Private Universities challenged to venture into digital manufacturing to support local industries to create jobs

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

By Mercy Darko

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged universities, especially the private ones to explore venturing into digital manufacturing to help local industries and create the needed jobs.

He said Ghana has chosen not to be left behind in the fourth industrial revolution, hence the decision to pursue technology to solve problems.

Vice President Bawumia who made these remarks when he officially inaugurated the Academic City University College in Accra, pledged government’s support to universities, research institutions and industry players to actualize this vision.

Vice President Bawumia said schools like the Academic City University College supports government’s digitisation and technology drive. He noted that government is building a database to solve problems in the society hence the digital agenda.

He announced that to give further impetus to this, all the newly created regions will have a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics University.

Dr. Bawumia commended the Academic City University College for its efforts in the educational space.

President and Provost of the College, Prof. Fred MaBagonluri in a remark said while government alone cannot educate the masses, the onus lies with the private sector to complement government’s efforts. He commended the government for the digitization agenda adding that the university shares in that vision.

The Chairman of the Academic City University College, Dev Varyani, indicated that the role of the teacher is not to provide only knowledge but inspire invention, which is the focus of the University. He, therefore, called on the government to cushion investors in the education space.

The Academic City University College offers courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering.

The university is a premium quality tertiary education institution in Africa, with a state-of-the-art ultra-modern campus at Agbogba a suburb of Accra. The University College which started operating 4 years ago, has the vision of providing high quality education driven by innovation and technology to motivate and equip students with skills to become entrepreneurs.

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