KNUST Opens Accra Distance Learning Campus

TThe front view of the Accra City Campus and IDL Learning Centre of KNUST (3)he Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) yesterday commissioned its Gh¢ 10.5 million complex for its Accra campus for distance learning The six-storey complex with a basement has nine to 150 seater lecture halls, 120-seater computer centre, and server rooms, staff rooms and two student halls and several offices. It would be used to upgrade the operations of the university’s Institute of Distance Learning(IDL). Commissioning the IDL Accra campus at Pokuase in the Ga West municipality, Professor William Otoo Ellis, Vice-Chancellor of KNUST said with the completion of this project, started in December 2012, “our office accommodation and lecture hall problems at our Accra centre would be a thing of the past”. He announced that aside the Accra campus, processes were currently ongoing with the selection of a contractor for their northern sector campus at Tamale while negotiations were also being concluded on a parcel of land at Takoradi for the Western campus. He said the IDL currently runs 17 undergraduate programmes from the various departments of the university in addition to 13 postgraduate programmes. Additionally, it has a student population of over 10,000 in 13 different centres all over Ghana and two offshore pilot virtual campuses, one in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and another in Nigeria. Prof. Ellis said the IDL of the KNUST was restructured in 2005 to reposition it to offer a complementary platform to the normal conventional lecture room sessions which is delivered on the main campus of the university in Kumasi. “All these are aimed at fulfilling our avowed goal to make science and technology education accessible to the citizenry of this nation in tandem with government’s policy on tertiary education and education technology innovations that provides the policy framework for Ghanaian universities to increase access to tertiary education,” he stressed. Prof. Ellis expressed gratitude to all who assisted the university in putting up its Accra campus and appealed to the Ga West Municipal Assembly to help construct the roads around the campus to ensure easy access and put the roads leading to the campus in shape. By Joseph Edu Archison  

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