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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21st May, 2021


 
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.


Technical Universities Welcome Education Minister

The Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities of Ghana (VCTU-G) have assured Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education of their unflinching support and their resolve to team up with him to improve the education sector, especially Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.

According to them, as major stakeholders in the education sector, they would offer the new Minister the needed assistance in policy formulation as well as solutions to the challenges militating against the progress of TVET in Ghana.

They made these points in a Congratulatory Message by VCTU-G signed by its Chairman, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the Sunyani Technical University (STU).

“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 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector”, the message further said.

The Congratulatory message noted that the rich experience of Dr. Adutwum, coupled with his “tenacity and resilience” would go a long way to help resolve most of the challenges facing the educational sector in Ghana.

VCTU-G

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 that mainly deliberates on issues bordering on the promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), promotion of scholarship, research and innovation in Technical Universities towards sustainable development of the national economy.

Please find below the full text of the Congratulatory Message

VICE-CHANCELLORS OF TECHNICAL UNIVERSITIES OF GHANA (VCTU-G)

CONGRATULATIONS!

HON. DR. YAW OSEI ADUTWUM (Minister of Education)

The Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities of Ghana (VCTU-G) wish to Congratulate you, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, on your appointment as the Minister of Education for the Republic of Ghana.

VCTU-G indeed acknowledges the rich experience that you bring to this position and strongly believes that your tenacity and resilience will help resolve most of the challenges facing the educational sector in Ghana.

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 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector. Our relationship with you will be geared towards harnessing the government’s agenda on TVET and innovation to drive the needed growth in the national economy.

Once again, accept our heartfelt congratulations as we assure you of a peaceful and fraternal working relations throughout your tenure as Minister of Education for the sustainable development of Ghana. Ayekoo!

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 that mainly deliberates on issues bordering on the promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), promotion of scholarship, research and innovation in Technical Universities towards sustainable development of the national economy.

SIGNED: Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah
Chairman, VCTU-G


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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20th March, 2021


Technical Universities call for inclusion in gov’t’s free Wi-Fi project

Technical Universities across the country are appealing to the government to, as a matter of urgency, be included in the Free ECG Wi-Fi internet connectivity to various educational institutions.

This is to facilitate virtual and other online academic works in the Technical Universities, especially as Covid-19 has now compelled educational institutions to combine both face-to-face and online platforms in its day-to-day activities.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Sunyani Technical University (STU), Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah made the appeal at the second session of the 13th Congregation of the University in Sunyani for some1, 381 graduands who had successfully completed their respective Higher National Diploma (HND) and non-tertiary programmes.

The congregation ceremony was wholly held online mainly through Facebook and YouTube. The first session was held in December last year for Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) graduands. Ing. Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah, who is also the Chairman of the Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities Association – Ghana, said Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) played a critical role in the development of the nation and as such, should be included in a major intervention such as the free Wi-Fi internet connectivity to further enhance teaching and learning.

“We use this opportunity to appeal to the government of the Republic to, as a matter of urgency, connect all the ten Technical Universities (TUs) in Ghana to the Free ECG Wi-Fi internet project, which has already been extended to some Public Universities, so that Students and Staff of the TUs can smoothly carry out teaching and learning in this era of COVID-19”, he stated.

He further said in order to meet the exigencies of using virtual platforms to conduct most of the University’s business due to COVID-19, the Sunyani Technical University has embarked on aggressive improvement in its ICT Infrastructure with plans underway to procure additional 50 new computers for the University’s ICT centre. “Management has also procured extra Wi-Fi devices to connect all University hostels and lecture rooms on campus so that there will not be any black spots on the University campus as far as internet connectivity is concerned….. Equally, Management is working seriously to increase the University’s bandwidth from one STM to two STM to improve internet access to our staff and students.”

Strategic Plan

Ing. Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah also announced that STU had begun 4-year Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) degree programmes in seven areas and plans to add more degree programmes soon to attract many more qualified students.

He said, under the new Master Plan and the 5-year Strategic plan of the University, “a massive and well-coordinated short, medium and long term development of the University to bring the needed change” will be undertaken to give the institution facelift.

“Management, therefore, urges all stakeholders; students, staff, the private sector, STU Alumni Association and Government to contribute in cash or in kind to help the re-development of the University to realize its goals”, he added.

Support TVET

For his part, the Chairman of STU Governing Council, By Ing. Dr. Kwame Agyeman Boakye, said Technical Universities are expected to play a major national role in promoting and leading the 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. Thus, our Technical Universities should be in the forefront of making Ghana modern and competitive on the global level”, he explained.

“Since Ghana’s Technical Universities are strategically positioned throughout the country, they form natural technology nodes for our national development. Thus, properly oriented, they could be major promoters and catalysts for the Government’s 1X1Y thrust, i.e., One District, One Factory, One Village, One Dam, One Household, One Toilet, etc. In addition, they could become a major platform for Ghana Beyond Aid.”

“However, to make this successful, the Technical Universities must be appropriately resourced and supported. Among others, the Technical Universities require modern practical training centers and facilities in support of their mission”, Ing. Dr. Boakye further said.

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Office of Public Relations Unit
20th March, 2021