Twenty (20) new 4-Year Bachelor of Technology programmes as from the 2018/2019 academic year. Preparations are underway to begin one Masters Programme (M-Tech in Construction Management) this year.
The Sunyani Technical University (STU) will offer twenty (20) new 4-Year Bachelor of Technology programmes as from the 2018/2019 academic year. Besides, preparations are underway to begin one Masters Programme (M-Tech in Construction Management) this year.
This follows the completion of assessment by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) about the university’s preparedness to start 4-Year B-Tech programmes.
The University is currently running eleven Top-up Bachelor of Technology programmes.
This was contained in an address delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Ing. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, at the maiden Home-coming summit held in Sunyani.
He said enrolment for 2017/2018 academic year increased by 45% over the previous academic year’s figure.
Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah said the university issued admission letters to 3,101 prospective students to pursue various programmes in the University ahead of the 2017/2018 academic year.
“From this number, 2,226 accepted the offer. I am happy to inform you that this year has seen an appreciable increase in students’ enrolment. Student enrolment which stood at 1,532 last year, has improved to 2,226, this year, a total of 2,226 students were matriculated, representing a 45% increase over last year’s figure”, he added.
The Vice-Chancellor attributed the increase in the enrolment to “the new 2-Year Top-Up B-Tech programmes that were introduced at the beginning of this academic year, since it came to give academic progression relief to our HND graduates.”
Touching on academic collaborations, Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah said the University had signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with two Universities in Germany and the USA respectively.
“The MoUs focus on Academic Exchange programmes between the STU and the UMES, Maryland, USA and Fochoschole Dortmund, in Dortmund, Germany to exchange faculty staff and students. In the arrangement, students will be allowed to take at least a semester in Germany or Maryland in the USA and their credits will be transferred to the STU when they come back. Students on our Pharmacy Technician programme, after completion, will also have the opportunity to enroll on a 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) programme at the UMES, USA, to be able to practice as professional Pharmacist after their training.”
“Also, summer vacation employment has been arranged for Tourism and Hospitality students of STU at Ocean city in Maryland, USA, a world class tourism centre, to help them gain practical experience and international exposure in the Hospitality and Tourism industry starting from June, 2018.”
“The Department of Agric will also have the opportunity to send 6 staff to the UMES for training under the sponsorship of a US federal government’s sponsorship.”
On infrastructural development on campus, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that two laboratories had been constructed for the Dispensing Technician Programme which are Chemistry and Pharmaceutics laboratories with a microbiology laboratory still under construction “whilst a water laboratory is about to start for the Civil Engineering Department.”
Besides, work on the Science Park Project is on course but due to delay in payment by the GETFund; work has slowed down.
“The 1st Phase for the completion of the 2-storey Stores Block Project for the Development Office has been done and the 2nd Phase has also commenced.”