The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) at Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo region, is to partner Solar Grid, a Canadian company and Zoomlion Ghana, to set up a plant to manufacture and assemble solar products in the school.
The project, is aimed at providing practical skills training opportunities for engineering students of the school who would undertake their industrial attachment with the plant.
Prof. Esi Awuah, Vice-Chancellor of the university, who announced this, indicated that “we are confident that through our increasing collaboration with our partners, we will continue to nurture high class professional graduates who can bring about the needed transformation in our country.”
She was speaking at the fourth matriculation ceremony of university here on Saturday, during which 749 fresh students took the matriculation oath.
Of those admitted, 677, representing 85 per cent, were males, while 117, representing 15 per cent were females. This brings the total student enrollment to 2,377.
According to Prof. Awuah, the university was making significant strides in infrastructural development with the construction of a 1,600 capacity hostel on the Sunyani campus. The project, which would be completed in 18 months, she said, would help to ease the accommodation problems facing the students.
In addition, she said a four-storey classroom lecture block had been awarded on contract, and that the contractor was expected to begin work soon.
Prof. Awuah said, the university has installed a state of the art fire equipment to monitor forest fires in Ghana and the sub-region in general, adding that “it is the first of its kind in the sub-region.”
“We are also in the process of building eco-drones to monitor the nefarious activities in our forest and illegal mining activities around the water bodies in the country.”
Welcoming the fresh students, the Vice Chancellor advised them to be committed to their studies and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the university.
She also warned them against breaching the regulations and indulging in vices such as examination malpractice, stealing, physical and sexual assaults among others, stressing that those caught engaging in such acts would be severely punished.
From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani