Management of Koforidua Technical University (KTU) has announced that beginning next academic year the University will shift its focus to researching into communal problems in the Eastern region and provide innovative solutions within its purview to help achieve the various sustainable development goals.
The Vice Chancellor of KTU, Prof. Smile Gavua Dzisi, who revealed this added, experts in various faculties will also identify other opportunities the local authorities can tap into for revenue generation and job creation.
“Our core values -Innovation, Integrity and Impact. From next academic year we are looking at impacting our community and this one we want to collaborate with you [media] we want to identify the problems ,the challenges and some of the good opportunities in Eastern region.What can we do to improve the Region.What are some of the Challenges that we can solve”.
She added “as Technical University they need to fill our presence. It is not just lecturing the students or teaching in the Classroom .We need to identify societal so every department,every Faculty,every unit will be charged to identify a problem and try to solve it”.
Tertiary Institutions in the Ghana have over the years have been criticized over a seeming disconnect between its academic programs and challenges bedeviling communities.
The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) strategic plan captured in its policy framework encourages applied research in priority areas for national development in tertiary education institutions as well as ensuring relevance of tertiary education programmes to national development and income generation.
The Koforidua Technical University strategic plan embedded in its vision is to strive to become a Center of Excellence in applied research and a reference point for solution to community problems while providing standard Science and Technology Education
The University has therefore made strides securing strategic partnership with industry and the media in the realization of this vision.
At the Third Annual Media Soiree held over the weekend some media personnel were honoured for their incessant support for the progress of the University.
Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Kojo Ansah