The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has charged Technical Universities to stick to their mandate in order to achieve their purpose for establishment.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Head of Research Planning at the national council for Tertiary Education, Dr. Emmanuel Newman, the minister said per the Technical Universities Act, 2016(Act 922) technical universities should provide appropriate technical and vocational courses to students to enable them gain the necessary skills and knowledge for their development.
This was said at the 14th Congregation of the Cape Coast Technical University, last Saturday. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh explained that, “to achieve the purpose for establishing technical universities, each technical university ust endeavour to stick to it mandate”.
According to him, Technical Universities should focus on “providing higher education in engineering, science and technology based disciplines, technical and vocational education, applied arts and related disciplines and ensuring that such education is made equally accessible to all persons suitably qualified and capable of benefiting from education and training offered at a technical university”.
The Minister further advised management to collaborate with industry to enable both lecturers and students get better acquainted with new technologies, since industry is engaged in business it can support them with equipment and facilities which are not available at the various institutions. He noted this can make teaching and learning very practical and interesting.
“Close collaborations with industries helps bring students and staff research activities to life. Staff and students will experience firsthand the challenges facing the industry and tailor their research activities towards seeking practical solutions to such challenges” he advised.
On his part a member of the Interim Management committee of the school, Dr. Ernest Yankson commended graduands on the completion of their study. He further advised them to uphold the high standards gained in their course of study and apply them wherever they find themselves. He added that they can also venture into setting up their own business to avoid unemployment.
This year’s congregation saw a total of 1,283 graduands receiving various certificates in Bachelor of Technology degree, Higher National Diploma and other Diploma programmes. 449 of the total number of graduates were females and 834 males.
SOURCE: JOSEPH AMUAH/ATL FM NEWS