The President, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo has said that the Government is working out modalities to invest heavily in Technical Universities and TVETto give meaning to technical and vocational education in Ghana. This he said would not only equip graduates with employable skills for the world’s competitive job market but would also help in the technological advancement of the country. These were contained in a statement read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of TVET, Hon Mrs. Barbara Asher Ayisi at the inauguration of the Accra Technical University- Mpehuasem Campus in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region last Thursday. Apart from the inauguration of the new Accra Technical University- Mpehuasem Campus (ATU-MC), He also commissioned the following projects;
- Building and Construction Workshop
- Electrical and Electronic Workshop
- Automobile Workshop
- Carpentry and Joinery Workshop
The rest of the projects are Laboratory for Skills Development and Training in Drone Assembly, Programming and Flight Training, 3D Printing, and CDMA Wireless System Installation and Deployment, and the cutting of sod for the construction of an irrigation dam on the Panto Stream to support the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Agribusiness. All these projects have been provided by the Government of the Republic of Ghana under the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP).The president said this would greatly empower Accra Technical University to fulfil its mission of producing graduates fully equipped for the world of work and to provide technology solutions through applied research to industry and communities.
The President said due to the importance his administration attached to technical and vocation education, the Government had secured a loan and a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) amounting to 70 million US Dollars towards the cost of the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP).
He said the Development of Skills for Industry Project is designed to reinforce the Government of Ghana’s efforts to reform the technical training and vocational education sub-sector and is one of the interventions by the government and development partners to improve access to quality education. ‘Government is committed to upgrading TVET institutions across the country and even moving on to provide twenty state -of -the- art TVET institutions and a centre of excellence across all the regions of Ghana’. The President stated.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of the Accra Technical University, Professor Ralph Kinston Asabre, in an address was full of praise to the government and all the development partners who made the realization of ATU New Campus project a success. The Chairman said the role of Technical Universities was unique and that the Accra Technical University would remain focused on its mandate of churning out skills and practical based graduates,
The Acting Vice Chancellor of the Accra Technical University, Professor Edmund Ameko thanked the Government for the support the University had received over the years especially in establishing the New Campus of the University, adding that the realization of this laudable project was a dream come true. He said the CDMA Wireless System Installation and Deployment would begin operations at the New Campus in January 2019 adding that the training would be provided through short courses of 2 – 3 months duration.
Prof Ameko said the Faculties of Engineering and Built Environment respectively would begin practical classes at the new campus from February 2019. He said the realisation of the ATU – MC was part of the practical steps that the University was taking in preparation to admit the large influx of students from the Free SHS programme
The Chief of Mpehuasem, Nana Brame Okai II thanked the government for the honour they have done them by establishing a university campus in the area. The establishment of a university in their soil, he said, would go a long way in raising its image and lead to economic development of the area. He said the best legacy one could bequeath his child was education, adding that the establishment of Accra Technical University – Mpehuasem campus should encourage the youth in his traditional area to attain university education as education has always been the key to success. Nana Brame Okai appealed to the government to develop the area more by constructing police station, clinic, roads and other social amenities for use by residents and the large influx of students who would come and seek higher education in the area.
The inaugural ceremony was colourful and was well attended by Management and staff of the university, high ranking government officials, industry players, Chiefs and Queen mothers from the Mpehuasem and its environs, who are the Landlords of the New Campus and people from all walks of life.
Accra Technical University was initially established as a Technical School in 1949, commissioned as Accra Technical Institute in 1957, renamed Accra Polytechnic in 1963, elevated to a tertiary status in 1992 and converted to a Technical University in 2016.The University has established strategic partnerships with several government agencies in the country, and with academia and industry both locally and internationally, as part of the university’s research, community engagement, academia – industry collaboration, and Internationalisation strategies.
The University has signed a memorandum of agreement with A–TechGroup Korea Inc.(A-TGK), a company in South Korea committed to developing environmentally friendly technology for sustainable development.
Drone technology is currently used for a variety of purposes including Land Administration, Risk Assessment, Forestry Management, Urban Planning, Coastal Zone Management, Infrastructure Monitoring, and Post- Disaster Damage Assessment. Potential future uses of Drones in development work include Delivery of medical supplies, Search and rescue, Fire fighting (urban and forest fires), Radiological, atmospheric, and environmental sensing, Agriculture (data collection and crop management), Internet connectivity in rural and remote areas and that has informed the university’s decision to introduce drone technology in its curriculum