In furtherance of collaborative explorations and training in the fields of engineering, curriculum development, research programmes among others, Accra Technical University (ATU) have committed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
The memorandum which was consummated on Thursday, August 9, 2018 is the first collaboration by the University with one of the nation’s security intelligence since attaining Technical University status.
In his welcome address to receive the delegation, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Accra Technical University, Professor Edmund Ameko underscored the importance of partnering with one of Ghana’s finest security institutions.
He touted the revered reputation of the Ghana Armed Forces, as one that has imprinted in the minds of the Ghanaian populace, a sense of discipline, professionalism and the assurance of security.
“We all know how disciplined the military has been over the years and we are delighted to associate ourselves with them because our institution has the commitment to produce excellence and discipline among our students”, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor hinted that the University together with development partners from the Republic of Korea have plans underway to introduce a course in Drone Technology, which will at some stages need scrutiny from the GAF.
The Memorandum sets forth provisions that will see both institutions commit to cooperating in the development of training and research programmes in related fields of study, while providing internship opportunities, exposure, workshops and facilities for lecturers, students and other staff.
The delegation from the GAF was led by the Director General, Training of the Ghana Armed Forces, Air Commodore I. R Wayoe and accompanied by Col. J. K Akou – Adjei, Deputy Director General Training (DDG), Lt. Col. J.K Kumado, ADG Training and Col. Y. Lanlavi Director Trg & Doc.
Air Commodore Wayoe recognized the efforts that were made in the lead up to the signing. He expressed weighty gratitude at the recognition of identifying the Ghana Armed Forces as development partners in the areas of training, research and academic curriculum.
He further stated that the memorandum is in tandem with the Ghana Armed Forces desire to struck more collaborations with academic institutions in the areas of mentorship and other disciplines of which the Military expertise in.
Present at the signing ceremony were a cross section of members of staff including the Registrar of the University, the Legal Officer, Deans, Directors and heads of departments, attended as witnesses to the historic occasion.