The Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), has signed strategic collaborative partnerships with some key institutions in Ghana as part of efforts to strengthen teacher training.
It is also to concretize the mandate of the University, which is to develop strong linkages with industry and the community for holistic teacher education and training.
Among the key local Ghanaian institutions which have agreed to support the university to achieve its mandate were the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Ghana (CILT) and the Africa Environmental Sanitation Consult (AFESC), a subsidiary of the JOSPONG Group.
The two have signed a five-year renewable Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AAMUSTED.
A statement made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi by the University indicated that the parties had agreed to do collaborative research in any mutual fields of interest, develop curricula, exchange materials, and documents, and collaborate in teaching and consultancy services.
They also agreed to develop new market-driven and technology-centered academic programmes, roll out short professional courses, and pursue other mutually beneficial activities.
With AFESC, the statement said, AAMUSTED further agreed to work with the Consult to identify gaps in the operations of informal waste collectors and undertake appropriate research, develop specific training programmes for the waste collectors, including tricycle operators while providing logistical support and maintenance of the equipment used by the tricycle operators.
Professor Frederick Sarfo, Vice Chancellor of AAMUSTED and Mr Michael Kofi Adu, Acting Registrar, according to the statement, signed both MoUs on behalf of AAMUSTED.
It also said the President of CILT-Ghana, Dr Ebo Hammond, and his Vice, responsible for Education and Professional Development, Mr Neil Vorleto, signed for CILT-Ghana.
Dr Abena Asomaning Antwi, Managing Director of AFESC, and Dr Kofi Sekyere Boateng also signed on behalf of AFESC, the statement added.
Prof Sarfo, the Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, expressed gratitude to the CILT-Ghana for the interest and enthusiasm shown to collaborate with AAMUSTED.
He assured CILT-Ghana that the staff of AAMUSTED would work assiduously to achieve a smooth and peaceful collaboration, stressing that the University was pleased with the terms of partnership.
The President of CILT-Ghana, Dr Hammond, was joyful that his outfit could land a collaboration with AAMUSTED.
He said the CILT-Ghana was already working with about eleven universities in Ghana and others in some African countries including, Togo and Cameroon.
Dr Hammond emphasized that opportunities could accrue to both institutions because of the agreement, and therefore, hoped that both parties would stay faithful to the terms to reap the expected benefits.
The statement said Dr Hammond indicated that through the collaboration, CILT-Ghana could offer three accreditations to the University.
It will accredit the institution to enrol students to pursue CILT-Ghana professional programmes, accredit these programmes for AAMUSTED, and partner with the institution in the area of research and training.