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Thirty-four students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) College of Engineering have been presented with cheques totaling GH¢57,500.00 to aid them to pursuit various academic programmes.
They received amounts ranging from GH¢500.00 to GH¢3,000.00.
Their selection for support was based on academic brilliance and economic background.
The sum was contributed by five organisations and an Australia-based Ghanaian Chemical Engineer and philanthropist, Professor Jonas Addae-Mensah.
Toyota Ghana Limited, Vodafone Ghana, Baker Hughes Ghana Limited, an oil and gas company, Genser Power Ghana Limited, a consultancy firm and Educational Pathway, a US-based NGO contributed towards the programme.
Prof William Otoo Ellis, the Vice Chancellor, underlined the importance of stronger partnership between academia and industry to advance academic work, through the provision of scholarship, students’ internship and infrastructure development.
This, he said is the way to make the university a centre of excellence in the delivery of quality science and technology education for accelerated economic growth.
Prof Ellis thanked the donors for the gesture and said the College in its effort to motivate engineering students and enhance their performance, has rolled out three award schemes and he invited corporate bodies to help sustain the interventions.
These include the “Top students”, “Excellent students” and the “Most improved students” awards.
Mr Steve Rossiter, Operations Manager of Baker Hughes Ghana Limited, urged the students to take advantage of the assistance and work hard to achieve excellence.