Pentecost University College (PUC) has received a Presidential Charter making it a full-fledged University that will now be able to award its own degrees rather than through an affiliate University as required of all private Universities without a charter.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented the Charter Certificate to the university on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at a brief presentation ceremony at the Jubilee House.
In his address, President Akufo-Addo commended Pentecost University for the hard work done over the years to merit the status of an independent institution of higher learning.
President Akufo-Addo indicated that Pentecost University has met the stringent requirements under regulation 20, clause 2, of the tertiary institutions regulations, 2010, LI 1984, “which enjoins the board to consider the following before a charter is granted; a. The length of the period which shall not be less than ten (10) years within which the applicant has successfully operated under the supervision of a mentoring institution, b. The governance structure of the applicant, c. The quality of teaching, research, academic staff and work of the applicant, d. The financial, material and teaching facilities and resources at the disposal of or owned by the applicant and e. Other factors that the board determined to be appropriate.”
He, however, admonished the institution not to rest on its oars but to justify its new status as a Chartered University by maintaining the standards that have elevated it to a full-fledged tertiary institution.
“The University should bear in mind that it will be closely monitored especially in the areas of concern outlined by the National Accreditation Board,” President Akufo-Addo said.
“As a chartered institution, I urge you to continue to improve and introduce more innovative programmes and course that will equip your students with the requisite skills and competencies needed to develop our country and transform progressively the economy,” the President added.
Apostle Dr Daniel Okyere Walker, the Rector of Pentecost University, who received the charter certificate on behalf of the University, thanked the Lord for His faithfulness towards the university and The Church of Pentecost. He also thanked the President and the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the National Accreditation Board and all who made this feat possible.
He also acknowledged the Chancellor of the University and Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, under whose leadership the university has chalked such a momentous milestone.
The Rector also dedicated the success to all past Chairmen of The Church of Pentecost, past rectors, as well as past and present staff and students of the university whose contributions has helped to propel the university to such a commendable height.
He assured the President that Pentecost University would continue to pursue excellence stating that “The vision of Pentecost University is to become the Number One faith-based university in Africa that will develop transformational leaders for Ghana, Africa and the world at large.”
Among those present to witness the historic event were the immediate-past Chairman of the church and first Rector of Pentecost University, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyiah (Rtd.), and Apostle Prof. Peter Ohene Kyei (Rtd.), immediate-past Pentecost University Rector.
Also present were the General Secretary of the church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, Vice-Rector of the university, Elder Prof. K. B. Omane Antwi, the Chairperson of University’s Council, Her Ladyship Elizabeth Ankumah, the University’s Registrar, Mr Foster Amoani, and the wife of the Rector, Mrs Irene Walker.
At the same event, the All Nations University College (ANUC), a private institution of higher learning located at Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana, also received a presidential charter.