Professor Samuel Nii Odai, the Vice Chancellor of Accra Technical University says the university is poised to equip students with the knowledge and skills in Information Communication and Technology (ICT) to be locally and internationally relevant
He explained that the ICT disciplines like data Science and Business Intelligence were key skills in the 4th Industrial Revolution hence the school’s resolve to introduce more programmes to enable students participate and derive the benefits.
Prof. Odai said this at the opening of an ICT Flex Laboratory DigiCap project, a joint initiative between ATU and AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation.
DigiCap seeks to spur employment among young people, provide career guidance and contact to the industry at an early stage of their career.
The Flex Lab would also serve as a training center for students and staff as well as a Career Support Centre in ATU in collaboration with Ashesi University’s Systems Change Programme.
Prof. Odai, noted that the ideals of the centre was in line with the university’s academic philosophy of integrating ICT and Entrepreneurship.
He stated that the project fulfilled part of the vision and mission, to advance technical knowledge by creating a conducive environment for applied research, quality teaching, and competency-based training, with a high impact on industry and business creation.
The DigiCap project, the Vice Chancellor, said would set another pace for future ideas and innovations that would make ATU, one of the best Universities in the world.
Ms Hanna Schlingmann, the Project Manager of AFOS-Ghana announced that the next training cohort would start in June, 2022 and urged interested student to apply.
She stated that the centre had projected to train about 50 students over a period of six months to become skilled in data analytics.
Ms Schlingmann said the project would see the development of a product that ATU could market and boost the careers of students and professionals, supporting them in becoming responsible, visionary and passionate IT professionals.
AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation is German business-oriented value-based foundation which promotes international development cooperation, internationally promoting economic, social and environmental development.