A former Member of Parliament for the Bantama Constituency, Honourable Daniel Okyem Aboagye, has called on the Management of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) to explore the possibility of partnership towards sourcing support for the University’s expeditious development.
Mr. Aboagye indicated a keen interest in the University and that he said stemmed from the conviction that AAMUSTED could be the ultimate panacea to the nation’s overbearing unemployment problems if properly managed and adequately resourced. That conviction, he further explained, followed a careful study of the University’s mandates and the calculated steps that the leadership of the University was taking to build a solid foundation for the University to achieve those mandates.
AAMUSTED, Ghana’s newest public university, has the mandate to provide higher education in technical, vocational, and entrepreneurial training to develop skilled manpower for job creation and economic development. It also trains professional teachers in TVET and Entrepreneurial Development to teach in all TVET Institutions in Ghana and works with industry and the community to provide holistic training for teachers.
As part of the March 17, 2022 visit, the Management conducted Mr. Aboagye around the University campus to familiarise himself with the state of various workshops, laboratories, lecture theatres, and other facilities and installations. He also visited the sites of ongoing projects, including a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship incubation center, hall of residence, and classroom blocks.
His reaction after the visit was that of a pleasant surprise, especially over the optimal level the University was managing the available facilities, which in his estimation, was way inadequate for the task at hand.
He, therefore, encouraged the university leadership to keep working hard and find ways to leverage the private sector to its advantage since AAMUSTED would ultimately be grooming the right caliber of personnel the private sector is seeking to hire. He gave the University an unrestrained assurance of his readiness to support in the quest to make AAMUSTED great.
“I am very happy to partner with you,” he said gleefully and proposed that the Management set up a date for another meeting with him to fashion out details of the partnership so actual work could begin without delay. Mr. Aboagye expressed gratitude to the Management for the warm reception.
The Vice-Chancellor of AAMUSTED, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, was happy that the former MP had shown interest in the development of the University. He assured Honourable Aboagye that the University is open to mutually beneficial partnerships since that was necessary to propel the University to higher heights.
Moreover, he said striking partnerships fulfill one of the University’s core mandates to work with industry and the community for the holistic training of teachers.
Also available to receive Mr. Aboagye were the Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. James Kagya-Agyemang; Acting Registrar, Mr. Michael Kofi Adu; Head of Department of Works and Physical Development, Ing. Richard Nketia Okyere, and Transport Coordinator, Mr. Alvin Andor.