The Management of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), has called for Government support to undertake ongoing infrastructural projects.
The projects, according to the Management, were vital in assisting the University to meet its mandate of providing quality higher education in technical, vocational and entrepreneurial training.
The projects include entrepreneurial incubation centres, lecture halls and theatres, workshops and laboratories, and halls of residence.
Others are a slaughterhouse and vital installations and facilities to befit a modern-day technical and entrepreneurship university.
Professor Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, who was addressing the first National Alumni Congress of the University at Tanoso in the Kwadaso Municipality of the Ashanti Region, said currently those projects were being sponsored by the University’s internally generated fund.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, statistics from the University’s Academic Board showed an increasing interest in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in recent times, with the present student population standing at 27,804.
Therefore, it was appropriate to expand facilities at the institution to meet the growing number of students patronising the various academic programmes.
The congress was on the theme: “Realising the mission and vision of AAMUSTED – the role of Alumni”.
It brought together the past students of the University to deliberate on ways to improve the status of their alma mater and also elect new executives to lead the Alumni Association. Prof. Sarfo said members of the Alumni association had the duty to stay glued to the AAMUSTED’s vision and development agenda.
They should stay united, and strong and work together for the common good of their alma mater.
Dr. George Ayisi Boateng, a former Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, commended the Government for providing the needed initial infrastructure and equipment to the University for its noble cause.
He said TVET had become important due to the increasing demand for vocational and entrepreneurial skills on the job market over the past years.
He called on the alumni to play a more positive role in supporting the institution and entreated them to mobilise resources towards infrastructural projects meant to uplift academic work.