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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Cyber Security and Forensic Lab. Inaugurated

An ultra-modern Cyber Security and Forensic Laboratory has been inaugurated at the Sunyani Technical University (STU) in the Bono Region to train people, especially the youth on the appropriate application of software and technology, and to help guard against cyber related crimes.

Following the establishment of the lab, STU would now be offering training for security personnel, bankers and other interested persons on local and offshore software development and maintenance, computer hardware, system assembling, repair and maintenance skills.

In addition, cyber-crime investigation forensics, IT audit and assurance, cyber-security engineering, security operations, forensic accounting and adobe training would be offered at the newly opened lab.

The Cape Coast Technical University and the Bolgatanga Technical University are also beneficiaries of similar laboratories all constructed at a total cost of £50,000 with funding by the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K; the A.E.D Cyber Security Limited and the Institute of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CYBER SECURITY-GHANA).

Speaking at the inauguration of the facility, the Vice-Chancellor of the Sunyani Technical University, Prof. Ing. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah explained that the laboratory would provide an opportunity for the general public to fully participate in the information age and enjoy the socio-cultural and economic benefits of the emerging information revolution.

ICT for Development

The objective of the establishment of the cyber-security and forensic laboratory, Prof Adinkrah-Appiah explained, was to provide training to people, especially the youth, from industry, security services, banking sector and entire corporate Ghana to be able to apply appropriate software, technology, knowledge and skills.

Prof Adinkrah-Appiah touched on Ghana’s Integrated ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) policy, which he said reflected the nation’s commitment to transforming Ghana into an information-rich and knowledge-based society. Prof Adinkrah-Appiah observed that the issue of cyber-crime, including identity theft, were on the increase in the country in recent times, and stressed the government’s determination to bring it under control.

He observed, however, that the ICT industry in Ghana remained largely challenged with under-development, especially in software development and repairs, software application, troubleshooting, cyber-security, application of artificial intelligence which fell short of acceptable international standards.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed appreciation to the funding organisations for the support, saying the laboratory would equip students with the requisite theoretical and practical skills, critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills in the fields of cyber-security and forensic technologies, data science and artificial intelligence.

Mr David Dayor, Assistant project Manager, Security Engineering, CyberGhana, a Non-profit organisation, indicated “several universities are now knocking our doors but unfortunately only a few of them will get this opportunity due to limited resources.”

“We, therefore, entreat all beneficiaries to work harder to implement measures to sustain this project towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he added.

Dr Jones Lewis Arthur, a Senior Lecturer and Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Technology of the STU noted the nation lost millions of dollars annually to cyber-related criminal activities, noting the country lost 6.8 million dollars through fraud and $2.7 million to intrusion and stealing in 2019.

Cyber-crime, he added, formed 47 per cent of the 192 cases reported in the country last year, and expressed gratitude to the funding partners for their contribution towards helping to arrest cyber-crime and fraud in the country.

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Prof. Ing. K. Adinkrah-Appiah elected as VCTU-G Chairman

Ing Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, the Vice-Chancellor of Sunyani Technical University, has assumed office as the new Chairman of the Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities of Ghana (VCTU-G). He takes over from Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, the Vice-Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University. At its 5th Regular Meeting held at Accra Technical University on 13th October 2020, members of the VCTU-G unanimously endorsed him as Chairman. The VCTU-G Chairmanship, which is rotational, will give him the opportunity to serve the association for a period of one year, beginning October 2020.

Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah obtained his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, in 1998. He later obtained his MPhil and PhD degrees, in Civil Engineering, in 2006 and 2015, respectively, at his alma mater, KNUST. He also received professional training as a Civil Engineer in structural modeling at the RISA Technologies in California, USA, in 2006.

Prof. Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah has extensive experience in industry as a professional Civil/Structural Engineer and has worked on several construction projects across the country, including donor funded projects such as the Village Infrastructure Project (VIP) and Urban V Project.

He also has extensive experience in teaching, research and university administration. He has served in various management positions at the Sunyani Technical University including Sectional Head of Carpentry & Joinery Section of the Building Technology Department (2006-2007), Head of Building Technology Department (2007-2009), Dean of School of Engineering (2009-2012), Vice-Rector (2013-2016), Acting Rector (2016), Interim Vice-Chancellor (2016-2019) and Vice-Chancellor (2019 to date).

He has published extensively. His research has led to the introduction of an innovative building block in the construction industry in Ghana, dubbed ‘Salancrete building block’.

He is a member of various Professional Associations including the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has led several proposal writings teams to win and manage donor funds/grants for institutional development. He has received several awards, prominent among them being the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) Excellence Award for the most innovative researcher of the year 2016.

The VCTU-G is a registered non-profit organization in Ghana whose membership comprises the Vice-Chancellors of all public Technical Universities in Ghana. It is a forum which mainly deliberates on issues bordering on the promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), promotion of scholarship, research and innovation and advocacy for better working conditions for staff of Technical Universities in Ghana, among others.

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SIC Donates to STU

The State Insurance Company (SIC) has presented a cheque for GH¢ 24,000.00 to the Sunyani Technical University to cover the cost of the furniture at the university’s main auditorium.

The gesture, which forms part of SIC’s corporate social responsibility, would go a long way to deepen the relationship between the two institutions.

The Area Manager of SIC in-charge of the Northern Sector, Mrs. Adwoa Asenso-Gyambibi, who presented the cheque on behalf of the company pledged the continued support to STU in carrying out its mandate to provide technical and vocational education to people.

For his part, the Vice-Chancellor of STU, Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, on behalf of the University thanked SIC for their kind gesture and expressed the hope that this would further enhance the relations between STU and SIC.

He also called on other corporate bodies to follow the footsteps of SIC.

All protocols highly observed
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Also present at the presentation ceremony were the Pro-Vice Chancellor of STU, Dr. Justice Solomon Korantwi-Barimah; the Registrar, Mr. Samuel Ankama Obour; the Regional Manager of SIC, Madam Mercy Danquah and Clement Appiagyei, the Marketing Manager of the Sunyani Office of SIC.

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About SIC Insurance Company Limited

SIC Insurance Company Limited is one of the oldest non-life insurance companies in Ghana. It traces its roots to the year 1955, when the Gold Coast Insurance Company was established. It was renamed Ghana Insurance Company in 1957, when Ghana attained independence. In 1960, Ghana Insurance Company which was primarily a life assurance company, set up a subsidiary company – Ghana General Insurance Company (Ghana General) to underwrite fire and motor businesses.

The Government of Ghana in February 1962, per an Executive Instrument, took over the Ghana Cooperative Insurance Company and reconstituted it into the State Insurance Corporation to await the completion of takeover negotiations with Ghana Insurance Company and its subsidiary Ghana General. Subsequently after a successful takeover of the two private companies – Ghana Insurance and Ghana General – the new company, State Insurance Corporation, commenced business in November, 1962.

In 1995, State Insurance Corporation was converted into a public limited liability company as part of the Government of Ghana’s divestiture programme. The company became known as State Insurance Company of Ghana Limited with the Government of Ghana as the sole shareholder. The State Insurance Company of Ghana Ltd. took over all the business assets and liabilities of the State Insurance Corporation of Ghana. By a special resolution passed on 22nd October, 2007 the name of the Company was changed to SIC Insurance Company Limited.

In accordance with the provisions of the current insurance legislation, the Insurance Act, 2006, SIC has duly separated its general business from the life business with the incorporation of SIC Life Limited. By a special resolution, SIC transferred the life business and assets to SIC Life Limited and in consideration of that 80,000,000 ordinary shares were issued to the GoG.

SIC is a leading provider of general or non-life insurance products in Ghana. Its business operations cover fire, motor, marine and aviation, and accident insurance. SIC also provides specialty insurance products such as hoteliers and leisure policy, a policy for the hospitality industry. With roots dating back to 1955, the Company has been operating for more than 52 years and has developed long-standing relationships with insurance brokerage firms and some independent agents, who constitute some of its primary distribution channels.

SIC’s business is national in scope with a visible presence in all ten regions of Ghana. The Company has consistently, over the span of its business life, maintained steady market leadership.

Source: SIC