The Accra Technical University (ATU) has launched its 70th Anniversary towards celebrating the great achievements, over the years, of imparting technical knowledge to the citizens.
It is on the theme: “70 Years of Innovative Education – A Path Towards Excellence.”
Professor Kwesi Yankah, the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, who launched the Anniversary, said it was worth commending the University for its innovative technical education for the past seven decades.
He said Government expected the University leadership to continue on the progressive trajectory and become stronger as a strategic institution for the training of highly-skilled human resources.
The government acknowledged the enormous potential of technical and vocational education towards developing the human capital for national development, he said.
Prof. Yankah said the Government had, hence, rolled out a roadmap for the implementation of a Five-Year Strategic Plan for the country’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), with the goal of transforming the labor force to create employment and enhance productivity.
Prof Kwesi Yankah said in line with the national TVET agenda, Government had provided new facilities for 13 training institutions, which include the ATU under the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP).
Under the DSIP, the ATU had benefitted from a number of facilities at its new campus at Mpemhuasem, made up of building and construction workshop, electrical, electronic and automobile workshops, access roads, drainage, and sidewalks among many others.
He said the University had come a long way but there was still more room for improvement in providing relevant, high-quality development of the competencies and skills of the country’s workforce, and assured it of government’s support.
Prof. Edmund Ameko, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the ATU, said the University had provided 70 years of innovative education as a TVET institution and urged it to stay on course in the years to come.