Osei K.Darkwa, President of Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), has said the College had established a first class cybercrime laboratory in the country to train experts in forensic computing.
He said the College is the only institution in the country and the sub-region offering a programme in forensic computing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr Darkwa said this during the 4th Congregation where 554 graduates comprising of 407 undergraduates and 145 post-graduate were honoured after participating in various programmes at the College.
He said the college together with the ‘Learning Nugget’ launched its 10 tablet computer called “ the GTUC Campus Companion” which integrates a virtual learning management system, cloud-based multimedia content management application and solutions from Safari online and Google applications to provide a comprehensive portfolio of learning sources.
He said the College was established in 1945 as telecom training facility by the British till in 1994 when it became a training centre of Ghana Telecom and attained accreditation as a University College in 2006.
Dr Darkwa said the College has positioned itself as a place of quality and distinction in a field that is increasingly competitive, offering professional development programmes and quality tertiary programmes at all levels.
He said the College which is affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Aalborg University in Denmark, and Coventry University in the United Kingdom, has a student population of 3600 distributed across its three core faculties and these are engineering, informatics and Information Technology business.
Dr Darkwa said a course website has been created to facilitate the GTUC virtual campus project since their goal is to harness the teaching and learning powers of the new information and communication technologies.
Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, commended the graduates for the successful completion of their programmes.
She said unemployment put most of the youth at risk, deepened alienation and loosened social cohesion and that self employment and entrepreneurship should become viable options. She said the participation of the private sector in tertiary education created a unique opportunity to close perceived gaps in both the program and methodologies that have calcified into tradition in the older state universities.
Prof Agyemang said part of the solution lies in a mindset that engenders self confidence and an unbridled belief to succeed in whatever one decides to do, to translate dreams from possibilities through to realities. She urged the graduates to anticipate and effectively respond to societal changes, take calculated risks, initiative and responsibility while increasing the capacity for active citizenship.
Presentation of awards and prizes were given to students who distinguished themselves in their various disciplines.