Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic which has recently obtained a Technical University status Prof. Samuel Erasmus Alnaa has revealed that the institution is set to create a new path for technical and vocational training following its conversion to a university.
According to him, management of the school worked relentlessly to achieve the results of meeting the set out criteria for the conversation.
“We worked day and night to be able to meet the criteria,” Prof. Erasmus Alnaa told Bolgatanga based Yem Radio. monitored by MyNewsGh.com.
Following the conversion of eight Polytechnics in the country to Technical Universities in 2016, Parliament last Thursday night amended the Technical Universities Act(922), effectively converting the Bolgatanga Polytechnic and the Wa Polytechnic in the Upper West Region to Technical Universities after both were deemed to have met the criteria for conversion.
The conversion according to the Rector means better opportunities to expand the institution and provide the needed technical and vocational training as mandated by the act setting up the technical tertiary institutions.
Prof Alnaa said new programs which are largely hinged on 70 percent technical courses have been developed and introduced as part of efforts at shoring up the capacity of the then Polytechnic to provide the need technical education.
He added that “Currently we have over 30 of our staff who are in various universities across the globe doing PhD programs and so from now till the next five years we would have not less than forty PhD holders on campus who would be helping.”
On infrastructural expansion, he indicated the institution currently has a laboratory which is well equipped for training of students in electrical, automobile and mechanical engineering and the construction of a multi million dollar laboratory which is also currently underway.
The equipments holding of the Technical University has significantly improved as equipments worth GHC4 million procured by a former Rector of the school have been installed and being used by the students for learning.
“We now can do better things and this one is going to be skills based which is quite different from the traditional theory. We will do 30 percent classroom work or theory and 70 percent practical,” he added.
He was optimistic that enrollment would significantly improve following the conversion of the Polytechnic to a Technical University.