Feb 08, 2011 at 8:17am
University Of Renewable Energy Established In Brong Ahafo Region
President John Evans Atta Mills has cut the sod for work to begin on the proposed University of Renewable Energy in Brong Ahafo.
It is the first public University to be constructed in the Region. It is the second of the two public universities President Mills promised the people of Ghana.
The two, when completed, bring to seven Public Universities in the Country.
Until the Mid 90s, tertiary education was not available in the Brong-Ahafo Region. The first tertiary institution to emerge was Sunyani Polytechnic, when the Sunyani Technical Institute was up-graded into a polytechnic in 1997.
This paved the way for others as now the Region can boast of the Catholic University at Fiapre, near Sunyani and Campuses of three other Universities.
These are the Agricultural Faculties of the Methodist University at Wenchi, the Valley View University in Techiman and the Faculty of Forests Resource Technology of the KNUST in Sunyani.
The new public University will have campuses at Nsoatre in the Sunyani West district and Dormaa Ahenkro in the Dormaa Municipality.
Speaking in an interview with Radio Ghana, the Chairman of the local Organizing and Planning Committee for the University, Dr. Opuni Frimpong, revealed that the University’s first infrastructure will go up in the Zinko area of Sunyani.
He also revealed that the National Task Force set up to oversee the formation of the new University has come up with the initial academic programme the University would be running.
The academic programme, which is scheduled to take off in September this year includes engineering programmes, like electrical, Petro-Chemical and mechanical engineering. Also included are courses in Energy and Natural Resources.
Dr. Opuni revealed that initially the new University would operate from the KNUST’S Sunyani Campus, while hoping that some of the facilities about to be constructed would be ready for use come September.
He further revealed that an Implementation Team has been put together and would swing into action immediately.
The President on Monday performed the ground breaking ceremony for works to begin on the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho with a campus at Hohoe both in the Volta Region.
The two public Universities are to increase access to tertiary education for a better Ghana.
The work has begun on the University of Health and Allied Science, UHAS, in the Volta Region.
President Mills on Monday announced plans to fully integrate the 38 accredited teacher training colleges into the university system as well as support public universities running Distance Learning Programmes.