Nine out of the Eleven Tertiary institutions affiliated to KNUST have held an Appreciation Dinner in honour of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. K.K. Adarkwa at the Anita Hotel in Ejisu on Saturday, 10th July, 2010.
The purpose of the Dinner was to show appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor for his immense contributions and the role he played in seeing to it that all MOUs were signed between the KNUST and the affiliate institutions during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of KNUST.
All the Nine institutions poured out a litany of praises on the Vice-Chancellor for what they termed his total and unflinching support to them and making them stand tall among the other University Colleges in the Country.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to the Affiliate Institutions for the honour done him and his family. According to him he was overwhelmed by the superlatives that were used to describe him and his achievements and also appreciated the goodwill he had enjoyed from the affiliate institutions over the years.
Speaking further, the Vice-Chancellor said there was little doubt about the critical role tertiary institutions played in developing economies; particularly, in the context of globalization. This is as a result of the fact that the knowledge and skills required to perform different activities were provided at the tertiary level and its products are considered as sufficiently prepared to enter the world of work after school. It is, therefore, not surprising that a lot more people are seeking to into tertiary education to put them in a better position to contribute their quota to the development of their economies. This later development has put pressure on the country’s tertiary education sector to increase correspondingly to respond to the ever increasing student numbers.
According to him, in order not to deny many people seeking tertiary education, immediately he assumed office, he caused the University to set in motion the process of formalizing the affiliation processes to allow more institutions which shared the mission of the KNUST to be offered the opportunity to offer taught undergraduate programmes leading to the award of joint certificates by KNUST and the affiliate institutions.
He indicated that, through this process, KNUST has been able to offer affiliation to about eleven institutions that are running various graduate and undergraduate degree programmes to several students who would have otherwise not gained admission to the well-known traditional state-owned universities. He said, about 20 more applications are currently under review.
Present at the occasion were the Chairman of the KNUST Council, Mr. P.V. Obeng who was also the Chairman for the occasion, the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. W.O. Ellis, Provosts of Colleges of KNUST, the Registrar, Mr. Kobby Yebo-Okrah and representatives of the affiliate institutions.