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Governing Council of KNUST sworn in

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The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has acknowledged government’s recognition of the specific responsibilities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to the global community in educating, training and shaping the younger generation to be productive, innovative and transformative in output.

According to her KNUST had done a great job to the benefit of all by extending the frontiers of knowledge through research and scholarship, producing scientifically literate and technologically competent graduates, developing thinkers who are competent in their fields of studies and prepared to push the boundaries of their disciplines and developing citizens willing and able to contribute their knowledge and skills to national development.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said this on the occasion of the swearing in of the Governing Council of the university in Kumasi on Wednesday with Mr. Kwame Saarah Mensah as the chairman.

She on behalf of His Excellency the President and the people of Ghana congratulate the Members of Council on their appointment on and also took the opportunity to pay homage to past members of Council for having so tirelessly devoted their time and energy at ensuring that the university seamlessly exercises its functions as laid down by the Act and Statutes of the university.

The Minister also acknowledged the continuous support and cooperation by members of the university community in the running of that institution of higher education in the country.

According to Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, the decisions of Council subsume sectorial interests to the supreme institutional good and that the Council was responsible for the governance of the institution by enhancing the vision and facilitating the mission of the institution.

She said in line with the KNUST Act 1961 (Act 80), the Council members had the powers to among other things regulate the appointment, conditions of service, termination of appointment and retirement benefits of staff of the university and for the persons who form the academic staff for the purpose of the Act.

The Council also has the power to determine the persons who are authorized to sign contracts, cheques and other documents on behalf of the university, and otherwise regulate procedures in relation to transaction entered into by the university.  Additionally, it has the power to fix the academic year of the university as well as ensure that the seal of the university is kept in proper custody and is used only by authority of the university.

For the public to have confidence in the institution, she called on the Chair and members to oversee, advise and direct the operations of the university to ensure that the academic policies set by the governance structure are followed.

Prof, Opoku-Agyemang urged the entire Council to place their differing expertise and experience in diverse fields at the disposal of the university to effectively and efficiently manage and expand available resources to fulfil its vision for the good of the future of Ghana.

Furthermore, she advised Council members to consider the sensitivities of all stakeholders with great caution, erring on the side of the disadvantaged, the vulnerable and the less privileged, while ensuring the sustenance, growth and adaptability to changes in society, commitment to the highest academic standards and to excellence in all decisions and endeavours.

Concluding she urged members of Council to familiarize themselves with on-going issues in the education sector to enable them communicate effectively to all relevant stakeholders as well as support the ministry to address pertinent and occurring issues that confront the sector.          

 


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