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Mar 11, 2018 190times

Catalysts for National Development

The Technical Universities require modern practical training centres and facilities in support of their mission.

Technical Universities are catalysts for national development

The Chairman of Sunyani Technical University Council, Ing. Dr. Kwame Agyeman Boakye has observed that giving the needed attention and support, technical universities could be major promoters and catalysts for national development.

Speaking at the 10th Congregation Ceremony of Sunyani Technical University where 1,605 students passed out. He noted that “technical universities are expected to offer students training which is practically oriented in specific disciplines that would mould them into resourceful entrepreneurs who can create private jobs rather than relying on government for employment.”

According to him, these institutions are strategically positioned throughout the country and could become “the technology nodes for our national development.”

Ing. Dr. Boakye said if “Properly oriented, they could be major promoters and catalysts for government’s 1X1Y, i.e., One-District, One-Factory, One-Village, One-Dam, One-Household, One-Toilet, etc.”

In order to realize their objectives, Dr. Boakye stated that Technical Universities must be appropriately resourced and supported.

“Among others, the Technical Universities require modern practical training centres and facilities in support of their mission. Beyond the provision of facilities, it would be desirable and beneficial for industries to give our lecturers and students opportunities for industrial attachments during holidays and also plan visits during the semester”

He was of the view that in order for Technical Universities to be innovative and try new approaches as part of efforts to incorporate technology and development in their operations, their Governing Councils would require “some level of autonomy”, adding that “any attempt to centralize control must be tempered since it is likely to stifle innovation.”

“On this score, let me note that the regulatory agencies may have to develop their own innovative ways in addressing the issues of the Technical Universities in order not to defeat the very aims they were set up to achieve. For example, it is important that processes for approval of new programmes be speeded up”, the Council Chairman emphasized.

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