The proposal for WA Campus of University for Development Studies to be an Autonomous University was approved by Cabinet.
The School will now be referred to as University for Business and Integrated Development Studies (UBIDS).
The President bemoaned the infrustrusture deficit in the school and assured that as part of his birthday, he will provide the campus with a Multi Purpose Lecture Hall to boost Learning and Research.
The president was Addressing Graduands on the 19th Congregation of the University.
He added that the Tamale Campus will maintain the Same Name University for Development Studies whilst the Navrongo Campus will be called University of Technology and Applied Science after the Parliamentary processes have been completed.
A group of concerned youth calling themselves “Save WA UDS Group” Earlier this Month 3rd November 2018 went on a demonstration to express distaste with how realignment of courses affected the university’s intake and called for swift actions to be taken.
UDS CAMPUSES TO BECOME
The government has constituted a 10 – member committee to work to convert the Nyankpala, Navrongo and Wa campuses of the University for Development Studies (UDS), into autonomous universities.
The move, amongst others, is to expand access to quality tertiary education in the country.
Dr Christine Amoako-Nuamah, a senior member in government, announced this when she led some members of the committee, during a courtesy call on Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, Northern Regional Minister at his office in Tamale on Monday.
The meeting was to inform the Regional Minister about the mission of the committee in the region, which was to hold consultations with authorities of the UDS at its campuses on the issue of converting the three campuses into autonomous universities.
The 10 – member committee is composed of officials from the National Council for Tertiary Education, Ghana Technology University College, amongst other relevant institutions.
Dr Amoako-Nuamah expressed satisfaction that the three campuses of the UDS were well established, and said, as a result, they should be converted into autonomous universities within the next one year.
She said there would be the need for amendment of some of the laws and statutes of UDS to pave way for the conversion.
Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru underscored the importance of education in the development of the country, and gave the assurance that the Regional Coordinating Council would help to ensure the success of the exercise.
The University for Development Studies which was established some 20 years ago has four campuses located in Tamale, and Nyankpala in the Northern Region, Navrongo in the Upper East Region, and Wa in the Upper West Region.