A University College of Applied Technology for automobile engineering training is expected to take off in September this year, in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, to bridge the gap between theory and practical work.
This follows the granting of accreditation by the National Accreditation Board to the Ghana Regional Appropriate Technology Industrial Services (GRATIS) to operate the university with emphasis on practical automobile engineering.
Automobile Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with designing, manufacturing and operating of automobiles.
The Chief Executive Officer of GRATIS, Emmanuel Asiedu, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times on Monday, said the main campus of the university had been completed and equipped with machinery at Koforidua, with one million dollar grant from the Korean government and Plan Ghana, a non-governmental organisation.
He said all the GRATIS facilities in the ten regional capitals would be converted into specialised campus for the various automobile engineering components, adding that “if you do not build an engine to run a vehicle, you cannot graduate from the university”.
Mr Asiedu explained that lack of practical oriented training in automobile engineering has been a bane of the country’s educational system.
He said the university would offer opportunities for the wayside mechanics, who often depended on “trial and error,” to acquire knowledge in the theory to complement their practical skills, and also enable the engineering students who had knowledge in the theory to have more practical knowledge in automobile engineering.
The Chief Executive Officer of GRATIS said it was expected that the products of the university would be well–equipped and have professional orientation to handle the sophiscated vehicles that were being imported into the country.
The GRATIS is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry with the mission to research into appropriate technology, to facilitate the social, economic and industrial development of Ghana.
The management of GRATIS and the University of Ghana, Legon, on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for partnership to promote practical training and research for solutions to address challenges facing industrial development.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman