KNUST establishes Obuasi satellite campus

By
Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Aug. 14, GNA
– The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has
established a campus at the mining city of Obuasi in the Ashanti Region, in a
bid to increase access to tertiary education to many Ghanaians.

The campus, which
officially opens in September, this year, would run courses related to mining
and these range from Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering,
Mechanical and Materials, Geological, Geomatic to Environmental Science.

Professor Kwasi
Obiri-Danso, Vice-Chancellor of the University, who announced this, added that
the University authorities would in addition, roll out sub courses in Business
Administration, with plans to run graduate programmes in the future.

The development is
another feat for KNUST which has over years birthed some notable universities,
including University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) and University of Energy
and Natural Resources (UENR).

Prof Obiri-Danso,
who was speaking at the 53rd congregation ceremony of KNUST in
Kumasi, lauded Anglogold Ashanti and the Obuasi Municipal Assembly for making
cash donations towards refurbishment of facilities at the new campus.

This would ensure
smooth take-off of the campus for the benefit of prospective students.

This year’s
congregation had a total of 20, 177 graduates, including 7, 105 undergraduate
and 1, 072 graduate students receiving certificates.

Out of the
undergraduate students 930, representing 34 per cent, graduated with First
Class.

Prof. Obiri-Danso said
the University has also established a Faculty of Educational Studies in
response to the government’s policy to affiliate all Colleges of Education to
the public universities.

Consequently, the
University had been selected to play a mentoring role for the Akrokerri,
Wesley, St Joseph and EP Bimbilla Colleges of Education.

The Vice-Chancellor
said the authorities have stepped up efforts in upgrading facilities and
structures at the University to help provide more classrooms and other teaching
and learning aids for the growing number of students applying for admission to
be served.

GNA            

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