His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has indicated his unflinching support for the newly established Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED). The King sees AAMUSTED as a panacea to the development challenges of the country.
Therefore, he is prepared to visit AAMUSTED as soon as practicable to familiarise himself with the current state of affairs and collaborate with the University’s Governing Council and the Management to explore avenues of opportunity for the university’s development.
The Asantehene made the allusions during a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace by the Governing Council and the Management of AAMUSTED on April 30, 2021.
Since 2005, His Royal Majesty, the Asantehene, said he started selling the idea to presidents of Ghana to convert the Kumasi and Asante Mampong Campuses of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), into a full-fledged autonomous university.
The idea was for the new university to train teachers to champion Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Entrepreneurship training in Ghana. He was, therefore, happy that the dream has come to fruition eventually.
Meanwhile, he charged the University leadership to unite and work very hard so that the Ghanaian youth can develop relevant competencies to work in the world of work and establish their own businesses. He said that would change the unfortunate situation where students completed school only to chase hardly available employment opportunities.
In that regard, the Asantehene urged the University Leadership to ensure the proper management of AAMUSTED and work at adequately resourcing it to achieve its mandate as a TVET and Entrepreneurship Training University.
He commended the Chairman and the Members of Governing Council of the University for their astuteness in diverse fields that warranted their appointment onto the Governing Council and hoped that they would bring their experiences and sources of opportunity to bear on the university’s expeditious development and progress. The King also commended the University Management for their hard work thus far.
Given the opportunity, the Council Chairman, Mr. Paul Kwasi Agyemang, asked for support from the Asantehene to bolster efforts by the university to expand existing facilities including, lecture halls, halls of residence, and library.
He explained the mandate given to AAMUSTED and assured the King that the university was already in smooth operation, adding that tireless work to ensure the university’s success and speedy progress was underway.
The visit to the Manhyia Palace, according to Mr. Agyemang, was to introduce the members of the Governing Council and the University Management members officially to the King as the leaders of AAMUSTED and seek his blessings to be successful at the task handed to them.
The members of the AAMUSTED delegation to the Manhyia Palace were the Chairman of Governing Council, Mr. Paul Kwasi Agyemang; Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo; Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. James K. Kagya-Agyemang and the Acting Director of Finance, Mr. Geoffrey Mensah.
Others were Madam Nora Bannerman Abbot, Nana Bamfi-Adomako, Prof. Emmanuel Dartey, Dr. Kwame Ansong-Gyimah, and Dr. Stephen Baffour Agyei, all Council Members. The rest were the Deputy Registrar responsible for University Relations, Mr. Michael Kofi Twum-Ampomah, and an Accountant, Madam Janet Acheampong Otoo.