Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has launched the ‘College of Engineering (CoE) Open Day’, at a ceremony in Kumasi, as part of efforts to enhance patronage for engineering courses.
Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah, Provost of the College, said the project was in line with the vision to churn out more technocrats in the field of engineering as the country searches for the critical manpower to spearhead its development agenda.
“We at the College aim at continuing this mandate by improving student learning experiences, quality of our teaching and research, and ensuring that our products make tangible contribution to the infrastructure and development needs of Ghana”, he noted.
The Day, the first engineering-based educational clinic to be introduced in the country, would be marked on the last Friday of January each year.
It affords final year students at the Senior High School (SHS) the opportunity to interact with lecturers and students of the College in order to gain a better understanding of the various engineering courses on offer and possible career opportunities.
The College uses this platform to showcase some of the creative projects embarked on by its students to support the country’s socio-economic aspirations.
Prof. Adom-Asamoah said the College had for the past 66 years been the leader in the training of engineers and currently, serving the nation in diverse ways to address engineering-related challenges.
It had evolved varied innovative products, including a solar-powered 4×4 vehicle, drone, fire detection sensor, amongst others, while their prototypes had undergone the necessary testing for further research and perfection.
The Provost hinted that the College currently runs 15 programmes in ten departments, assuring that the authorities would not relent in coming out with innovative programmes to enhance the skills and expertise of the students.
Reverend Prof. Charles Ansah, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the KNUST, said it was their determination to make courses in relation to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) more relevant to the society.
“This is because the nation needed more scientists to unlock her development potentials to alleviate poverty and create wealth for the people.”