Chief Executive Officer of the Atta-Mills Institute Koku Anyidoho has eulogised the late Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills for establishing the University of Health and Allied Sciences.
He said the establishment of the school is one of the major achievements of his former boss.
He noted that originally, the school was to get 11 schools with 10 currently operational since its inception.
Koku Anyidoho commended the school for the success they have chalked over the years.
He said the recent events to climax the 10th-anniversary celebration, speaker after speaker, the late Prof. Atta Mills was eulogised for his contribution to education, leadership, and governance.
He expressed gratitude to UHAS for especially inviting the Atta-Mills Institute to join the 10th Anniversary Activities.
By Special Invitation, the Atta-Mills Institute (AMI), joined the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), in Ho, to mark the 10th Anniversary of the setting up of the University by President John Evans Atta-Mills.
Founder and CEO of AMI, Andy Kankam, Chief of Staff of AMI, are playing the lead role in representing the Institute.
In appreciation of the visionary leadership of the late President in establishing a unique public University in the Volta Region which is configured for the training of Allied Sciences Health students, UHAS has for the past 6 years been honouring the memory President John Evans Atta-Mills with Annual Memorial Lectues.
The Foundational Vice Chancellor, Professor Binka, gave a detailed history about how the visionary thinking of President Atta-Mills started a dream that has now become a reality.
Professor John Owusu Gyapong, also paid glowing tribute to President Atta-Mills for the stoic manner in which he breathed life into the establishment of UHAS, and spoke about how far the University has come in establishing 10 out of the 11 Colleges mandated in the , Act, which established the University.
Professor Gyapong spoke lucidly about UHAS has grown rapidly in stature to be ranked as the 3rd University in Ghana, after the University of Ghana, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
UHAS was established by an Act of Parliament (Act 828), which received presidential approval in December 2011. Sod was cut for the construction of the main campus. Followed by full operation in September 2021 with 154 students.
The school was established to train healthcare professionals of Ghana and West Africa with a vision “to become a pre-eminent research and practically oriented health educational institution dedicated to community service.”
With over 4000 students currently, the University runs both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in six (6) schools and one (1) institute, namely; the School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Midwifery, School of Public Health, School of Pharmacy and Institute of Health Research.
Others are the School of Sports and Exercise Medicine, School of Dentistry, Institute of Medical Education, and Institute of Traditional and Alternative Medicine.
The university, which is presently one of the best in the country; was recently ranked second best in Ghana and 36th in Africa by AD Scientific Index in the World Scientist and University Rankings 2021, beating KNUST, UCC, and GIMPA, among other universities.