historic migration of the University from Mataheko to Miotso begins 2012

2012 Prof. Kwesi Yankah is appointed as the third President of the University

2013 Faculty of Law is inaugurated

Three lecture-series: Distinguished Speaker Series, Professorial Inaugural Lectures and Annual Colloquia are instituted.

CU’s Schools and Faculties commence the first Annual Colloquia Series

Prof. Adigun Agbaje begins the Distinguished Speaker Series with the topic “Electoral Politics and the Travails of Democracy” in Africa.

2014
  • The second and third lectures of the Distinguished Speakers Series are delivered by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Prof.Kwesi Botchwey on the respective topics: “Restoring the Value of the Cedi” and “The State of the Nation’s Political Economy”.
  • The first Professorial Inaugural Lecture is given by Prof. Kwaku Appiah-Adu on the topic “A Framework for Oil & Gas Development in Ghana”.
  • The University receives the Socrates Award [Oxford] for Best University & Best Manager
  • 2015 – The Head of State Awards for Academic Excellence [Tertiary] is conferred on the University
2016
  • The University is awarded a Presidential Charter as a fully-fledged University
  • The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kwesi Yankah is awarded Laureate for Education in Ghana by Impact Africa Summit.
2017
  • Prof Bill Buenar Puplampu is appointed Ag. Vice Chancellor
  • School of Pharmacy, School of Architecture and Design and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences are established.

Organisation[edit]

The University has four schools and two faculties

Faculty of Law[edit]

This is the newest school established at the Miotso campus.

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)

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 Miosto campus.[8][9]

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences[edit]

This is the third school created. It is located on the Dawhenya campus.[9] It was established in October 2006)[4]

  • Department of Communication Studies
  • Department of Environment and Development Studies
  • Department of English Language
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of French

Graduate School of Business[edit]

  • 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 CU. Miotso is 58.2 km away from Accra Central. This permanent campus accommodates the Central Business School(CBS), the School of Applied Sciences (SAS), the Faculty of Law and The Faculty of art and social science. 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 Graduate School Campus[edit]

This campus houses 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.

Kumasi Campus[edit]

The Kumasi campus is located at Calvary Charismatic Church (CCC) close to the KNUST and Ayigya Police Station.

Affiliations[edit]

University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

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 to 2017
  • Prof. Bill Buenar Puplampu - 2017 to date

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)

List of notable alumni[edit]

  • Nathan Kwabena Adisi,Ace broadcaster,Starr FM
  • Dr. Frank Boateng PhD, Lecturer & Enterprise Risk Strategist
  • Yvonne Nelson, renowned African actress
  • Amoako Aduhene Richard, Entrepreneur.
  • Fianko Bossman a.k.a Chase, renowned Ghanaian musician.
  • Jeffery Forson, upcoming Ghanaian model and actor.
  • Josh Laryea, renowned gospel musician.
  • Min Kels Bliss, renowned gospel musician.
  • Emmanuel Amofah

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABOUT US | International Central Gospel Church – Hosanna Temple – Teshie, Accra, Ghana". www.icgchosannatemple.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Central University College. - Central University". www.central.edu.gh. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Central University College – All About Us". Official Website. Central University College. Archived from the original on 6 April 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  4. ^ a b "CENTRAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE – SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES". Official Website. Central University College. Retrieved 13 March 2007.
  5. ^ "Mensah Otabil". Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  6. ^ National Accreditation Board
  7. ^ Jasmine, Arku. "Central University College - Charting a new agenda - Graphic Online - | 2016". Graphic Online. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Central University College,Miotso Campus". Foursquare. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  9. ^ a b "COURSE OUTLINES AND DESCRIPTIONS". Official Website. Central University College. Archived from the original on 6 April 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  10. ^ "Accredited Institutions – University Colleges". National Accreditation Board. Archived from the original on 19 October 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2007.
  11. ^ "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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