KNUST, Nestlè to stimulate industrial growth, academic activities




University Memorandum of Understanding

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has stepped up its efforts to align its academic programs and course content with industry requirements, said Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Deputy Vice Chancellor.
This is to stimulate innovations, technological advancements as well as practical training for students, the pro-vice chancellor said.
“What is happening on the global stage requires constant engagement so that the University is able to revise its programs to meet industry demands while meeting societal challenges,” he observed.
Professor Owusu-Dabo said this during the signing of a renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the University and Nestlè Ghana Limited, at the Kumasi Council Chamber.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor signed for the University, while Madame Celine Worth, Global Director of the Affordable Nutrition Program and Academic Alliance, signed for Nestlè.
The agreement will run for three years and will allow Nestlè to offer internships and secondment opportunities to KNUST students to develop their practical skills.
In addition, the University should offer technical expertise in the field of research to support the company’s value chain.
The initial collaboration between the two entities was formalized approximately three years ago, and the renewed MoU is expected to further deepen the existing partnership for the mutual benefit of the University and Nestlè.
KNUST, currently the best university on the African continent in terms of quality education, has recently strengthened its partnership with the business community to help refine its academic programs in response to global trends.
Professor Owusu-Dabo said the University exists to solve problems; therefore, he would continue to work diligently to come up with solutions to the development setbacks facing the nation.
He described the University’s recent high ranking by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking, published on April 28, 2022, as a motivation for staff and students, and assured that the authorities were focused on the execution of their mandate.
Ms. Worth said the MoU will help the two entities share experiences as they strive to achieve their vision and mission statements.
The company was happy to work with academia, she noted, saying the authorities would respect the principles of the agreement for its successful implementation.
Mr. Tesfa Haile, Nestlè’s head of research and development for sub-Saharan Africa, said the deal would help open the company’s doors to university students and staff as they seek to develop their skills in different areas.
He highlighted the need for the University to focus on food security and sustainable agricultural practices in its research as a contribution to sustainable food systems and security.

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