In all, 17 projects of final year students from the various disciplines were showcased at the fair which was also attended by students from second cycle institutions, and representatives of corporate bodies and industries.
Those whose products were exhibited were drawn from the Institute’s Business School, Advanced School of Systems and Data Studies (ASSDAS) and the School of Advanced Technologies, Engineering and Science (SATES).
Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, in his speech read on his behalf, lauded the objective of the fair, which he said could open partnership and job opportunities for the graduating students.
He said Ghana has taken various steps in the sector to develop the skills of young people in an attempt to generate employment for the youth.
According to the Minister, government was conducting a national baseline survey in STI and that the outcome would guide institutions such as AIT in developing more programmes in STI to address the national deficit.
He urged the institute to partner the private sector in order to implement some of the innovative projects showcased, and urged the students to challenge themselves in acquiring more knowledge in their respective field.
“As Ghana strives to attain economic independence, I encourage innovation among our youth and call for academia and industry collaborations,” he said.
Dr. Benjamin Aggrey Ntim, Associate Dean for Innovation and Industrial Partnerships at AIT, said Ghana has taken several steps in the area of STI to develop young people in an attempt to generate employment for the youth.
According to him, the objective of the event was to demonstrate components of academic work of the institute which meets the immediate needs of the industry in the selected areas.
Dr. Aggrey Ntim said that projects on display have been identified to be suitable for further development, which can be adapted for industrial applications at the national and international levels.
He called on industries in the sector to collaborate with the school in order to bridge the gap between industry and academia.
He said that the curricular of AIT does not only include regular classroom teaching and online activities but also involve site visits to industrial plants where students learn and devise strategies to solve developmental problems.
By Emelia Enyonam Kuleke