343 students matriculate at KNUST Obuasi Campus
From Frederick Danso Abeam
A total of 343 students, made up of 238 males and 105 females, were enrolled this year at the Obuasi Campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The pioneer students of the Obuasi Campus are pursuing courses such as Bsc. Civil Engineering, Materials Engineering, Geomatic Engineering, Environmental Science, and Business Administration.
The Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Kwasi Obiri Danso, made this known at the matriculation ceremony for the fresh students at Obuasi at the weekend.
Prof. Obiri Danso noted that the setting up of the Obuasi Campus offers the KNUST an additional responsibility to contribute to the President’s vision of expanding access to education in Ghana through the launch of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.
He pointed out that while other tertiary institutions were thinking of how to absorb the first batch of the Free SHS graduates into their fold, the authorities of KNUST can go to bed with the hope that Obuasi Campus would do the trick of absorbing a chunk of these graduates come 2020.
The Vice Chancellor was hopeful that in the not too distant future, the Obuasi Campus will develop into a full-fledged university like the University of Mines and Technology at Tarkwa and the University of Energy and Natural Resource in Sunyani, which were initially all campuses of KNUST.
He congratulated the pioneers for beating several applicants to gain admission into “the premier Science and Technology University in Ghana and one of the best in Africa.”
He charged them to make judicious use of the resources and facilities available to gain the requisite knowledge and skills that will enhance their worth and make them more useful and competitive in life.
Prof. Obiri Danso expressed his appreciation to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the management of AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, and the Obuasi Municipal and Obuasi East District assemblies for their support towards the establishment of the Obuasi Campus of KNUST.
The maiden matriculation ceremony was attended by the Managing Director of AGA, Obuasi Mine, Mr. Eric Asubonteng, the Senior Manager Sustainability AGA Obuasi, Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, the Pro Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson, KNUST Council members, Registrar, Provosts, Deans and Directors.