By: Antoinette Abbah
First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Maxwell Opoku-Afari, says the ever-evolving world economy, calls for a re-think of the relationship between academic institutions and Industry.
This, will create the opportunity to tackle unemployment and its related issues.
He said this at the Congregation of College of Humanities at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he charged academic institutions to create linkage with industry.
Dr. Opoku-Afari, who is also the Chairman, Advisory Board, of the College of Humanities, challenged the university, students and industry to make maximum use of technology to the benefit of the country.
The 2023 University of Ghana Congregation ceremonies was held for graduates who completed their programmes of study during the 2021/2022 Academic year. It is the first in-person graduation since the outbreak of COVID-19.
The first Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Maxwell Opoku-Afari, said with the constant change in the world, there is the need for academia to infuse technology in all spheres of training to equip students with skills for the world of work.
He also charged the graduates to imbibe the principles of hard work, perseverance and integrity to make a meaningful impact in the world.
In a speech read on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Nana Aba Amfo, the Pro Vice Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs, Prof Gordon Awandare, said from July 2022 to date, 62 research grant contracts and agreements with a value of Four million dollars were executed.
According to him the university will continue to play a pivotal role and position it as the number one research institution.
Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse, applauded the University for adapting to the challenges during Covid-19. She urged the management of the University to keep up the good work and continue to tap into technology as they prepare the students for the world.
Mrs Chinery-Hesse said there are numerous problems facing society and challenged the graduates to play a major role in creating a better future for all.
Eleven thousand, seven hundred and eleven people graduated from four Colleges and Graduate Studies with Jacklord Agyabeng Amponsah as the valedictorian for the College of Humanities with a final GPA of 3.93.