Some of the graduates
The Rector of Takoradi Polytechnic (T-Poly), Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun has revealed that the African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided the polytechnic with an amount of $6.01 million for the execution of 15 specific projects of the institution.
He added that AfDB and the Council for technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET) had engaged a contractor to commence the construction of five out of 15 projects.
He mentioned the five projects as a lecture theatre complex, a mechanical/electrical workshop, a four-storey staff accommodation, a library and an Information communication Technology (ICT) complex.
“All these projects will be executed on a 152-acre plot of land at Akatenkyi in the Ahanta West District of the Western region under the first phase of the projects,” he added.
The T-Poly Rector revealed this at the 15th congregation of the polytechnic where degrees and diplomas were awarded to a total of 3,256 people.
Out of the number, 65 graduated with Bachelor of Technology degrees, 3,146 for Higher National Diplomas (HND) and 45 graduates received Competency-Based Training (CBT) Certificates in Civil Engineering.
Out of the 3,146 HND graduands, 67 graduated with First Class, 845 Second Class Upper, 1,074 Second Class Lower and 45 Passes.
Also, five Bachelor of Technology Degree graduands had First Class, 42 with Second Class Upper, 17 obtained Second Class Lower and one pass.
He noted that the polytechnic had signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with universities in China to give full scholarship to academic staff to pursue various PhD programmes.
He pointed out that 10 staff of T-Poly were expected to benefit this year.
The rector mentioned that the polytechnic was ready to be converted into technical university come September, this year.
He added that T-poly was poised to reposition itself as a strategic institution for the training of highly skilled humans to drive economic growth.
He stated that “plans are far advanced to establish a printing press, rejuvenate the driving school, commercialize the autotronic centre and re-tool other production units to serve as income generation ventures for the polytechnic.”
He also announced that the polytechnic was also in the process of upgrading its clinic into a hospital with state-of-the-art facilities to deliver quality healthcare to members of the polytechnic community.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi