ACCRA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY HOLDS 19TH CONGREGATION

Accra Technical University has awarded Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degrees and other certificates to students who successfully met all requirements of the University.
The ceremony which took place on Friday 29th November and Saturday 30th November, 2019, was the 19th Congregation since the institution was established.
Out of a total of 4,160 students, 339 students graduated with Bachelor of Technology (BTech), 3,676 with Higher National Diploma (HND) while 145 students from the School of Ordnance of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) graduated with Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Advance Certificate.
In all, 6.3 per cent, representing 263 students, graduated with First Class Honours, 1,271 representing 30.6 per cent were awarded with Second Class Upper, whereas 2,204, (53.0 per cent), and 422, (10.1 per cent), graduated with Second Class Lower and Pass respectively.
Addressing the gathering, the Vice-Chancellor of Accra Technical University, Professor Samuel Nii Odai, said the University had seen a substantial surge in student population lately. He said the University, in 2019, received a staggering 9,793 applications, of which 7,002 were admitted.
Prof. Odai added that the University Management were on course to improve the Uiversity’s infrastructure to accommodate the potential upsurge in tertiary education owing to the Free Senior High School Policy.  
In line with this, he said lands had been acquired for property expansion into staff and students’ residential facilities, the construction of a four-storey lecture theatre complex, expansion of the HCIM Auditorium into a 4-storey lecture edifice and improvement of the school Clinic into a Clinic and Diagnostic Centre.
Madam Elizabeth Sackey, the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister and Professor Kwasi Yankah, Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education who were the Special Guests of Honour for day one and two respectively,  reiterated the Government’s commitment to the development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).  Hon. Sackey said this was was vital to addressing the unemployment situation in the country.
On his part, Prof. Yankah said the Government through the Skills Development Fund had provided capacity building and technology development grants of over US$ 45 million to 617 companies and institutions, including TVET.
Dr Violet Makuku, a Quality Assurance Expert, and Ing. Ebenezer Eklemet, an Electrical Engineering Consultant, who were both Guest Speakers applauded the University for its contribution to the country’s human capital through technical and vocational education and urged both students to be focused and do more beyond classroom work.
Awards and prizes were given to deserving students; Roberta Krasewa Thompson was awarded the Overall Best Graduating HND student on Friday, while Islam Aruna clinched the Overall Best Graduating BTech Student.