CATUC STUDENTS FLY OUR FLAG IN GHANA
CATUC students who left the university during the 2016/2017 academic year as a result of the ‘Anglophone Crisis’ which forced us to close our doors for one full academic year, continue to make a name for themselves and for the university wherever they went. Last year, we reported that four of our Accounting Students who went to Siantou in Yaounde graduated among the top five students of their department that year.
Two of our Level 300 and five of our Level 400 Engineering students offering Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering, left Cameroon for Ghana after losing the 2016/2017 academic year. They enrolled at Accra Institute of Technology. At the end of last academic year, three of them graduated with First Class Honours.
It is not for nothing that CATUC prides herself on the quality of her academic and professional training. The Siantou and Accra Institute of Technology experiences are only two of many success stories which ‘catucians’ are narrating about work and study after CATUC.
An official of one of our mentor universities once said that we pick up the students whom they turn away because of poor results and so we cannot produce better quality degree holders than they. Our answer to that was that in education, the environment in which one studies, the pedagogic aids, the number of students per cohort taught, the quality of mentorship and the quality of teaching and learning makes all the difference. That is why people talk of ‘value added’ in education. It has to do with the positive contribution a student’s school makes to their progress relative to other students in similar situations. In other words, it takes account of where each student started from and the progress they made relative to other, similar students. We take average students and make them First Class graduates.
Gladys Doh, one of the students who graduated from Accra Institute of Technology with a First Class, has this to say about her time at CATUC and how it shaped her and paved the way for her glowing success:
I had an amazing journey in CATUC. The lecturers guided me from Level 100 and taught me the basics of engineering and that is still serving me till date. The discipline that CATUC instilled in me helped me to be better prepared for my project work and job application. I remember back in CATUC when we used to complain about the 15 minutes late rule. Some lecturers would not even wait for 15 minutes; as soon as they entered the classroom, no one was allowed to enter after them. I used to be very annoyed with this rule but had no choice but to comply. When we came to Ghana punctuality was a habit in me already. Lecturers here used to compliment us for our punctuality and even at work now my top manager is pleased with the fact that I am always on time at work.
I must say that I was blessed to have a job before I graduated. I work at Vulcan Holdings. They do construction, mechanical and gas pipeline works. And I am grateful to CATUC for shaping my character and helping me to grow spiritually.
Among the other CATUC students with whom I studied in Ghana, some are working, others have private businesses while others are still looking for employment. But we are all looking forward to continue with our Masters Degrees.
CATUC is not only making a name in this country. Our students are excelling in Asia, Europe, America and Canada and in African countries. It takes time for quality to take root, but when it does take root, there is no stopping it. We work daily to keep our quality and our reputation high.