Foreign Students Invade KNUST

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SCORES OF foreign students have trooped to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi to study the Doctor of Pharmacy Programme (‘PharmD,’) which the university has started.

The Vice Chancellor of the KNUST, Prof. Otoo Ellis, who made the announcement, disclosed that the students are mainly from about twelve countries, especially in the West African sub-region, including Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire.

He expressed delight over how foreign students are trooping to KNUST to study the ‘PhamD’ programme, which had been structured in a manner to make the students learn all the modern techniques and innovations in pharmacy.

Prof. Otoo Ellis was speaking when top gurus from the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana and the Pharmacy Council visited KNUST to assess the programme.

KNUST introduced ‘PharmD,’ which is a six-year programme at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences about four years ago and the first batch of trainees are expected to graduate in two years time.

Prof. Ellis announced that the school through its Internal Generated Fund (IGF,) has embarked on massive infrastructural expansion to enable the six-year ‘PhamD’ programme go on smoothly.

He disclosed that a centralized laboratory which boasts of equipment for the training of the students had been constructed at the cost of 6 million Euros and a five-storey block for lectures would soon be completed.


Dennis Sena Awitty, Executive Secretary, Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, stated that he and his team were highly impressed about the professional manner in which KNUST is running the ‘PharmD’ Programme.

He especially expressed joy over the huge infrastructural investments KNUST has made for the programme, saying “We commend you for your vision and boldness to start the programme here on your campus.”

From what he had witnessed, Mr Awitty was confident that the students KNUST would produce could work effectively across the globe after their studies.

The Registrar of Pharmacy Council, Joseph Nyoagbe, on his part, said he was short of words over what he had seen, predicting that the school would produce exceptional students.

 FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi