– Upper Quarry
In a strategic move to foster collaboration between academia and industry, officials from CKT-UTAS embarked on a courtesy visit on the 16th of November 2023 to three (3) institutions within the Upper East Region of Ghana.
The delegation, led by the University’s Registrar, Dr. V. A. Ankamah-Lomotey, included Ing. Prof. Boateng Ampadu and Dr. Jude Simons Bayor, Deans of the Schools of Environment and Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, respectively, as well as Dr. Casmed Charles Amadu, Head of the Department of Earth Science.
The primary objective of the visit was to establish official connections with these institutions and explore potential collaborations that could benefit both the University and the visited entities.
Additionally, the delegation aimed to facilitate opportunities for students to engage in valuable industrial attachments, thereby bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
The first stop on the itinerary was Mawums Quarry at Pwalugu, where the CKT-UTAS team was warmly welcomed by Mr. Kamal Iddrisu (Mining Engineer). The meeting provided an insightful platform for discussions on how academia and industry could work hand in hand to address contemporary challenges and contribute to mutual growth.
Mr. Iddrisu expressed the quarry’s enthusiasm for collaborating with CKT-UTAS, highlighting the potential for knowledge exchange and the enhancement of practical skills among students.
– Mawums Quarry
Continuing the journey, the delegation proceeded to the Upper Quarry, also located in Pwalugu, where they were received by Mr. Rashid Sani Ahamed, Head of Administration. The engagement at Upper Quarry delved into the specifics of operations at the quarry and how the University could contribute to the industry’s growth through research and development initiatives.
Mr. Ahamed expressed the institution’s commitment to working closely with CKT-UTAS, emphasizing the importance of aligning academic programmes with the dynamic needs of the industry.
The final destination for the day was the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) Competence Centre in Bolgatanga. Here, the team interacted with Mr. Samuel Guug, further exploring avenues for cooperation between the University and the climate-focused research centre.
Mr. Guug conveyed WASCAL’s readiness to collaborate with CKT-UTAS, acknowledging the potential impact of such partnerships on advancing climate science and sustainable land use practices in the region.
In these interactions, all three institutions expressed their eagerness to forge strong partnerships with CKT-UTAS.
The commitment from both sides reflects a shared vision of enhancing the educational experience for students while contributing to the overall development and sustainability of the industries involved.
– West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
As CKT-UTAS continues to actively engage with key stakeholders in the Upper East Region, the outcomes of these collaborative efforts are anticipated to have a lasting impact on the educational landscape and the industries they serve.
The journey towards bridging the gap between academia and industry is well underway and the partnerships to be forged during these visits would mark a significant step towards a more integrated and mutually beneficial future.