By A.B. Kafui Kanyi, GNA
Ho, Oct. 13, GNA – Professor Ben
Q. Honyenuga, newly inducted first Vice-Chancellor of Ho Technical University
(HTU) has pledged to expand existing international collaborations and move
research in the University from the cradle to the international level.
He said he would provide quality leadership,
promote research and practical innovations to reposition the University as the
reference point of Technical Vocational Training and Education (TVET) in Ghana
Prof. Honyenuga said this at his investiture as the
first Vice-Chancellor of the Ho Technical University in Ho.
He said the University would organise series of
capacity building with the formation of intra and inter disciplinary research
teams to address technical and vocational challenges facing the world.
Prof. Honyenuga said his administration would
promote collegiality among staff and faculty and run HTU as an
“entrepreneurial university” with the institution providing
commercial services to its community as a source of student practical training
and income generation for the University.
He called for unity among staff and faculty,
saying, the future of HTU looked bright but dependent on support for each other
and cautioned against indiscipline and negative publicity.
Professor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in charge
of tertiary education commended Prof. Honyenuga on his appointment and said the
educational landscape of the country was fast changing in response to critical
needs of society and challenged Technical Universities to chart news path of
research and innovation distinct from other universities.
He charged Prof. Honyenuga to build the foundation
and future of Ho Technical University, “whose vision carved a niche and
led to the blossoming of Ghana’s hospitality industry…”
Prof. Yankah urged the Vice-Chancellor and
management not to relent on discipline, without which academic excellence could
not be meaningfully determined.
Prof. Emmanuel James Flolu, Chairman of Council, HTU,
said the appointment of Prof. Honyenuga was historic and blessing to the
University because it was the first time an internal faculty was appointed as
the academic and administrative head of the institution.
He asked the staff and students of the University
to support Prof. Honyenuga to succeed because his “office is the
embodiment of the soul of the University,” and pledged the support of the
The colourful event attracted people from the
academia, politicians, traditional and religious leaders.