Research Training for Computer Science Lecturers

The Computer Science Department of the Sunyani Technical University has organized a day’s workshop on “Systematic Approach to Research” for lecturers in the department to, among others, sharpen their research skills.

Some topics treated included “Writing the Introduction and Literature Review of a Thesis”, “Writing the Methodology and Results” and “Qualitative and Quantitative Research”, among others.

Addressing the participants, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Justice Solomon Korantwi-Barimah noted that the main objective of universities are to educate, create knowledge and innovate; hence “the need to build the research capacity of our staff.”

He said as an institution of higher learning, STU offers today’s youth the knowledge and skills they would need to acquit themselves creditably on the job market.

“In societies with youthful populations and expanding middle classes, the demand for access to higher technical and vocational education will only continue to grow. So universities will have to negotiate the tension between increased access and sustained quality assurance. They will also be under greater pressure to ensure that the degrees and qualifications they offer are relevant to the societies they serve, and that their graduates are employable.”

On generating knowledge through research, Prof. Korantwi-Barimah, proposed that “STU should aspire to be a research-intensive university that places a culture of research and freedom of inquiry at its very heart.” “STU should place a high value on its system of supervision and small-group teaching, and we undoubtedly have extraordinary lecturers. Our students are taught and inspired by the same academics who are carrying out ground-breaking research. It is this seamless mix of research and teaching that should underpin STU’s reputation and brand.”

The Pro Vice-Chancellor also said another way in which the institution can contribute to society is by innovating saying, “to be useful to society, a university must put its discoveries to work. Science and technology are not the only tools for generating knowledge, but – in the right hands, under the right conditions – are also a means of powering a knowledge economy.”

Other speakers at the workshop were Dr. Edward Owusu a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies and the Director of Quality Assurance Unit of the University, Dr. Benjamin Ayawli, a Senior lecturer at Computer Science Department and the Director of International Relations as well Mr. Isaac Kofi Nti, Mr Nti, a Lecturer and the Examinations Officer at Computer Science Department.


Stepping up measures to prevent Covid-19

Following the President’s last update on Covid-19 on Sunday, 31st January, 2021, management of the Sunyani Technical University has intensified measures to protect students and staff, a Press Release signed by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dickson Kyere-Duah has said.

Subsequently, management has directed the University’s Covid-19 Taskforce and the Security Section to ensure strict compliance and enforcement of the Covid-19 Protocols on campus.

Management, at its regular meeting on Monday, 1st February, 2021, has directed all Faculty Members to employ combined face-to-face and Virtual Learning tools to minimize human contacts as much as possible. Large classes should be broken into groups/sessions where face-to-face is required.

According to the Press Release, “a special notice to the members of the entire University Community, signed by the Registrar, Mr. Samuel Ankama Obour said the University shall be operating a shift system for Administrative and Library staff with immediate effect.”

Besides, the University has place a ban on all Social gatherings and Sporting activities on campus, except religious activities under very strict Covid-19 and safety Protocols, closely scrutinized and monitored by the University Chaplain and Covid-19 Taskforce.

The communique further reminded students and staff to strictly abide by the University’s policy of mandatory wearing of face masks at all times on campus.

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First Session of the 13th Congregation (virtual)

The Sunyani Technical University has held its 13th Congregation for 389 students who pursued Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) degrees in Engineering, TVET, Applied Science and Technology, Applied Arts as well Business and Management disciplines.

This year’s congregation was held under the theme, “Technical and Vocational Education and Training: the key to sustainable job creation.”

They constitute the first batch to pass out while the second batch, mainly made up of Higher National Diploma (HND) and non-tertiary students, will graduate early next year. This is as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.v

Speaking at this year’s congregation, the Vice-Chancellor, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah announced that the University has obtained accreditation to run seven new four-year B-Tech degree programmes, beginning from January 2021.

The new four-year degree programmes, he mentioned, in the areas of Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Hospitality and Tourism Management, General Agriculture and Fashion Design Technology.

“These seven new 4-year B-Tech programmes will run concurrently with the existing eleven Top-up B-Tech programmes in the university. Meanwhile, the institution has also received clearance for the introduction of five other 4-year B-Tech programmes, whilst six others are pending at the NCTE for clearance”, the Vice-Chancellor explained.

He also gave the assurance that Sunyani Technical University was ready to absorb qualified applicants, especially Free SHS graduates, into its four-year degree programmes and other tertiary and non-tertiary programmes, as the university re-opens on 11th January, 2021.

“I am happy to inform you that the University has made ready one 500-seater auditorium and six other classroom spaces, with various capacities, to comfortably accommodate new students who will enroll into our 4-year B-Tech programmes in January 2021”, Ing. Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah stated.

For her part, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, who was the Guest Speaker for the occasion, urged government “to give due recognition to graduates of technical universities in their placement, while they create the enabling environment which allows private persons to create sustainable jobs.”

She admonished the graduands to cherish their certificates but should not depend on it, saying “your success as a professional does not depend on the abundance of your certificates, or even how excellently you performed in class; it depends on your attitude, your determination, your perseverance, your fortitude, and resolve to make things work for you, and to make a difference, even under exasperating circumstances.”

She further asked them to value relationships above everything else and also seek “a life-work balance.”

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Don’t Deviate From Your Mandate, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo

Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana gave the advice during the first session (virtual) of the 13th congregation for Bachelor Technology programmes of the Sunyani Technical University (STU).

She said the traditional universities thought about employable skills that they could infuse, when introducing new programmes, saying “you already have that, and you don’t have to lose it”.

A total of 389 graduates were awarded Bachelor of Technology degrees in Engineering, TVET, Applied Science and Technology, Applied Arts as well as Business and Management disciplines at the ceremony held under the theme “Technical and Vocational Education Training: the key to sustainable job creation in Ghana”.

Nana Amfo called on the government to recognize graduates of technical universities in their placement and create the enabling environment that would allow private persons to create sustainable jobs.

“Believe me, successful entrepreneurship is not as dependent on our course structure as is on the business environment. Now that it is abundantly clear that it is impossible for the public sector to absorb all the graduates that we are producing, the government needs to move the entrepreneurship talk to the next level of practicalization”, she stressed.

“We need to walk the talk and put our money, where our mouths are” Nana Amfo added, and reminded the graduates that “life of a technical graduate can be unpredictable, strenuous and exhausting. But all these provide moments of opportunity to bring true change and valued service to our communities and the world”.

Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, the Vice Chancellor of the STU, explained the university had obtained accreditation to run seven new four-year BTech programmes, which would be rolled in January, 2021.

They include; BTech Mechanical Engineering, BTech Civil Engineering, BTech Construction and Technology, BTech Hospitality and Tourism Management, BTech General Agriculture and BTech Fashion Design Technology.

These programmes, Prof Adinkrah-Apppiah explained would be run concurrently with the existing 11 top-up BTech programmes at the university adding the institution had also received clearance for the introduction of five other four-year BTech programmes, while six others were pending at the National Council for Technical Education (NCTE).


Mechatronics Laboratory Commissioned

The Minister of Environment, Science and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, has inaugurated the first phase of the Mechatronic Laboratory of the Sunyani Technical University, which forms part of measures to further enhance research and hands-on training of students in various engineering programmes.

The Mechatronic Laboratory is part of the Science Park project, which started in 2007 with funding from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng lauded STU for its readiness to absorb the first and subsequent batches of Free SHS graduates as from January next year, adding that the opening of the lab “has come in handy to give Free SHS graduates entering the university hands-on training in science, research, technical, technological and innovation education to propel the country’s industrial agenda by this government.”

He announced the setting up of a nine-member Advisory Council on Science, Technology and Innovation by government to further entrench the study and application of science and technology in the country.

The Minister also said 32 technical and vocational training schools across the country were being retooled under this government to enable them offer practical training to students.

For his part, the Vice-Chancellor of Sunyani Technical University, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah expressed his appreciation to the government for supporting the university to set up “this ultra-modern laboratory, which remains a critical input, for the technical and professional skills development of our students in areas of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering….”

“We equally thank the President and the government for the on-going construction of the AVIC project which also seeks to install more engineering tools and equipment at the Sunyani Technical University for the expected practical training of our students”, he added.

Ing. Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah said the university has electrical and electronic engineering as its niche area and that management and staff were leaving no stone unturned to embark on intensive academic research and to provide the requisite hand-on training to students.

This, according to him, is to position the university to become a leader in the manufacturing of electric vehicles and other electrical and electronic machineries and technologies in Ghana, in support of the government’s industrialization agenda through the One-district, One Factory policy.

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