The Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, Dr. Isaac Galyuon has hinted that the Department of Nursing would soon be upgraded into a School to produce capable human resource for the health sector in the country.
He asserted that the upgrading would create more opportunities to health professionals and prospective students to pursue specialized programmes in Nursing.
Dr. Galyuon disclosed this at a ceremony to honour Prof. Kwodjo Ndzeba Eyeson, a former Acting Vice-Chancellor of staff at the Senior Common Room, North Campus. He also pointed out that the Department of Human Biology would roll out a new programme in Forensic Sciences in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Dr. Galyuon noted that the school with the assistance of UCC management the school was redeveloping the University Botanical Garden into a mini-zoological/botanical garden by securing certain plant and animal species. Part of the garden would serve as recreational centre for visitors to enable the garden to reappear in the list of Botanical Gardens Conservation International. He further indicated that a fence wall had been built around the garden to prevent encroachment.
On staff strength, he noted that the School had made tremendous progress over years and could currently boast of academic staff strength of 50 with most of them having doctoral degrees whilst the others were also pursuing PhD programmes.
The Dean mentioned upgrading of laboratories in the school to afford more students practical experience. He stated that the school would soon launch a brochure outlining programmes for prospective students.
He finally advised staff of the school to work assiduously to achieve the vision and mission of the University.