History Of Catholic University College of Ghana CUCG
The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) conceived the idea of establishing CUCG in 1997. The Launch of CUCG Fund took place in Accra on 20th December, 2001. The then President of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ghana, His Eminence Peter Cardinal Appiah-Turkson, made public the decision of the GCBC for the establishment of CUCG on 15th January, 2002.
The Catholic University College received its certificate of incorporation on 17th August, 2001. The University College is affiliated to the University of Ghana, Legon. The National Accreditation Board (NAB) granted CUCG the right to start university programmes in December 2002. Currently, the Catholic University College is also affiliated to the University of Cape Coast for its Bachelor and Post-graduate degrees as well as Diploma Certificate in Education programmes. The BSc Actuarial Science degree programmes will also be awarded by the University of Cape Coast.
The first batch of fifty (50) pioneer students of the Catholic University College reported at the Pastoral Centre of the Sunyani Catholic Diocese on 3rd March, 2003. The CUCG officially commenced lectures on 10th March, 2003 in three Faculties: Economics and Business Administration; Religious Studies; and Information Communication Sciences and Technology. The degree programmes the University started were BSc. Computer Science, BSc. Economics and Business Administration, and BA Religious Studies.
The pioneer students were matriculated on 3rd May 2003. The second batch of 32 students was admitted on 3rd November, 2003. His Excellency, John Agyekum Kuffour, officially commissioned the University on 13th November, 2003. His Eminence Cardinal Ivan Dias performed the laying of the Foundation Stone ceremony on 25th April, 2007 at the University Campus at Fiapre-Sunyani.
The Chancellor of Catholic University College is His Eminence Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson. Prof. Daniel Obeng-Ofori is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University with Mr. Kofi Asuman as the current Registrar. The Finance Officer is Mr. Justice R. A. Ayam.
Professor Michael Schultheis became the President of CUCG from 2003 to 2007 academic years. Rev. Msgr. Albert Kuuire was the first Registrar (2003-2007), Mr. Ernest Kweku Appiah Odoom was the Second Registrar (2008-2012) and Mr. Frank Yeboah was the Third Registrar (2013-2014) of the Catholic University College. Mr. Agana Banga became the first Finance Officer. The Out-gone Chairman of Board of Trustees (BOT) was Most Rev. Joseph Osei Bonsu. The Vice-Chairman was Sir. Dr. K. Donkoh Fordwor.
The following members constituted the old Board of Trustees of the University College: Archbishop (Emeritus) Akwasi Sarpong, Bishop Joseph Kweku Essien, Bishop Francis Lodonu and Bishop Paul Bemile. The rest are: Prof. Ebow Mensah, Prof. Alexander A. Kwapong, Prof. Kofi Kumado, Mr. Paul Kumahor, Rev. Fr. Gervase Angsotinege, Rev. Sr. Regina Kampo and Mrs. Cecilia Koufie. Mr. Ernest Kweku Appiah Odoom was the Registrar/Secretary to the BOT.
Currently, the following personalit ies form the new Board of Trustees (BOT) in other words, Governing Council (GC) with Most Rev. Philip Naameh as the Chairman. The Vice-Chairman is Mrs. Juliana Amonoo-Neizer. The rest of the members include: Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Dr. Yaw Nsiah Peprah, Sir Dr. Kwame Donkoh Fordwor, Msgr. John Opoku Agyemang, Prof. Daniel Obeng-Ofori, Rev. Sr. Elizabeth Amoako-Arhen, Sir Dave Anane Druyey, Mad. Nancy Florence Amapong Yelpoe, and Mr. Kofi Asuman as Registrar/Secretary in Attendance.
Sunyani Diocese, under the able leadership of the late Bishop Kwadwo Owusu, offered a temporary site for the commencement of the institution. The Catholic University started its programmes at the Sunyani Diocesan Pastoral Centre with a six-classroom block for lectures, an Assembly Hall and a small canteen for provision of food and other services.
The two other blocks housed the following: the Administrative and Academic staff, Library, Computer Laboratory and the Chaplaincy. With strength of fifteen (15) academic and fourteen (14) administrative and supporting staff in March 2003, the University now has labour force of over two hundred (200). The University started with 50 pioneer students in 2003. Currently, Catholic University College has student population of over (2,900) for the 2015/2016 academic year.
Development on campus:
After the foundation stone laying ceremony on 25th April, 2007 by Cardinal Ivan Diaz, the dream of moving to the permanent site came alive. The founding fathers committed huge investments in realizing that dream. In the beginning of 2008/2009 academic year, the activities of the University started at the permanent campus under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. James Hawkins Ephraim. Though challenging and under very trying moments, the enthusiasm and cooperation of both staff and student was very commendable.
Serious attention is being focused on the infrastructural development of the campus to commensurate with the ever increasing student population with equally efficient, dynamic and experienced academic and administrative staff to impart holistic education to our beloved students. Current facilities include: a two-storey Resource Centre consisting of two large lecture theatres, three computer laboratories, a Library Complex and some offices for the Deans and lecturers; as well as a two-story Lecture Blocks “A” and “B”. The Newest Block ‘C’ is the Administration Block. The University has also commissioned two clusters of three-story hostels with over 1,000 student capacity.
Catholic University College used to run Full-time, Night and Weekend schedules.However, currently the University College runs programmes on regular and weekend basis. The majority of the students are Ghanaians with Brong-Ahafo leading the regional balance with over 1000 students. Predominantly Catholics by faith, there are other religious denominations including Pentecostal, charismatics, orthodox and Muslim students. CUCG has international students from Nigeria, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, etc. pursing degree programmes in Five Faculties with variety of programme options available. …. Read more