The Asantehene’s Manwerehene, Baafuor Ossei Hyeamann Brantuo VI, has reiterated the need for Ghanaian tertiary institutions to move away from the traditional theoretical approach to the practicality of science, technology and innovation (STI).
According to him, this approach of learning would help the country meet its industrial and societal demands.
Baafuor Ossei Hyeamann Brantuo VI, also known in private life as Dr Anthony Ossei, now sworn in a the Chancellor of the Dominion University College, said students must be trained to be able to apply their knowledge and skills in solving societal problems, and that many countries tried it and have succeeded.
According to him, the call for a change of focus to science, technology, engineering and mathematics-oriented programmes is a target that should be achieved by the country, stating that the world is moving fast in these areas, and Ghana, obviously, must be pushed to move along.
“I was very happy when I learnt that a number of programmes, especially in statistics, health science and computer innovation, have been submitted to [the] Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and National Accreditation Board (NAB) for affiliation and accreditation,” he added.
He underscored the importance the new role being taken by the Dominion University to help people master the competencies that drive career success, and hoped that in the near future, graduates from the college would not join the teeming unemployed youth, but will put their skills to use.
However, he urged the college to provide scholarship schemes for the less privileged in society to enable them acquire higher education.
Prof Felix Nikoi Hammond, Chairman of the Dominion Governing Council, on his part, added that the college would be launching its PhD programmes by the end of this year, as part of its strategies to effectively position it.
The college would run PhD programmes in statistics, management, clinical psychology and department studies, as well as executive education, corporate training, masters, postgraduate diploma, and postgraduate certificate.