Stephen Asante, GNA
Kumasi, Aug 16, GNA – Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah,
the Trade and Industry Minister, has asked the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology (KNUST) to take steps to subject its curricula
development to industrial peer review.
He said it was critical to involve experts
and other experienced people to come out with practical-based and demand-driven
Addressing senior members of the university
at a summer school in Kumasi, he noted that university education generally
should be more of problem-solving.
The Minister underlined that the
universities needed to deepen their collaboration with the private sector to
produce well-resourced graduates, who would be readily absorbed by industry.
That was the path to travel to substantially
reduce the graduate unemployment and aid the nation to catch up with the rest
of the world, he added.
“Strengthening the linkage amongst academia,
industry and government” was the theme for the programme, held under the
auspices of the KNUST Quality Assurance and Planning Unit” was the theme for
the three-day programme.
The wide range of topics discussed included
“The role of industry in curriculum development”, “Perception of industry about
academia”, “Improving quality and relevance of tertiary education in Ghana”,
“Competency-based learning” and “Building stronger universities: the
post-graduate education and training pathway”.
The summer school had been planned to
provide the platform for the staff and key stakeholders in education and
industry to brainstorm – identify and define the way forward to address the
country’s development challenges.
It brought together in excess of 2, 000
participants drawn from state-owned and private universities and the
polytechnics, civil society organizations (CSOs) and industry.
Dr. Spio-Gabrah gave the assurance that the
government would continue to support the university by way of the provision of
vital logistics and funding.
Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, the
Vice-Chancellor, said they were determined to sustain the conversation with
industry – to exchange ideas to bring efficiency into their operations.