Youth Empowerment - Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA)

The Sunyani Technical University (STU) says it is ready to partner with the Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA) in areas such as skills training and entrepreneurial development to ensure a better future for the youth.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ing. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah said this in a speech read for him at this year’s celebration of the International Youth Day in Sunyani. The theme for the occasion was “Transforming Food Systems: Youth innovation for Human Planetary Health.”

The Vice-Chancellor, whose speech was delivered for him by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dickson Kyere-Duah, further said through youth education, engagement, innovation, and entrepreneurial solutions, the Department of Agriculture of the University was ready to provide technical assistance to the Association or individuals who intend to venture into agriculture.

Prof. Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah commended the association for its intervention in the Integrated Sewing Project and encouraged members of the association to take advantage of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme by the government to venture into large-scale farming.

He noted that considering the ever-increasing population of the world, there was an urgent need to ensure a corresponding increase in food production in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

Mr. Atta Akoto Senior, the President of the Sunyani Youth Development Association, disclosed that the association had set up a Youth Empowerment Training Centre to provide opportunities to the youth to acquire employable skills and earn a decent living.

“Through the support of the Australian High Commission, we have been able to fully activate our Integrated Sewing Project. We have the machines and infrastructure to implement the project. Forty people have been enrolled”, he also said.

“In working towards the attainment of our project, we are working towards bag production as well. We pray all gathered here to patronize our services and products in the areas of beautiful clothing designs, fugu fabrics, solar products and services, bead designs and craft, hairdressing, wig caps, welding services as a means of providing a livelihood for our master craftsmen volunteers who have dedicated themselves to train the youths”, Mr. Akoto Senior added.

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Entrepreneurship Hub & Business Ideas Incubation Centre

The Sunyani Technical University’s Entrepreneurship Hub and Business Ideas Incubation Centre has officially been launched as part of measures to motivate students to become successful job creators and entrepreneurs.

It is, among others, expected to empower students of the University through skills development, training, and awareness creation as well as shape business ideas.

The centre is being managed by the Business/Entrepreneurship Development and External Funding Unit (BEDEFU) of the University and operates in collaboration with the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme and the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), formerly the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).

Speaking at the launch, the Director of Business Support Franklin Owusu Karikari, the Director of Business Support at the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) commended STU for setting up the centre to help nurture and train young people to come out with innovative and business ideas.

He announced plans by the NEIP to outdoor a programme meant to convert Project Works by final-year university students into actionable and profitable business ventures. Under the programme, he explained, each university would be required to select and submit its top ten best project works to NEIP.

According to him, authors of the selected Project Works would then be contacted and taken through training on their chosen projects after which they would be given start-up capital to bring their dreams into fruition.

This would go a long way to ensure that the practice where Project Works usually submitted by final-year students of tertiary institutions prior to graduation and usually end up on shelves would become a thing of the past.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of STU, Prof. Justice Solomon Korantwi-Barimah, added his voice to call on the youth to think outside the box and come out with problem-solving ideas which make meaningful impacts on the country and the world at large.

He pledged management’s commitment to efforts aimed at empowering students to be creative and to attain greater height in their academic and career pursuits.

In a message, the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Prof. Jones Lewis Arthur noted that the Business Ideas Incubation Centre seeks to become a catalyst in facilitating the emergence of competent first-generation entrepreneurs and transition of existing SMEs into growth-oriented enterprises through entrepreneurship education, training, research and institution building.

“Students connected to the Centre would be counseled to take up innovative projects in their career, for which the students will be supported with technical expert counseling to execute the project, access funds required to execute the project, and continuous monitoring to complete the business model”, he explained.

Earlier in his welcoming remarks, the Head of BEDEFU, Mr. Kwabena Adjei, underscored the critical role of the centre in shaping students to become job creators and not job seekers.

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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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New mosque for STU Muslims

Management of the Sunyani Technical University (STU) has handed-over a new mosque to the Muslim community in the institution.

The new mosque, which replaces an old and smaller one, would serve as a more convenient place of worship for both students and staff of Islamic faith.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of STU, Professor Justice Solomon Korantwi-Barimah, who, on behalf of management handed-over the facility, called on the leadership of the muslim community on campus to notify and involve management in their programmes and activities.

“On behalf of the management of the University, I dedicate this facility to the muslim community for the worship of Allah…. we believe that we are spiritual beings; meaning without Allah, there is nothing we can do”, he also said.

He also called on the leadership of the Muslim community to maintain the facility and keep the place tidy.

On his part, the Deputy Registrar in-charge Human Resource, Mr. Stephen Yeboah, touched on the need for all staff and students to continue adhering to all Covid-19 safety protocols as announced by the government.

“You know that Sunyani Technical University has done so well when it comes to the prevention of this deadly disease. It is the hope of management that all of us will continue to observe the protocols. We pray that Allah will keep us all safe such that even in the midst of the outbreak, we’ll be able to withstand this deadly disease so let’s heed to the advice of the President.”

Musa Mohammed, Chief Imam and President of the STU chapter of the Ghana Muslim Students Association, on behalf of the Muslim community at STU thanked management for their kind gesture.

Quoting sections of the Holy Qur’an, the Chief Imam stated that “anybody, any faithful believer who builds a place of worship of this nature in his worldly life will also have a place built by God on the day of judgement for him.”

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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)


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