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May 09, 2018 1405times

Gov’t To Re-Tool Technical Universities

Addressing a Staff Durbar organized at the university, Prof. Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah, expressed the hope that the re-tooling of some of the university’s workshops would go a long way to enhance teaching and learning, and also boost enrolment.

Gov’t To Re-Tool Technical Universities

 

The Sunyani Technical University (STU) is to benefit from a comprehensive package by government to re-tool technical universities and polytechnics in the country as part of measures to effectively equip them to offer the needed hands-on training to students.

The Vice-Chancellor of STU, Prof. Ing. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, who announced this, said the contractor who has been tasked to install new equipment in the various technical universities and polytechnics has already started work and will soon touch-down in Sunyani to begin the installation of state-of-the-art equipment at one of the science park workshops in the Sunyani Technical University.

Addressing a Staff Durbar organized at the university, Prof. Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah, expressed the hope that the re-tooling of some of the university’s workshops would go a long way to enhance teaching and learning, and also boost enrolment.

The Staff Durbar was attended by Deans, Heads of Department, as well various both teaching and non-teaching staff.

The Vice-Chancellor said it was his vision to make the Sunyani Technical University an institution of excellence and one of the best universities in the world and called for the support of all the staff to make this a reality.

He was grateful to the staff for their hard-work over the years, especially last year, which according to him culminated in over 40% increase in student’s enrolment as compared to the previous year’s figure.

The Vice-Chancellor was however worried about several anonymous letters written by some members of staff of the university to various Officials in Accra about alleged wrongdoing by the University authorities and called for an immediate stop to that practice.

He encouraged all staff with any grievances to feel free to call on him or any of the principal Officers of the University for clarification rather done resorting to the writing of such letters which end up tarnishing the image of the university.

He said management of the university in collaboration with some financial institutions would soon redesign and reconstruct the main entrance of the university to befit its current status and also to give it a facelift.

Prof. Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah also announced plans by management to assists staff of the university, especially lecturers, to upgrade themselves academically to the PhD to enhance their output to effectively promote teaching and learning.

Besides, he said, the management of the university was working out some modalities to offer scholarships to brilliant but needy students as part the university contribution toward the helping the less-privilege in society most especially students from the Brong Ahafo Region.

To this end, he said proposals have been sent to some corporate organizations, including the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and Newmont Gold Ghana Limited for some financial assistance to roll out its financial support to the needy students.

For his part, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of STU, Dr. Justice Solomon Korantwi-Barimah touched on the need for both teaching and non-teaching staff of the university to work together in harmony and avoid petty squabbles which could have adverse effects on the institution.

He called for a renewed mindset of all staff especially as the institution is no more a polytechnic but a full-fledged technical university.

The Registrar of the university, Mr. Samuel Ankama Obour, said similar meetings would be held with faculty and students separately as part of measures to solicit views from various staff and students of the institution with the view to developing the university into a centre of excellence.

He expressed disgust about the failure of Newmont Gold Ghana Limited at Kenyase to assist the institution over the years, saying, “Newmont hasn’t helped us at all. Initially, we thought they would help us but that has not been the case. When we write to them for assistance, they would usually reply to us by telling us that they cannot help us due to lack of funds.”

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