Participants, numbering forty two (42), who have completed eight weeks of professional training in Information Technology (IT) specialisms such as website development, software development and database management, were presented with certificates at a colourful ceremony held in the Council Chamber of the C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) on Friday 30th April, 2021.

The Training Programme is part of a continuous effort by the University through the Professional IT Training and Business Incubation Centre (PITTBIC) of the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), to equip the youth within the University’s catchment area and other parts of the country with professional skills to enable them earn a decent living.

The Dean of the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Prof. Mohammed Ibrahim Daabo in his welcome remarks, was elated at the progress the School had made thus far, as an academic unit of CKT-UTAS, in the quest to deliver on its mandate. Β He expressed appreciation to the gradaunds for the faith they had demonstrated in the School of Computing and Information Sciences in particular and CKT-UTAS as a whole, by choosing to participate in the training programme. Prof. Daabo entreated the gradaunds to make the effort to enroll for other programmes in future and hinted that plans were afoot to establish a satellite campus in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region to run similar courses.

He also added that three new programmes, to wit, Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Data Management and M.Sc./M.Phil. in Information and Communication Technology would soon be mounted by SCIS. He concluded his speech on a note of gratitude to CKT-UTAS Management Team especially the Registrar, for his unflinching support in mounting and running the training programme.

Prof. Albert Luguterah, Pro Vice-Chancellor of CKT-UTAS who represented the Vice-Chancellor Professor Eric Magnus Wilmot congratulated the gradaunds for the feat chalked and gave a brief background to the establishment of CKT-UTAS, noting that it was a new but not a young University. He intimated that the School of Computing and Information Sciences was one of the best in the country and that CKT-UTAS was endowed with competent staff to deliver on its mandate. The Pro VC also touted the innovative and transformative approach of the CKT-UTAS to Teaching, Learning, and Research, adding that the University would soon roll out programmes in medicine, nursing and related fields which will be more practical, relevant and useful to society.

For his part, the Registrar, Dr. V.A. Ankamah – Lomotey was excited at the huge success the programme had chalked and stated that the Ceremony to present participants was a unique one since such honour is usually not extended to gradaunds of short courses. He admonished participants to aim at being self- employed and to also be worthy ambassadors of CKT-UTAS, since any acts of misconduct would adversely impact on the reputation of the University.

Other speakers at the Ceremony included Dr. Edward Baagyere, Head of Department, Computer Science and Mr. Moses Agebure, Coordinator of the PITTBIC.

In attendance were Mr. Anaamoatulim Anab, Director of Finance, Mr. Gilbert Ansoglenang, Deputy Registrar, Dr. Peter Agbedemnab, Exam Officer, SCIS, Dr. Paula Aninyie Wumnaya, Head of Department of Cyber Security and Computer Engineering Technology.

Also present at the Ceremony were Mr. Suuk Laar, Head University Relations Office, Ms. Pricilla A. Ageboba, Faculty Officer, SCIS, Mr. Abdul- Majeed Yussif, Head, Marketing and Events Management Unit and Mr. Alexander Akumbuno, Chief Administrative Assistant, Office of the Vice- Chancellor.

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