Dr. Mohsen Maarefi, President of the Islamic University College, Ghana [IUCG] has appealed to the Government of Ghana to support IUCG’s quest in obtaining operational license from National Communications Authority for IUCG’s campus-based radio studio.
He said, “The IUCG has a state-of-the-art radio studio set up solely for academic purposes. We have applied to the National Communications Authority for license to enable us operate it. My appeal to you, Your Excellency, is to make a positive intervention on behalf of the IUCG in this regard.”
His request was contained in his welcome address delivered at the 12th Congregation ceremonyon Saturday, 23 April 2016 to climax the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the establishment of the IUCG.
Early on in his address, Dr. Mohsen Maarefi assessed IUCG’s activities by juxtaposing its performance to the IUCG motto, “Knowledge, Faith and Service”.
“Knowledge”, he explained, “is placed first to depict IUCG’s priority in pursuit of knowledge”. It is followed by“Faith to inculcate in our students moral uprightness.” Faith, he opined, “is the most fundamental human value and the root of all virtue and morality”. The last word,“Service”, he added, comes after “knowledge and faith” as the two are prerequisite to delivering quality service.
He went on to liken Knowledge to car headlight and Faithto car Engine, illustrating: “A car can function properly only when it has proper headlight and perfect engine. Without these two pieces of equipment, a car cannot be a safe vehicle for transportation”.
On the overall performance of the University College, Dr. Maarefi judged that, the IUCG has succeeded in training and equipping its students with the skills and knowledge they need to become functional members of society; IUCG has also instilled in them fundamental human values required for one to be morally upright. These attributes thus make IUCG products ever ready to offer quality service to the development of their communities and the nation.
For her part, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang (Minister of Education), after commending IUCG’s role in providing quality tertiary education, reiterated Government’s commitment to ensuring the development of tertiary institutions inGhana. This, she informs,“is to produce quality human resource needed to drive the economic growth of the nation”.
This year’s Congregation/Graduation Ceremony saw 140 students who have successfully completed their various courses of study awarded degrees in Religious Studies, Business Administration, and Communication Studies.
The ceremony, organized under the theme: “ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND MORAL UPRIGHTNESS: 15 YEARS OF IUCG’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATION”, attracted people from academia, political landscape, diplomatic corps, Islamic clerics, and traditional rulers, among others. Renowned personalities amongst them were the Minister of Education, Professor Jane Naana OpokuAgyemang; Ambassador of the I. R. of Iran, Mr. Muhammaad Suleymani; Chairman of the IUCG Council, Dr. Abdul-Majeed Hakim Elahi; Dean of Creative Arts & Technology, Prof. Alhaji Seidu Yakubu Peligah, MP for Karaga, Hon. Alhassan Dandaawa etc.