KNUST to Establish Executive Campus And Research Centre at Moree in the Central Region

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Asebu/Nkusukum Traditional Councils have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of an executive campus and research centre at Moree near Cape Coast in the Central region.

At a brief sod-cutting ceremony for the commencement of the project, Professor William Otoo Ellis, the Vice-Chancellor, said there was the need to develop systems to create relatively stress-free learning opportunities.

KNUST as an academic institution of high repute was showing the way with the establishment of executive learning centres designed to provide lifelong learning and research. He said the establishment of the new campus also presented the opportunity for new and innovative academic programmes with respect to capacity building in marine and coastal programmes.

He also stated that KNUST for the past five years had been working on bringing education to the doorsteps of people through partnerships with health training institutions, affiliations, mentorships and the presence of IDL centres in all the ten regions of Ghana.

Mr. Kwame Saarah-Mensah, Chairman of the University Council, said with the establishment of the executive campus, the Western and Central Regions would feel the presence of KNUST. Distance learning, he noted, was one of the sustainable ways of educational development and accessibility. He said it was the plan to reduce overpopulation on campus and to help provide education in comfort and convenience especially for mature students and workers who could not make it to the main campus.

Okatakyi Dr. Amenfi VII, Omanhene of Abura Asebu Traditional Area expressed his appreciation to the management of KNUST for investing in his area. He said that spreading tertiary education through the building of campuses was a specialised one and not common in Africa and therefore, his traditional area was lucky to be the recipient of one such campus. Okatakyi Dr. Amenfi VII appealed to the University to expedite action on the project, because the establishment of the campus would not only provide education but also give employment to his people.

Okatakyi Dr. Amenfi VII and Nana Kwesi Brebo III signed the MoU on behalf of the Asebu/Nkusukum Traditional Councils while Prof. William Otoo Ellis and Dr. Kwame Saarah-Mensah signed for the University, the school's website reports.

The project is designed in two phases: the first phase will include the construction of executive lodges for chiefs of the communities, lecture theatres, conference rooms, a recreational area along the beach, twenty-five chalets, a restaurant/kitchen and a bar while during the second phase, more lecture halls would be built.

The project is estimated to cost twenty-seven million Ghana cedis and expected to be completed in 12 months.

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