The Prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology yesterday launched its 15th Anniversary at KNUST’s Great Hall, Kumasi.

The event which was held under the theme, ’70 years of global impact; a new age for a renewed focus,’ was duly launched under the distinguished patronage of the school’s chancellor, His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene.

Established in 1951, KNUST is the country’s foremost science and technology university in the country, with over 80,000 students population. It has produced some of the country’s renowned scientists working in various professional fields.

Otumfor Osei Tutu, Chancellor of KNUST.

Giving his address yesterday, the chancellor of the university, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu said the Anniversary is an occasion to have an introspection and to look at the way forward to contribute to the socio economic development of Ghana as the Minister of Education charged us.

He also stated that the university will establish a chair at the Department of History to deepen the relationship between the University and Manhyia” – Otumfuor Osei Tutu Il. He further warned encroachers of the university land to desist from it or face his wrath.

“Let no one perceive any unused land of the university today as waste, every piece of land on this campus will be needed in the coming days”Speaking at the launch, the Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Rita Akosua Dickson, said the university currently has 520 programs; 124 undergraduate programs and 396 post graduate programs.

Otumfor Osei Tutu, Chancellor of KNUST in the middle, Vice Chancellor, Professor Rita Akosua Dickson on right and Deputy Minister of Education John Ntim on the left respectively to the King and Chancellor

She also said processes are far advanced to establish a new centre of excellence in engineering, innovation manufacturing and technology transfer in partnership with UNESCO at KNUST”.Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson further made known to the public how President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has honored his promise of providing funds for the construction of the first phase of the KNUST Teaching Hospital.

Today, KNUST is proud to be the mother of two fully-fledged Universities in Ghana; University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa, and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani.

The university is currently mentoring over 33 private university colleges and over 76 ministry of health training institutions across the country.The anniversary launching was attended by a lot of dignitaries including the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum.

Alumni of the university includes; Kofi Annan (Former UN Secretary General), Dr. Thomas O. Mensah (Chemical Engineer and Inventor), Nana Konadu Agyemang- Rawlings (Former First Lady), Patricia Obo Nai (CEO-Vodafone Ghana), Selorm Adadevoh (CEO- MTN Ghana),

Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh (Minister of Energy), Samira Bawumia (Second Lady), Okyeame Kwame (Musician), John Dumelo (Actor and Politician), Samuel Atta-Mensah (Managing Director- Citi FM and Citi TV), Nicki Samonas (Actress) Musician KODA among others

Source|osimpamfm.com|Richard Owusu Tawiah|TEK TV

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