The Akenten Appiah Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) is reviewing and restructuring its programmes to produce graduates with competencies and skills needed to strengthen vocational and technical training.
Professor Kwaku Sarfo, the Vice-Chancellor, who stated this, said the University was committed to delivering on its mandate of producing unique graduates with critical thinking, practical abilities, high productivity, entrepreneurial acumen and social responsiveness that met the changing demands of society.
He was speaking at a virtual matriculation ceremony to admit 1,452 undergraduate and postgraduate students to pursue various courses under the sandwich programme of the university for the 2021/2022 academic year.
They were made up of 1,151 undergraduates and 301 postgraduate students for both the Kumasi and Asante Mampong campuses of the university.
Prof. Sarfo said the University, the country’s newest public tertiary institution, was mandated to provide higher education in technical, vocational and entrepreneurial training to develop skilled manpower for job creation and socio-economic development.
He said the University was working with industry and the community to provide holistic training for teachers in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and entrepreneurial development and other professionals for them to teach in all the TVET institutions to contribute to youth employment.
Prof. Sarfo said the Governing Council and Management of the University, recognizing the critical nature of the mandate, had adopted a systematic and practical approach towards building a solid foundation to achieve the university’s mandate.
He said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University management had decided to adopt and implement the blended learning approach involving face-to-face teaching and virtual delivery, using the AAMUSTED MOODLE Learning Management Systems (LMS).
Prof. Sarfo advised the students not to waste time and energy on matters that add nothing to the quality of training the university was offering them but to take advantage of the various opportunities in the school to add value to themselves.
Prof. Sarfo said the University had opened admission applications until December 31, 2021, to help Senior High Students candidates who had written their WASSCE to take advantage and apply.