The Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources has yesterday, revealed in an interview with Hyperciti’s Emmanuel Swanzy-Baffoe that plans are underway to fast-track the bridging of the Institution’s infrastructural gaps through a newly established Center for Grabts, Research and Innovations.
Asked what his plans are to bridge infrastructural deficit in the School of Engineering particularly, he said “Currently in UENR, there are deficits in infrastructure – in terms of laboratories, workshops, student and staff accomodation and funds. In the aspect of financial support, I have just set up a unit that is Center for Grants, Research and Innovations with the sole aim of establishing an endowment fund to support research. We are going to support research in areas of what we have seen today – engineering to solve key problems in Society. We are in talks with the Ministry, GETFund to support us in setting up laboratories. Some laboratory projects are ongoing and we are in touch with the GETFund to complete them. For equipment, we have some there but we still need more so we are in touch with private and public institutes and to ensure that we’re able to provide the necessary equipments and support so that we’ll be able to train more engineers which will be more Engineers who will be more positions in the development of this country.”
In a message to student Engineers, the former Professor of Plant Virology and the Dean of School of Agriculture of the University of Cape Coast assured them of his commitment to improve engineering education at UENR.
“As vice chancellor, we want to tell them that we cherish them because we see them as key future development partners and therefore our role as a University is to train them such that they are well prepared – to equip them with more skills so that when they go out there they will be able to contribute meaningfully to the development of this country. We want to assure them that we are going to support them in all aspects and help create an enabling environment in terms of provision of laboratories, equipments, lecture theatres and accomodation so that their stay on campus will be cherished by them.” He said.
The VC spoke with Hyperciti after sitting as Guest of Honour in this year’s World Engineering Day marked by the student chapter of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) – UENR today, 4th March, 2021 at the University Auditorium.
Report by: Emmanuel Swanzy-Baffoe