Brand new 61-seater Benz Bus

Management of Sunyani Technical University has acquired a brand new 61-seater Benz bus and repaired one of its old buses to beef up the institution’s fleet of vehicles.

Taking delivery of the new bus from Silver Star Auto Services, the suppliers of the bus, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, explained that management procured the bus as part of efforts to build the capacity of the institution following its conversion from a polytechnic to a university.

He said the coming on board of the new bus and the repaired one will go a long way to facilitate the transportation needs of the university, especially with regards to students’ industrial attachments and internships as well as other academic-related activities.

“Over the years, we have been struggling to get a vehicle that has adequate capacity to bus our students for internships. Mostly we send them to Accra, Tema, and other places….so management decided to get a bigger vehicle so that we can easily convey our students from campus to various industrial points for them to study.”

“We also saw the need to rehabilitate a 66-seater Tata bus to add to the new vehicle that we have procured so these two buses are going to augment the University’s fleet of buses to facilitate the movement of students and staff…. We now have a total of five buses”, the Vice-Chancellor said.

The Chaplain of the University, Rev. Canon Martin Apraku Amankwah prayed over and dedicated the bus as part of the ceremony.

Present at the ceremony were the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Justice Solomon Korantwi-Barimah, the Registrar, Mr. Samuel Ankama Obour, and other officials.

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Master and Strategic Plans Launched

Council chairman calls for Technical Universities to be resourced for industrialization drive

The Chairman of the Sunyani Technical University (STU) Governing Council, Ing. Dr. Kwame Agyeman Boakye has called on government to provide the needed support and orientation to Technical Universities in Ghana to lead government’s industrialization and transformation drive.

He believes that since Ghana’s Technical Universities are strategically positioned throughout the country, they form natural technology nodes for our national development. “However, to make this successful, the Technical Universities must be appropriately managed, directed, resourced and supported”, he emphasized at the official launch of the STU Strategic and Master Plans at a ceremony in Sunyani.

Ing. Dr. Boakye explained that Technical Universities are expected to offer students the requisite practical training in specific disciplines that would mold them into resourceful entrepreneurs, adding that “these Universities must provide the bulk of our people with an education that is practical and forward-looking in approach, so as to train students who can create jobs rather than rely on the Government for employment.”

“The Technical Universities are expected to play a major in leading and promoting practical application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation in Ghana. These are the critical drivers for the socio-economic development of any country and have helped to transform societies to provide significantly improved living conditions.”

On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Ing. Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah indicated that the new Strategic Plan has “eight Priority Goals with 22 Objectives and a number of Strategies for the achievement of the Vision of the University.”

He said the goals and strategies have been tactically imprinted to give quality to teaching, research, innovation and technology transfer, practical training for staff and students, through greater collaboration with industry, to create a platform for excellence in Engineering, Technology and TVET.

Future Expectations

The Vice-chancellor said when successfully implemented, students and staff of STU are expected to witness a major improvement in the overall governance system to enhance clarity of structure and roles as well as an improvement in financial resource base, leading to the attainment of efficient operations and enhanced physical infrastructure development.

The Strategic Plan is also expected to help enhance ICT infrastructure to support teaching, learning, research, innovation and invention; and sustained improvement in the University’s flagship programmes to generate knowledge, technical and professional skills for national and global development, among others.

TVET – Govt’s priority area

Madam Justina Owusu Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister who launched the two documents on behalf of the education minister stated that the government has set for itself the task of re-engineering technical and vocational education in Ghana to be abreast with modern trends. “In furtherance of this, President Akufo-Addo has commenced work on the upgrade and modernization of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

The ‘Strategic Plan’ which spells out the development of the University in the next five years (2020-2025) is the third in the series since its establishment in 1967 as a Technical Institute and later as a Polytechnic in 1997 before it was converted to a university in 2016. The ‘Master Plan’ focuses on infrastructural development of the institution for the next 40 years.

(STU PR Unit)


Vice-Chancellors Call on Education Minister

A delegation from the Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities of Ghana (VCTU-G) has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum at his office in Accra to discuss pertinent issues affecting the development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.

The delegation led by the Chairman of VCTU-G, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah used the occasion to congratulate the minister and repeated their pledge to offer him the needed support to enable him succeed in his new role.

“I must admit that your appointment has come at a time when the Technical Universities are going through a transformation of capacity building to better carry out their mandate of providing opportunities for Technical and Professional skills development of the workforce to meet the manpower needs of the nation towards accelerated socio-economic and sustainable development of the country”, Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah said on behalf of VCTU-G. He added that “as partners and stakeholders in the higher education sector of the Country, VCTU-G pledges its support for you and your Ministry in formulating solutions to existing challenges and implementation of government policies that will uplift the image of education, particularly, the TVET sector.”

Ing. Prof Adinkrah-Appiah observed that TVET and, for that matter, Technical Universities have a key role to play in supporting government in achieving its goals in the various flagship programmes, especially the industrialization drive of 1D1F and the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda. “We, therefore, wish to bring to your attention to put the development of the Technical Universities on top of your agenda, as the Minister of education for Ghana, since the TUs remain the catalyst for job and wealth creation to propel the socio-economic development of the nation”, he further said.

Major concerns

Touching on some of the challenges facing Technical Universities, the VCTU-G Chairman noted that after upgrading them to their current status, some key resources that would facilitate their operations have not been forthcoming, thereby hampering the smooth running of most the TUs.

“After the conversion of Polytechnics to Technical Universities, Key Officers, including the VC, Pro-VC, Registrar and Director of Finance, were appointed. It became necessary to provide official vehicles for these Key Officers to facilitate their work. The TUs also needed to build the capacity of the system by providing some ICT equipment such as Computers, Photocopiers, Printers, Projectors etc. to aid teaching and learning.” “However, due to financial constraints, these items could not be procured. VCTU-G has sent a proposal to GETFund through the GTEC to facilitate the procurement of these vehicles and equipment for the TUs”, he explained.

On Conditions of Service, he recounted that a communique signed by TUTAG and government agencies including the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education in September 2020 indicated that ‘the Conditions of Service for Public Universities should be extended to the staff of the Technical Universities in Ghana’.

“This decision was communicated to the Council Chairmen of the various TUs in October 2020 by the Executive Secretary of the then NCTE, now GTEC, Prof. Mohammed Salifu. However, there was no attachment of the said Conditions of Service of Public Universities to that letter.”

According to him, VCTU-G, in March 2021, officially wrote to the GTEC and requested for the Conditions of Service for Public Universities to be implemented for the Technical Universities to improve the working conditions of staff of the TUs to generate higher productivity but are yet to receive response to this letter.

Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah also stressed the need for Technical Universities to be allowed to run Master’s degree programmes to provide B-Tech graduates an opportunity for academic progression and to offer the staff of the TUs avenues for applied research and publications, He repeated his call on the government to upgrade the internet coverage in the campuses of Technical Universities to facilitate smooth academic work, especially in the midst of COVID-19.

“The impact of COVID-19 has compelled all Universities in Ghana to resort to the use of internet to conduct teaching and learning. This situation has made it necessary for Technical Universities to upgrade internet infrastructure on various campuses, as reliable internet connectivity is a critical requirement for the transmission of multimedia and simulation materials during virtual practical demonstrations.”

“VCTU-G has, therefore, written to the Office of the Vice-President, through the GTEC, to request for the inclusion of all the TUs in the ECG Free Wi-Fi Flagship project. There has been a positive response from the Office of the Vice President and we are waiting for action.”

The Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, thanked the delegation for their visit and assured them of government’s resolve to help improve the education sector for the benefit of the citizenry.


VC calls on Bono Regional Minister

The Vice-Chancellor of Sunyani Technical University, Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, has paid a courtesy call on the Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu-Banahene at the Regional Co-ordinating Council in Sunyani.

Accompanied by the Registrar of the University, Samuel Ankama Obour and the Public Relations Officer, Dickson Kyere-Duah, the visit afforded the Vice-Chancellor the opportunity to interact with the new Regional Minister and discuss some areas of mutual concern.

Professor Adinkrah-Appiah assured the Minister of the University’s full support in the discharge of her mandate and asked her to justify the confidence the government and the good people of the Region have reposed in her.

On his part, the Registrar, Mr. Samuel Ankama Obour requested the minister to use her good offices to lobby for a 3km asphalt overlay for the roads on campus, especially the Waterloo link road.

Madam Owusu-Banahene assured the management of her commitment to work in close harmony with the University to achieve its vision of becoming a centre of excellence for the provision of career-focused, practically-oriented and entrepreneurially-inclined higher and middle-level manpower training for the socio-economic development of Ghana.

Present at the meeting were the Chief Director of the Bono RCC, Mr. R. Korzie Sambo and Deputy Directors, Michael Gyamfi and Samuel Gyamerah.

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Office of Public Relations Unit
21st May, 2021


Production of Electric Vehicles, STU

The Sunyani Technical University has stepped up its plans to assemble and produce electric vehicles as part of its medium to long-term plans to contribute toward Ghana’s industrialization agenda.

To this end, students of the Faculty of Engineering of the University have been taken through a day’s training workshop on electric vehicles as part of a series of activities aimed at equipping the students with the requisite knowledge and skills necessary for the realization of the University’s plan.

Also, the plan to assemble and produce electric vehicles is designed with a focus on establishing a centre for E-Vehicle technologies with well-equipped laboratory, which would serve as a centre of excellence in the manufacture of Electric Vehicles and its accessories as well as the training of students to acquire relevant skills and knowledge in Electric Vehicle technologies.

The workshop, under the theme: “Demystifying the Technologies behind electronic vehicles”, was organized in partnership with Solar Taxi Limited, a local firm which specializes in assembling and distribution of electronic motor-bikes, tricycles and vehicles.

In a message, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of STU, Dr. Samuel Wiafe, said climate and emissions concerns had brought the adoption of Electric vehicles to the forefront in recent times.

According to him, governments of some of the biggest automotive markets around the world have not only declared their intentions but have taken bold steps to embrace electric vehicles as a major way of curbing emissions.

“France and the United Kingdom (UK) are looking to ban the sale of gas and diesel-powered vehicles beginning 2023 and completely by 2040. Norway plans to ban all but electric car sales by 2025. China, the largest auto market in the world has publicly started charting a plan for an all-out ban on vehicles powered by internal combustion engines”, he further said.

He added that it was time for Ghana and Africa to follow suit and “make plans towards embracing electric vehicles ourselves to harness our enormous solar energy potential productively to meet our climate emission targets while simultaneously providing clean and affordable means of transport.”

This, he noted, explained why the Sunyani Technical University “want to take the lead role in the realization of this dream. Besides, the use of electric vehicles will boost electricity sales and drive demand high enough to meet or exceed the current supply, paving the way for a sustainable energy sector.”

The Operations Manager of Solar Taxi Limited, Arnold Amoateng Anokye, stated that electric vehicles are not a new phenomenon and that it all began in the 1800s and has evolved to date.

He said his outfit was the first company to assemble an electric transport system in Ghana, adding that plans are on-going to expand its operations to all the 16 regions of the country.

Dr. Rajalingam Sakthivelsamy, the Head of Electrical and Electronics Department of STU, stated that the University envisaged that it could produce electric vehicles by 2030 and has signed MoUs with Solar Taxi Limited, Ghana and EVAFRICA (a joint initiative by Skill Shark edutech, India and Impact lane consult, Ghana).

He said students of his Department were currently working on two projects which seek to convert conventional wheelers to electric wheelers.

Dr. Rajalingam said two students of STU namely; Adraku Tawia Elijah and Anaba Moses emerged winners of this year’s edition of ECSTASY’21, an international technical symposium organized by Francis Xavier Engineering College, Tirunelveli, India.

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Office of Public Relations Unit
20th March, 2021


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