Welcome to Evening Schools
The University of Professional Studies Evening School Programme is a specifically designed programme which takes students through a number of Business modules to Diploma and Degree programmes. It is flexible: it enables students to study and achieve some level of specialization in areas of particular interest to them, and to progress at their preferred pace. It also offers a supportive environment in which mature students can fulfill their academic and intellectual potential. WHO CAN ENROLL? IS IT YOU? – WE HOPE SO . . .
The Evening School Programmes are designed for those thinking about returning to study later in life and those who are so busy and hitherto will not get the opportunity to enroll as a regular student. It is for people who have daytime commitments, or perhaps a health condition, which means that part-time study, is the only viable option. It is a programme for adults who have some recent experience of study or who are working in a demanding professional environment where organizational and/or technical skills have been tested. It is for adults who feel they have missed out on higher education but are confident that they can succeed in degree-level studies. It is for mature learners who feel they would work best in a supportive environment, with dedicated staff, alongside other committed students.
Philosophy of the Evening School
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), in the quest to become a Centre of academic excellence, has introduced new programmes and varied sessions (morning, evening and weekend) to meet contemporary socio-economic and human resource challenges. This posturing was consequential to it receiving the Presidential Charter in September, 2008 to award degrees, diplomas and certificates.
The Evening School was created in January 2010 to address the peculiar challenges associated with working and acquiring tertiary education concurrently. In this regard, the Evening School is an avenue for potential candidates of the University’s programmes who cannot make time for regular hours of lectures to take advantage of this window of opportunity to enhance their skills. This decentralization is also to enhance effective management of the University.
The objectives of the Evening School are to:
• Offer the existing academic programmes to prospective applicants (particularly workers) who do not find the lecture hours of the morning session convenient.
• Create the needed conducive environment for adult learning.
• Make UPSA academic programmes more accessible to a good number of people who normally would not have had the opportunity to enhance their personal skills.
THE EVENING DEGREE AT A GLANCE
• Study for a Diploma or Bachelor of Science (General) Degree in 1 – 4 years
• Combine a range of modules and build up your degree programme
• Credit can be given for recent previous learning
• Take classes on evenings
• Academic year begins in August
• Flexible to changes in your circumstances
• Supportive study environment
At the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) we believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit, that education should be available to the widest possible community, and that no student should be denied access to a university education by age, social background or inability to pay. We have enhanced the flexibility of our diploma and undergraduate degree programmes to make participation attractive to everyone in our local communities. Our degree-level classes are run in the evenings to accommodate students with daytime commitments, particularly those who live locally in and around the Greater Accra Region though we have private hostel facilities that accommodate students coming from outside Greater Accra and the country.
We are now able to offer a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Accounting, Banking and Finance degree to students who have taken advantage of the breadth of science modules available to study. Many students who apply acquire credit for earlier qualifications, making it possible to gain a University of Professional Studies degree in a considerably shorter time-frame; our first cohort of Evening Degree students graduated in 2012.
We take pride in the University’s reputation as a caring institution where every student matters, and where excellent undergraduate teaching is a top priority. This is a philosophy we carry into the Evening School programme, and I am delighted to extend a warm invitation to you to explore the opportunities available to experience for yourself the academic environment which makes University of Professional Studies, Accra one of the best universities in Ghana and one of the top institutions in the world.
Dean of the Evening School
University of Professional Studies, Accra