STU students undergo training in Research Methods

About 450 students of Sunyani Technical University (STU) have been taken through a two-day training workshop on Research Methods at the Kwasi Nsiah Auditorium of the University.

It was organised under the auspices of the Registrar’s office to build the capacity of the students, especially those in the final years, in the areas of academic research and writing skills.

The sessions were generally interactive as the Resource Persons involved the audience through questions intermittently.

Dr. Isaac Yaw Deh, the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Grants and Research, officially opened the workshop on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Deh, who sat through the entire 2-day programme, entreated the students to take the session seriously to derive maximum benefits from it.

The Resource Persons, Dr. Stella Agyeman – Dua, Director of Springboard; Dr. Francis Atsu, Senior Lecturer, GIMPA and Prof Francis Fatoye, Manchester Metropolitan University took turns to engage the students through PowerPoint presentations in various aspects of academic research and writing.

Students who were interviewed after the training session expressed their delight at the content of the programme and expressed their appreciation to the management for facilitating such an educative and enlightening programme for them.

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STU steals the Show at the 2nd GHATUSA Opening Ceremony in Tamale

The contingent of athletes and officials of Sunyani Technical University became the toast of the media and the public during the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Ghana Technical Universities Sports Association (GHATUSA) Games held at Aliu Mahama Stadium in Tamale on Monday, November 15, 2022.

Contrary to the usual track-suits, officials and athletes wear for such ceremonies, the STU contingent stormed the stadium in their beautifully designed 55th Anniversary Cloth to the admiration of Guests and other participating universities. As if that was not enough, the stadium came to life when the STU contingent was filing past the VIP Box, amidst dancing and cheering.

The 2nd GHATUSA Games are currently underway in Tamale with Tamale Technical University as the host. The event which kicked off on Friday, November 11 will come to end on November 20.

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STU Calls for Increased GETFund Allocation

The Management of Sunyani Technical University has called for an increase in the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) annual allocation to the university toward the early completion of the Science Park project, which began almost two decades ago. The 4-storey Science Park project began in 2007 but several years down the line, only the Ground floor has been completed and put to use.

Speaking at the durbar held over the weekend to climax activities marking the 55th anniversary of the university, the Vice-Chancellor, Ing. Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, noted that the yearly allocation by GETFund toward the completion of the project has been woefully inadequate.

“I, therefore, appeal to the President to use his good office to grant a special GETFund allocation to STU for the completion of this important project to resolve the acute staff office and classroom accommodation challenges facing the university at the moment”, he stated.

The Vice-Chancellor further called for the construction of the four-kilometer road network within the university’s campus, especially the road linking the main campus and the water-loo section of the institution, to save students and staff of grappling with dust during harmattan, and mud during the rainy season.

Ing. Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah also asked for the construction of a footbridge across the university’s main entrance and the other side of the main Sunyani-Kumasi road to save students and other pedestrians from frequent knockdowns by motorists.

He called on STU’s business partners, alumni, corporate bodies, philanthropists and the public at large to take keen interest in the development of the institution for it to realize its mandate of raising the next generation of entrepreneurially-inclined industry captains for job and wealth creation in Ghana and beyond.

Ing. Dr. Kwame Agyeman Boakye, Chairman of the STU Governing Council, said that in line with the government’s decision to place more emphasis on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), STU continues to carve a niche for itself in the training of human resources, especially in the areas of engineering, technology, technical and vocational needs of the country.

“It has over the years produced some of the best professionals who have provided and continue to provide critical services, both in the public and the private sectors across the country, and indeed the world”, he added.

Ing. Dr. Agyeman Boakye said STU has over the years experienced productive growth, in terms of responsibility, scope of activities and student population, saying; “At the moment, STU offers four-year Bachelor of Technology degree programmes, and Higher National Diploma programmes which are all geared toward technical and vocational education and training.”

“I am also happy to announce that we now have administrative approval to run two-year Research Master of Technology (M-Tech) degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Civil Engineering programmes. Efforts are also underway to obtain the requisite accreditation for the running of other post-graduate programmes in the near future”, he again said.

The Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu Banahene, underscored the crucial role of technical education to Ghana’s industrialisation drive, which seeks to stimulate and transform the structure of the economy from primary to secondary levels.

“In view of this, the NPP government, led by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that technical education is given the needed impetus to drive the transformation to industrialisation and accelerated socio-economic development of the country”, she explained.

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STU Alumni pledge to support dev’t of alma-Mata

Past students of Sunyani Technical University (STU) have pledged their unflinching support to management to make the institution a centre of excellence and the most preferred technical university in Africa.

To this end, members of the STU Alumni Association have committed to continue to donate generously to the University’s Endowment Fund to help bridge the infrastructural gaps in all Faculties and Departments of the University.

Speaking at a durbar organised to mark the 55th anniversary of the university, the President of the STU Alumni Association, Frank Owusu, called on each past student of Sunyani Technical Institute, Sunyani Polytechnic and Sunyani Technical University to contribute a minimum of five hundred Ghana Cedis (GHS 500.00) to the STU Endowment Fund as their widow’s mite to the fund.

Collaboration

“Sunyani Technical University has come of age, from the Technical Institute era to the days of Polytechnic and now Technical University. These transformational processes indeed called for strategic change in our way of doing things as an institution of excellence”, he said.

He added that the institution could not have reached its current state without the collaborative support of the Alumni, particularly, in areas of capacity building.

Mr. Owusu said the Sunyani Technical Institute was established in 1967 with a few students. “Today, the student population has risen to almost 7,000 students. The University has been shaped by events and activities of the past years and the University is now cruising to a greater height”, he added.

Donation

The STU Alumni leader announce that the Alumni Associations donated a 4-unit classroom block to the university last year toward the establishment of a basic school on campus with an initial number of 42 pupils at creche, nursery and kindergarten levels.

He underscored the need for management to maintain good relationships with Alumni saying; Alumni serve many valuable roles, such as helping to build and grow the institution’s brand through word-of-mouth marketing. For instance, positive posts on social media can create buzz and increase enrolment. Proud alumni often serve as powerful ambassadors for their institution's brand and speak positively of their Alma-Mata.”

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The President of Ghana Donates 50k to STUEF

President Akufo-Addo has made a personal contribution of fifty thousand Ghana cedis (Gh.c 50,000.00) into the Sunyani Technical University (STU) Endowment Fund. In addition, the President has assured STU that his government will take steps to address some of the major concerns of the university.

The President’s donation was made on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Michael Okyere Baafi, at the grand durbar to climax the 55th Anniversary of STU, which was held under the theme “STU, 55 years of progress and achievements in TVET and engineering education: mobilising excellence for leadership in Ghana’s industrialisation agenda.”

The colourful durbar attracted dignitaries such as the Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu Banahene; Deputy Attorney-General, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah; the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of TVET, Madam Gifty Twum Ampofo, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, Ansu Kumi and the Sunyani West Municipal Chief Executive, Kusi Boadum.

Also in attendance were traditional authorities, corporate organisations, businessmen as well as old students of the institution stretching its days Sunyani Technical Institute (SUTECH) to Sunyani Polytechnic and finally to Sunyani Technical University.

In his address read on his behalf, President Akufo-Addo congratulated management, staff, and past and present students of STU for their various contributions which have kept the institution on its feet since its establishment in 1967.

Industrialisation

The President said his government has enhanced the performance of Technical Universities in Ghana, especially STU, in the training of skilled and professional workforce for the government’s industrialisation agenda. “Since 2017, the NPP government has created a strong foundation for TVET due to its importance in our country’s socioeconomic development. This foundation includes the passage of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020 (Act 1023), to regulate, promote, and administer a robust TVET sector for transformation, innovation, and sustainable development in Ghana”, he said.

He further said the rehabilitation and upgrading of laboratories and workshops in Technical Universities and Technical Institutes in the country by the government is one of the key interventions meant to give more impetus to skills training.

Massive TVET Support

The President said the Sunyani Technical University and Methodist Technical/Vocational Institute, also in Sunyani, were among the 57 institutions that benefitted from the $119 million project executed in collaboration with AVIC International Holding Corporation of China.

He also announced that the government, through Planet One of the United Arab Emirates, has expended an estimated €392 million in infrastructure development in the National Vocational Training Institutes to further boost the TVET sector.

Appreciation

On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of STU, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, paid glowing tribute to the founding fathers of the institution, chiefs, opinion leaders, and the country's first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, through whose instrumentality the institution was established.

He also recognized the diverse contributions of the Alumni, students, and staff, especially the first Principal of SUTECH, the late Mr. Kuma Minta, toward the development and growth of the institution over the years. “We cannot forget the dedicated leadership of the first Rector of Sunyani Polytechnic, Prof. Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah, who worked to grow the polytechnic to a notable institution between 1997 to 2010”, the Vice-Chancellor added.

Brief History

The Sunyani Technical University (STU) began in 1967 as Sunyani Technical Institute (SUTECH) to offer technical and vocational education and training to Middle School Leavers, and later on, to Junior Secondary School graduates in hands-on Craft/Intermediate Block-Laying and Concreting, Carpentry and Joinery, Furniture Craft as well as Painting and Decoration programmes.

In 1997, Sunyani Technical Institute was upgraded to Sunyani Polytechnic (SPOLY) in line with the government's policy to stress Technical/Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the tertiary level. The enabling law, the Polytechnics Act 745 empowered the institution to offer tertiary education programmes, principally, Higher National Diploma (HND) in diverse areas in response to national human resource needs at the tertiary level.

In 2016, Sunyani Polytechnic was converted to Sunyani Technical University (STU) and given a new mandate through the coming into force of the Technical Universities Act 2016 (Act 922 as amended).

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