The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST has commissioned a Centre for Development in fulfillment of some key objectives in the strategic plan of KNUST, PLAN2K14. It is also in fulfillment of the vision of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. William Otoo Ellis “To Develop an Incubator and Technology park and Business centre to facilitate transfer of research outputs to end users with the support of private sector and other stakeholders.”
The vision of the centre is “To globally position KNUST as a premier centre of excellence for teaching and research in Science and Technology development using innovative business approaches.” It seeks to achieve this by providing supports to all disciplines in KNUST to build relationships among academia, industry and stakeholder. It will also create awareness and develop new business opportunities for future collaborations.
The Centre for Business Development has a primary responsibility of innovating and developing new products related to Science and Technology, Humanities, Law, Business and Art, as well as the development of corporate and community relations.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. William Otoo Ellis in his speech during the commissioning of the Centre challenged students to come back and help the school when they graduate. The Guest speaker for the occasion, Managing Director of Airtel-Ghana, Mr. Philip Sowah in his speech said the Centre will go a long way to help student since it help bridge the gap between Academia and Industries.
In order to achieve the vision of the Centre, it has been put into six Departments and Units. These include Resource Raising Department, Industrial Relations and Internship Department, Entrepreneurship and SME Development Department, Unit for Innovations and Business Excellence, Kumasi Business Incubator and Intellectual Property Unit.
- WRITTEN BY: NABIL AHMED RUFAI
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