Vice-Chancellor tasks technical universities to solve development challenges

Dennis Peprah, GNA 

Sunyani, Sept. 28, GNA
– Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, the Vice Chancellor of the Sunyani
Technical University (STU), has called on technical universities to lead the
national industrialisation drive and find solutions to challenges impeding
national progress.

He said technical
universities must be in the position to contribute positively to make the
government’s flagship programmes such as the ‘One-District-One-Factory (1D1F)’,
‘Ghana beyond Aid’ and the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs)’ to achieve meaningful

Speaking at the maiden
colloquium of the University in Sunyani, Prof Adinkrah-Appiah said with the
available concepts of science, engineering, technology and innovation,
technical universities would be blamed if the 1D1F and the PfFJs programmes
fail to achieve desired results.

The academic meeting,
which was attended by Heads of Departments, Deans, faculty staff and students
of the University, was aimed at sensitising the participants on its key
responsibilities as a university.

It was held under the
theme: “Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable
National Development”.

Prof Adinkrah-Appiah
said the Technical Universities Act, 2016, (Act, 922) tasked the universities
to provide not only higher education in science and related courses, but use
technology and innovations to push forward national development agenda.

The key objectives for
the establishment of technical universities in the country are to promote
engineering, technical and vocational education training, based on skills
development and technology transfer for wealth creation and employment
opportunities to contribute to socio-economic development, he said.

Prof Adinkrah-Appiah
urged the universities to recognise their mandate of imparting practical skills
training and critical thinking to students and called on students and graduates
to understand that the country is looking up to them for solutions to national

Dr Kwame
Agyenim-Boateng, the Chair of the STU Governing Council, said the Council was
determined to provide strategic direction to management to ensure that the
University achieved its core mandate through the periodic organisation of
programmes to build the capacity of its staff.

He said since the
bedrock of any nation’s development depended largely on its advancement in
science and technology, there is the need for technical universities to remain
innovative and churn out graduates with high critical thinking to help identify
solutions to national challenges.

The difference between
the developed and developing nations, he said, was attributable to the
advancement in technology, engineering, science and innovations saying it is
imperative for Ghana and Africa to invest in that direction.

Mr Emmanuel Kwaku
Asiedu, a renowned engineer and inventor, said technical universities and
graduates have failed the nation and the entire continent.

He said with the
application of science and technology most of the problems in Ghana and the
continent could easily be solved and urged the universities to collaborate and
come out with new innovations and creative ideas that would help address
development challenges.


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