The President of the Data Link Institute, Prof. Jacob Jonas Nortey, has urged newly-admitted students of the Institute to take their studies seriously and begin to work hard from the very beginning of their four-year course of study.
Dr. Nortey, who was speaking at the 11th matriculation of the Institute, said the most important start the new students could offer their academic life was to do serious planning of the use of time and commit their plans to God, adding that although they ought to enjoy the pleasure of university life, that pleasure should not be gotten at the expense of the educational goals they had set themselves.
He said Data Link Institute had the right environment—spiritual, physical and academic—and that the new students should aim high, dream their plans and achieve their dreams of a bright and desirable future.
He pledged the commitment of the Faculty, staff and administration to ensuring that students were equipped with the best of tertiary education as well as skills and the appropriate entrepreneurial spirit to enable them find the desired vocations or become employers, rather than become mere qualified job seekers.
For her part, Mrs Ingrid Ansah, Vice President, Data Link Institute, urged the freshmen and women to support each other in the four-year journey.
Mrs. Ansah said the four-year course of study was bound to be an experience that would enhance their capabilities, adding that the future of the students was in their own hands.
In all, a total of 143 students were matriculated to become junior members of the Institute. Data Link Institute, an affiliate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (KNUST), is a tertiary institution that offers programs leading to the award of degrees and certificates in various disciplines.
It also provides tuition for students interested in acquiring Ordinary and Advanced Diploma from external examination bodies and institutions. The Institute, which takes its origin from Data Link Limited (DLL) which operated as a charitable educational enterprise, was founded in 1933 by Mr Ansah and Mrs Ingrid Ansah.
The Institute received authorization from the National Accreditation Board in 2006 to operate as a university college, with the right to provide tertiary education in Ghana.
With a total staff position of 19, comprising 11 on full time, six on part time and two non-teachings, the Institute offers the Bachelor of Science degrees in computer Science and Information Systems as well as Business Administration with specializations in Accounting, Banking and Finance.
Currently, the Institute has Prof. Jacob Jonas Nortey (President), Mrs. Ingrid Ansah (Vice President), Rev. B.I. Adu-Okoree (Registrar), Mr. Patrick Gbagona (University Librarian) and Stephen A. Otumfuo (Accountant), as its principal officers while Dr. Kenneth Kwaku presides over the 12-member Council of the Institute.
Meanwhile, the Institute has acquired a seven square mile piece of land near Doryumu along the Akosombo-Tema trunk road for the construction of a permanent campus while, in the interim, it operates on three campuses with the Tema campus as main while the Ho and Takoradi campuses serve as pre-universities only.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)