One does not need to hold PhD or Master’s degree to teach in a technical university – Dr Asiedu

The government has been urged to vary the requirements needed to become a lecturer in the traditional and technical universities instead of the prevailing practice where the same requirement is being applied for both.

The Chief Executive Officer of Gratis Foundation, Dr Emmanuel Kwaku Asiedu, who made the call explained that considering the uniqueness of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), one does not necessarily need to hold a PhD or a Master’s degree to be able to teach in a technical university.

“Technical universities are not traditional universities, you don’t need PhDs to teach here, you don’t need Masters to be a lecturer, we don’t need to put you on the same level and say that let’s compare. There is no comparison because we are technical universities; practically oriented, what is needed is what the fellow is coming out with, not the degree,” he argued.

Dr  Asiedu was speaking at the maiden edition of a series of quarterly colloquiums organised by the Sunyani Technical University at the school’s main auditorium in Sunyani.

It was under the theme, “Science, engineering, technology and innovations for sustainable national development.”

Dr Asiedu, who is credited for saving the Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) at Tema GH¢200,000 yearly for 10 years (from 1993 – 2003) by manufacturing locally grinding discs for a milling machine and stopped their importation, challenged university graduates to think outside the box and help solve some of the challenges facing their communities.

In his opinion, engineering should be “the combination of mathematics, science and technology to produce creative solutions to real world problems.”

“If after all the science you do, after all the engineering you do; all that you can do is to prove a formula or calculate or use the Kirchhoff’s current law to calculate whatever it is…” then one is being less useful to society. There should be empirical evidence of the mathematical and the scientific method that you have studied…,” the CEO said.

“I want to challenge every student here, every engineering student here; every science student here, come up with a new innovation, come up with a new thing, do the practicals, apply your scientific and mathematical knowledge,” he said.

Touching on the government’s One-District, One-Factory policy, the renowned entrepreneur was emphatic that it was achievable within a four-year period.

“The One-District, One-Factory, is doable within four years if we put the right measures in place,” he said.

For his part the STU Council Chairman, Dr. Kwame Agyenim Boateng, re-echoed the critical role of science, technology and engineering and innovations in the development of any nation.

“The difference between the developed and developing nations is attributable to the advancement in technology, science, engineering and innovation. If Africa and Ghana were to develop, it is imperative to invest in science, technology and engineering,” he stressed.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, hoped that the series of colloquiums being organised by the Sunyani Technical University would positively impact on the country’s industrialisation drive, especially programmes such as the One-District, One-Factory and the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, SUNYANI

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