The Vice Chancellor of University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Prof. Harrison K. Dapaah is admonishing fresh students to shun deviant behaviours in their pursuit of  academic excellence.

Speaking at the 7th matriculation ceremony of the university to admit 2637 fresh students into the university for the 2018/19 academic year, the crop scientist noted for every individual to excel in education, one needs to be discipline and law abiding.

"you need to be regular in attendance to lectures, carrying out all your assignments, shunning deviant behaviours and other vices that can expose you to other dangers. This university has zero tolerance for occultism, any form of hooliganism and corruption. There are three types of crimes which when commuted in this university will result in outright dismissal and possible prosecution by the police. These are Cheating during examination, stealing and physical or sexual assault." he observed.

He however entreated students who are endowed with any sporting or cultural talent not to hesitate in exploring it. He noted the university is working tirelessly to provide infrastructural edifices to support such persons.   

"I also appeal to those of you who are good in sports to identify yourselves with the Sports Directorate of the university. this is because sports along with academic results in all round development of student. The University is working hard towards providing facilities that will help in developing sports and recreational activities on campus. This will help our students win prizes during competitions" Prof Dapaah advised'

The university just like any other institution is saddled with one challenge or the other. Prof says "a number of projects which could have put a total of 24 lecture rooms at the disposal of the University have come to a standstill. These include 2 storey lecture block under constrution by Messrs Asib Ltd, 4 Storey lecture block by Rinacand Limited and the South Wing hostel capacity under construction by Messrs  Asumadu and the construction of permanent facilities at the Dormaa Ahenkro to house the School of Agriculture and Technology. The completion of these facilities on our campuses, will go a long way to address both residential and classroom accommodation challenges facing our students".

 The university was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 830 in 2011 as an autonomous University to train critical minds needed for the energy and natural resources sector of the economy. The government handed over the facilities of the Faculty of Forest Resources Technology of KNUST in Sunyani to the UENR as its nucleus campus.

This year's freshers are made up of 2117 undergraduates, 224 Master of Philosophy and Doctoral, and 296 weekend students. Out of this number, 741 representing 28 percent are females while 1896 are males representing 72 percent. This number brings the total student population to 6501.

With a staff strength of 561, the university runs seven academic programmes (School of Agriculture and Technology, School of Engineering, School of Geo-Sciences, School of Sciences, School of Natural Resources, School of Graduate Studies).

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