The Kumasi campus of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has set out to improve on infrastructure, staff capacity and programme relevance in a bid to improve upon their competitiveness.
According to Professor Mawutor Avoke, Vice Chancellor of the university, the effort was to enable the university to sustain and enhance its quality education standard, as well as make it attractive to prospective students and staff.
Addressing the 10th congregation of the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK), Prof. Avoke noted that as part of the redevelopment move, the Department of Languages Education has been created.
In addition, he said the first batch of 160 students, mainly polytechnic lecturers and technical school teachers, were to benefit from a development of skills project jointly sponsored by the government, African Development Bank and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
The university, he said, has also refurbished and renovated a number of the halls of residence, the college’s old auditorium, some staff bungalows and the principal’s lodge, and also installed a high duty generator set for the faculty block to ensure uninterrupted power supply for lecture halls and offices.
Furthermore, he said that the college has struck a partnership deal with the Hamsted University in Sweden, for staff and student exchange programmes, in addition to a collaborative arrangement with the Penn State University, USA, and the University for Sustainable Development in Germany, for teaching support.
He announced that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the College and the Ghana Police Service for the construction of a police station on campus to enhance the protection of both lives and property on the campus.
A total of 3,367 students, comprising 635 postgraduates and 2,732 undergraduates graduated at the ceremony.
From Godwin Ofosu-Acheampong, Kumasi.