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SUNYANI TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

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Partnership with Fanshawe College in Canada on STEM

As part of efforts aimed at strengthening bonds with strategic international partners, the Sunyani Technical University (STU) and Fanshawe College in Canada are set to embark on a transformative journey, co-creating a train-the-trainer programme.

This initiative is expected to empower scholars in STEM and electric vehicle technology fundamentals, contributing to Ghana's National Development Plan.

The project is under the sponsorship of the Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 (BCDI 2030), funded by the Global Affairs Canada and jointly administered by Colleges and Institutes Canada, CICan.

The partnership which has won a grant of 500,000 Canadian Dollars under the BCDI 2030 for training of 20 staff of STU, including 11 women and 9 men, as the project focuses on empowering women in STEM and Electric Vehicle Technologies, will kick-start in April 2024.

Shared commitment

Signing the agreement for the partnership on Fanshawe campus in London Ontario over the week ending, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, expressed appreciation to the management of Fanshawe College, represented by its International Programmes Director, Dr Candace Miller, for the opportunity for the two institutions to share experiences for national development and global impact.

“This partnership symbolizes our shared commitment to global education and development”, Prof Adinkrah-Appiah said, adding that: “We extend our sincere appreciation to Global Affairs Canada for their invaluable support.

He also said STU is much excited to collaborate with Fanshawe College in shaping the future of education and fostering international partnerships.


STU and Sanlam Life Insurance Ghana Limited Partner to Secure Student Welfare

In a significant stride towards enhancing student welfare, Sunyani Technical University (STU) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sanlam Ghana. This milestone collaboration introduces a comprehensive insurance coverage scheme, providing students and their guardians with financial protection in the event of *death or accidents resulting in permanent disability.

As the academic year advances, students and their families can take solace in the fact that STU has proactively taken measures to safeguard their financial interests during challenging times. This strategic alliance between Sunyani Technical University and Sanlam Life Insurance Ghana Limited underscores the institution's unwavering dedication to its students' well-being, marking a pivotal moment in the university's history.

On the 6th of October 2023, STU Management, in conjunction with the Student Representative Council (SRC), officially signed a mutually beneficial group education policy to enhance students' welfare and security.

Sanlam Life Insurance Ghana Limited, led by their Managing Director and CEO, Tawiah Ben-Ahmed, presented a customized group welfare assurance benefits package designed to improve the livelihoods, loyalty, and motivation of students.

The university delegation at the signing ceremony was led by the Vice-Chancellor, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, and included the Registrar, Mr. Samuel Ankama Obour; the Dean of Students, Mrs. Vida Owusu-Prempeh; Mr. Job Manu, Deputy Registrar, Academics; the University Legal Officer, and Mr. Frank Owusu, the Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor's Secretariat. The SRC President and his executives also attended.

During his address at the signing, MD/CEO of Sanlam Insurance emphasized that while many insurance companies primarily focus on the general public, it is equally important to consider the welfare of students.

This insurance policy provides life and disability assurance coverage as additional benefits for students.

Scope of Benefits:

Premium per year: 20 Ghana Cedis per student, covered by the university via student school fees.

The policy cover will cater for unpaid tuition fees and future fees for a student in the unfortunate event of a parent or sponsoring guardian's death or permanent disability. Maintenance allowance for student linked to the death or permanent disability of parents or sponsoring guardians - 500 Ghana cedis per semester to student.

In the event of a student's death, a payment of 1,000 Ghana Cedis to the family. Coverage of accidental injuries during internships and attachments with a payment of up to 3,000 Ghana Cedis to the student.

In addition to these benefits, other proposals including entrepreneurship and seminar training were discussed.

Sanlam Life Insurance Ghana Ltd. has pledged to ensure the proper welfare of students, an assurance welcomed by the Dean of Students and SRC, who facilitated this partnership. Further discussions on proposed benefits and ongoing collaborations are anticipated in the future, as both parties remain committed to the holistic well-being of STU students.

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Involve Technical Universities in AfCFTA Implementation – STU Council Chair

Ing. Dr. Kwame Agyeman Boakye, Chairman of the Sunyani Technical University (STU) Governing Council, says technical universities must be deeply involved in Ghana’s drive to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the flagship programme aimed at boosting intra-African trade. In his view, since Ghana’s Technical Universities are strategically positioned throughout the country, they are the natural technology nodes for national development.

“Thus, properly oriented, they could be major promoters and catalysts for any national development thrusts such as the Government’s One District, One Factory, One Village, One Dam, One Household, One Toilet, or in general 1X1Y, as well as become a strong platform for Ghana Beyond Aid”, he said this at the 15th Congregation of STU held over the weekend.

Ing Dr Boakye stated that where there is no production, trade soon becomes empty, the capabilities of the technical universities can also be applied to help to break the African paradox of the coexistence of wealth and poverty by adding value to the variety of mineral and natural resources that abound in Ghana and across the whole continent, even beyond AfCFTA.

He said: "By doing so we will simultaneously address the challenge of Africa having the youngest population among all continents with a high percentage of talented youth, but without the capacity to optimally convert the abundant stock of energy to employable skills."

"To help the Technical Universities to successfully play their national role, we must work consciously to ensure that they are appropriately directed, resourced, supported, and managed. Among others, they require modern practical training centers and facilities in support of their mission", the STU Council chair further noted.

He also said collaboration with industry is critical as both lecturers and students need opportunities for industrial experience, adding that "workshops and conferences in science, technology, engineering, and innovation-related areas can help to update knowledge on current developments in industry relevant to academic work and equip faculty with the needed skills and knowledge to teach and ensure that students become competitive in the job market on completion of their program of study.”

According to Ing. Dr. Boakye, Technical Universities are expected to offer students the requisite practical training in specific disciplines that would mold them into resourceful innovators and entrepreneurs.

He said the education is expected to be practical and forward-looking in approach, to train students who can create jobs rather than rely on the Government for employment, and as such TVET has long been acknowledged as a vital part of human resource development and a critical tool for socio-economic development.

"Furthermore, it can be a significant driver in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as reducing poverty, expanding opportunities for lifelong learning, and creating jobs and decent work for all", he stated.

"The Technical Universities are, therefore, expected to play a major national role in promoting and leading the practical application of Science, Technology, and Engineering in Ghana. These, undoubtedly, are the critical drivers for the socio-economic development of any country and have helped to transform societies to provide significantly improved living conditions" he again said.

Thus, our Technical Universities should be in the lead to make Ghana modern and competitive on the global level. This, I view as a national duty that we at STU and the other Technical Universities must continuously rededicate ourselves to. There is no better occasion than Congregation to remind ourselves of that commitment.

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VC encourages Jaman Youth to Venture into TVET

Vice-Chancellor of Sunyani Technical University, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah has encouraged the youth to cultivate keen interest in lifelong learning, particularly in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

In his view, by acquiring relevant skills, they can establish their own businesses and provide employment opportunities for other young individuals.

“Do not look forward only to the grammar type of education to eventually seek for non-existing white-color jobs. However, TVET, Engineering and Technology Education will help you gain employment faster and be successful quite easily,” he said.

Ing. Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah was speaking on the topic: “Building Self-Esteem: learning to put your best self forward” at the Jaman Youth Seminar held last Friday at the Drobo Senior High School at Drobo in the Jaman South district of the Bono region.

The seminar was organized by the Jaman Youth Foundation as part of its annual conference, which attracted about 1000 participants, mainly natives of Jaman North and South.

“I will continue to urge you all to remove your political lenses and discuss issues that will benefit your personal and community growth. The present and future of our communities largely depend on our activism and conduct as Youth of Jaman.

“Building our self-esteem and confidence would build better communities, and there is no doubt that our aspirations and personal developments will influence the success and progress of our places of living and our country Ghana at large”, he said.

He emphasized that politics has become an unavoidable aspect of our communities, but cautioned that without strong self-confidence and moral values, the youth can easily fall victim to the manipulations of unscrupulous political figures who seek to divide rather than unite communities. He urged political parties to instill good moral values in their followers, fostering positive self-esteem to prevent chaos and promote a harmonious society.

Ing. Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah described self-esteem as one's perception of oneself and emphasized its significance in shaping actions and aspirations.

He urged the youth to focus on continuous education, particularly in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), to acquire relevant skills for entrepreneurship and job creation.

He further stressed the importance of supporting needy students through education for a sustainable future.

Building self-esteem, he added, leads to understanding, love, and peace within communities. The Vice-Chancellor encouraged individuals to set realistic goals, seek mentorship, and avoid divisive attitudes, fostering a united and prosperous community.

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Bono Minister Encourages STU Products to own their Businesses

The Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu Banahene, has challenged products of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to learn to set up their businesses to help curb the rate of unemployment in the country.

She said by because students in TVET institutions acquire employable skills and professional training, they are expected to be job creators and not job seekers.

"Purpose in your heart that you can make it and become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country in the future and gradually, you will get there by the grace of God", she said.

The Regional Minister was addressing the 15th Congregation of the Sunyani Technical University in Sunyani over the weekend.

A total of 2,286 graduands were awarded Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) degrees, Higher National Diploma (HND), and other non-tertiary Diploma Certificates in Engineering, TVET, Applied Science and Technology, Built Environment, and Applied Art, as well as Business and Management Studies.

Out of the graduating list, 1,499, representing 65.6%, were males, while 787, representing, 34.4% were females. In terms of distribution according to classes, 305 (13.3%) obtained First Class, 1,288 (56.3%) obtained Second Class Upper Division, 665 (29.1%) obtained Second Class Lower Division and 28 (1.3%) obtained a Pass.

Be innovative

The Regional Minister reiterated that TVET is aimed at building students to be innovative to start up their businesses to contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of this country without having to depend on the government for employment.

"As graduates of this august technical university, you are required to come out with business ideas and plans and seek the needed support that would enable you to establish your businesses. Even if you encounter challenges on your way, do not give up, keep pushing forward and tell yourself that you shall make it. In fact, that is the essence of TVET", she again said.

Staff development

In his address to Convocation, the Vice-Chancellor, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah said in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Management is currently pursuing an aggressive staff development Plan which will dramatically improve the faculty qualifications by the end of 2025.

To this end, the University is spending some Gh¢1.5 million from its IGF sources to sponsor more than 50 staff to pursue PhD degrees in both local and foreign Universities.

“Also, more scholarship opportunities are being sought by Management to assist other staff to pursue their PhD degrees in some foreign countries. The prospects are that by the end of the current Strategic Plan period, 2025, the University would have trained over 100 PhD holders to manage teaching and learning in the Lecture Halls”, the Vice-Chancellor added.

To the graduands, the VC asked them to be worthy ambassadors of the Sunyani Technical University “as you join the Alumni Association today. As an institution that has trained and made you who you are today, remember to contribute regularly, at least once a year, into the STU Endowment Fund.”

Ing. Dr. Kwame A. Boakye, Chairman, of Sunyani Technical University Council used the occasion to rally more support toward the STU Endowment Fund.

The Fund, he explained, is intended to build a platform that helps to support, sustain and extend the 55 years of progress and achievement in TVET and Engineering Education.

Some deserving students were recognised for their exceptional academic performances. The Overall Best Student Award went to Mercy Musah, who took home cash of Gh.c 1,000.00 and a citation.

The Best Engineering Student Award went to Gbeddy Delight, who took home a plaque, a laptop, a cheque for Gh.c 3,000.00 from Kasapreko Company Limited, and a cash of Gh.c 500.00 from the University.

One of the female graduands presented a portrait of the Regional Minister to her for being an inspiration to the student’s success story.

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