Professor Rita Dickson, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has charged its College of Engineering (CoE) to device innovative strategies retain the university’s accolade as the science and technology hub in the sub-region.
The College should strengthen its partnerships and collaboration with both local and international industrial establishments to offer practical, industry-driven training and research programmes that would position its graduates on the international job market as highly-competitive and globally-accepted.
Prof. Dickson made the call at the 6th students and industrial partners’ awards ceremony organised by CoE, to recognize and honour students distinguishing themselves in their fields of study.
The event was also aimed at acknowledging its industrial partners for their enormous contribution and support to the College in the training of engineering students as well as its teaching and learning.
This year’s awards ceremony coincided with the official opening of the annual students’ career fair, aimed at offering students the opportunity to discover the diverse opportunities that existed for them in the pursuit of engineering.
Prof. Dickson applauded partners of the College for providing the needed support to train and provide the students with 21st century skills to enable them appropriately fit into the highly-competitive job market.
The Pro-Vice chancellor pledged the University’s continued support to help the CoE provide cutting-edge solutions to the country’s industrial challenges.
Prof. Mark Adom-Asamoah, Provost of the College, said this year, 250 students were awarded under three categories of undergraduate studies in each of the fifteen programmes, offered in the College.
All students who received the awards, as a sign of honour, would be placed on the Provost’s list for 2018/2019 academic year. They would be kept on the list until the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year, at which time, they would have to justify their continuity on the list, or give way to others.
Prof. Adom-Asamoah noted that industrial partners deserved recognition for providing vacation training, supporting Engineering, Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ESTE) conferences as well as donating equipment and accessories for teaching and learning.
Again, the partners had refurbished some teaching facilities and donated to the College’s needy students’ fund.
Prof. Adom-Asamoah said the College Board had instituted an award in honour of two of the former vice chancellors, who were also engineers.
They were Prof. F.O. Kwami Award, which was given to the best graduating male student and the Prof. K.A. Andam award given to the best graduating female student.