Even though the Sunyani Technical University is partnering and collaborating with a number of tertiary educational institutions in Ghana and abroad, its partnership with Fachhochschule Dortmund (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany) has come into focus recently.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, four officials of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany, led by the Vice Rector, Prof. Ing Helmut Hachul, paid a reciprocal visit to the STU to cement the partnership between the two educational institutions.
Other members of the team were Lars Everding, Vice Dean for Finance, Prof. Dr Tamara Appel and Dagmar Hosch of the International Study and Internship Abroad (The visit, a similar one by the Vice Chancellor of the STU, Prof. Engineer Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, and the Registrar, Mr Samuel Ankama Obour, to Dortmund during which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two institutions).
Under the MoU, up to four students could take up their studies in the Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering faculties of the partner university.
Lecturers in both institutions would also exchange visits and share experiences to the benefit of the two universities.
A lecturer of the Engineering Department of the University explaining a point to Prof. Ing Helmut Hachul (right), Vice Rector of the Fachhochschule Dortmund, during a tour of the facilities in the university
He explained that the STU had chosen engineering as its flagship focus in the partnership since “we want to be the first university in the country to build an electric car”.
“We hope the partnership will build the capacity of the university to enable us to compete with universities in the country and everywhere in the world,” he stated.
Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah observed that notwithstanding the socio-economic advancement of Germany, it continued to invest in education and conduct research since that should be the focus of every smart country.
“We have gold, cocoa, oil and other valuable commodities but we continue to lag behind. We should, therefore, cooperate with a smart country such as Germany which is far ahead in technological development and tap their experience to catapult us to greatness,” he said.
For his part, Prof. Ing Helmut Hachul expressed the readiness of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, to collaborate with the STU to break new grounds for both institutions.
He thanked officials of the STU, saying: “I am confident we are going to reap the benefits of this partnership in future.”
The Registrar of the STU, Mr Samuel Obour, explained that as part of the transition of polytechnics to university, the government decided that technical universities should have partnership agreements with their counterparts in Germany which were advanced in technological development.
“We, therefore, want this collaboration to have an impact on both our students and lecturers in particular and the entire country in general.”
He called on senior high school, as well as technical/vocational school leavers in the Brong Ahafo Region and beyond to enrol in the STU since with the upgrading there was a clear-cut academic progression for students for the technical/ vocational students.