KNUST’s contribution to Ghana’s human resource development commendable
The government has praised the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana’s premier scientific and technological higher education institution, for its positive contribution to the development of human resources in the country.
Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said the University has morphed over the years into a ‘Center of Excellence’, producing the skilled workforce needed to spearhead development in all spheres of human development.
The University, he said, should work hard to fulfill its mandate – to deepen research, innovation and technological advancement and transfer to bring the necessary transformation to the nation’s socio-economic agenda.
“We need a skilled workforce army committed to transforming the nation for the better, producing the knowledge and solutions necessary to meet the 21st century development challenges facing society,” a- he declared.
Dr Adutwum, speaking at the launch of the University’s 70th anniversary celebration in Kumasi, said science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education has become the basis for accelerated growth in all aspects of human activity.
“For Ghana to prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need to focus on STEM education,” he observed, assuring that the government would not abdicate its responsibility to help KNUST achieve its goals.
Founded in 1951, the university, which began as the Kumasi College of Technology, has evolved over the years to its present status with a student body of over 80,000.
Currently, the University since its adoption of the college system has 97 departments, offering 520 academic programs.
“KNUST: 70 Years of Global Impact – A New Era for Renewed Direction” is the theme of this one-year anniversary.
Dr Adutwum said universities exist to find an antidote to the problems of humanity.
Therefore, KNUST should chart a new course and work diligently to bring about the expected transformation of society.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, who is the Chancellor of KNUST, congratulated the Founding Fathers for their vision in establishing the institution.
The authorities, he said, are committed to focusing on achieving the mission for which the University was created, especially in the area of science and technology.
The University had decided to train qualified human resources for industry and the corporate world, he noted, adding that it was determined to stimulate and deliver cutting-edge technology for the benefit of society. .
Professor Ms Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, stressed the need for the government to help the university to improve its infrastructure in order to improve its university programs.