Strengthening Institutional Linkages

by Israel Boafo Bansah

Published: 09 Mar 2017 Source: University Relations Office (URO)

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Arizona State University (ASU) in collaboration with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has held a day’s symposium for senior members of KNUST at the IDL conference room. The symposium was to create awareness of the 3+1+1 IADP- International Accelerated Degree Programmes as well as share ideas.

Rev. Prof. Charles ANSAHReverend Professor Charles Ansah, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, explained that KNUST, as part of its core values, was committed to attracting and developing excellent staff and students to achieve the challenging goals for higher education. In achieving these values, he said, the university was continuously striving to make things better by looking for innovative ways to deliver the best possible outcomes and engage partnerships that would bring about the desired outcomes in students as well as staff. Thus, the university strives to bring quality education to its core clients (students) and respond to ever-changing global competition through partnerships and collaborations with institutions of high repute.

He was positive and hopeful that the partnership with ASU would contribute to the overall goal and vision of KNUST to be a leader in science and technology in Africa. He continued that fostering this partnership was already evident in ASU’s collaboration with the School of Business on some of the school’s selected programmes. He believed that the 3+1+1 IADP and others on offer to students would enhance graduate education in the areas of critical and independent thinking and leadership skills required by industry.

Jacqueline SmithJacqueline Smith, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of University Initiatives, ASU, stated that the values of both universities are in alignment and hoped that the partnership would go a long way to promote success. She explained that their aim was to have one hundred thousand (100,000) students on campus and graduate one hundred and twenty (120) students from twenty African countries.

Dr. Kofi Owusu DaakuDr. Kofi Owusu Daaku, Dean of Students, expressed his excitement about the linkage with Arizona State University. He observed that some selected lecturers from the College of Engineering and the School of Business as well as some senior members had paid a visit to Arizona State University to explore new areas. These selected lecturers would be sharing their experiences and acquired skills at the symposium. He urged the faculty members to also adopt the ASU’s policy of supporting students to excel.

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