REGENT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
7TH MATRICULATION, 2ND MARCH, 2012
SHORT ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT & FOUNDER, REV. PROF. EMMANUEL K. LARBI
Mr Guest Speaker, Mr Roland Agambire
Management, Faculty & Staff
Members of the Press Corps
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
I welcome you all to this evening’s matriculation ceremony, an event that will formally admit
almost 600 fresh students into this great institution, to pursue various degree programmes.
In spite of our modest fee structure, and related flexible terms of payment, there are several
other students who would have wished to enrol in this great institution but are unable to do so
simply because they just don’t have the money to pay. In our nation today, apart from the
SSNIT loan scheme which is inadequate, there is no other broad-based scheme that enables the
poor but capable student to finance his or her university education.
Unlike years gone by, our nation today can boast of over 68* accredited degree awarding
institutions; all combined, should be able to absorb all qualified students who want to pursue
university education. The challenge therefore is no longer the problem of lack of space to
admit these qualified students; rather, it is the problem of prospective students’ inability to pay
the required fees. This challenge applies both to the private universities as well as the public
It is to this end that a call has been made for the establishment of a bank that will specialise,
among other things, in the granting of soft loans with flexible terms of payment to individuals
to finance their education. The same banks can also grant similar soft loans to educational
institutions, to enable them expand.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen: The development of the human resource requirement of
a nation requires collective responsibility with the central government playing a more dynamic
role. For our nation to move forward, and also for us to consolidate our democracy, it is
imperative that anyone, from the primary to the university level, who is brilliant but needy,
must be supported at all cost to have quality education. Our failure to do this will result in the
massive waste of human capital and a loss of productive asset to our nation and our continent
as a whole.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the matriculants that have assembled here today, are
here precisely because they hope that with quality education, their lives will be better, and they
will be able to take charge of their own destinies and create a better world for themselves and
As a nation, we need to work together to erase the wrong perception that though the country
belongs to all of us, only few people can prosper or live a decent life while working or
practicing their vocations or professions in this country. The leaders of this nation need to do
everything possible to erase the wrong perception that it is only when we enter into partisan
politics, or are associated with certain power structures, or are involved in some shady deals, or
travel outside our own continent, that we will become prosperous or be able to acquire certain
basic necessities of life.
We need to create an enabling environment, and demonstrate that every Ghanaian, or every
African for that matter, who works hard in this country, or elsewhere on this continent, and
applies the best practices, would be able to live a decent life and be able to fully fulfil his or her
As an institution, our vision is clear; we are determined, by the help of God, to release into our
nation, and other nations of the world, a vanguard of purpose-driven, cadet of professionals
and academics who will be committed to the holistic renewal of our great land and our great
continent. We are committed to the mandate God gave Adam and Eve, our progenitors (Gen.
1:26-28). We believe this mandate is given to every member of the human race. We are
therefore committed to the mandate to be fruitful and productive; we are committed to the
mandate to rule our environment and make it habitable; we are committed to the mandate to
subdue or put our environment under our control, harnessing its resources for our collective
We believe that because of this mandate, we as a people, have God given capacity to overcome
the seemingly intractable challenges that have bedevilled the development of our nation and
our continent. We, think, however, that this can be possible if we put premium on relevant
quality education, and the raising of effective leaders imbued with vision and passion for
It is to this end that we are today, 2nd March, 2012, formally accepting you into this University.
By accepting to be a student in this institution, you are voluntarily identifying yourself with the
Mission and Vision of Regent University. You are agreeing with us that you will be a loyal
member of this university; you are making a commitment to fully employ all your God-given
faculties, through the help of God, to study diligently and to dedicate yourself to all that is
required to prepare you to play a proper role in the realization of the vision to raise effective,
confident, visionary, ethical leaders for Africa, and for our world.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, this is where we belong, all of us. And this is what we
THANK YOU, AND MAY OUR GOOD LORD BLESS US ALL.
*The details are as follows:
1. Existing Public Universities 6
2. Public/Professional, degree awarding institutions 7
3. Regionally Owned University 1
4. Chartered Private Tertiary Institutions 3
5. Private Tertiary Institutions 35
6. Distance Learning Institutions 4
7. Tutorial Colleges 8