Sunyani, Dec. 20, GNA – The Sunyani Polytechnic (S-Poly) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of East London to widen its scope of international collaborations.
Under the MoU, S-Poly would collaborate with the University of East London’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering to offer pre-Masters programme for students of the Polytechnic.
Professor Thomas Kwadwo Djang-Fordjour, Rector of the institution announced at their 19th Matriculation ceremony on Friday in Sunyani.
Prof. Djang-Fordjour said based on the MoU, students of S-Poly on successful completion of any of the above-named programmes, would be enrolled at the University of East London.
Prof. Djang-Fordjour added that the agreement also “makes room for lecturers, especially those in the Engineering and Computer Science Departments to pursue Doctorate programmes via block mode delivery, joint research and exchange of scholars and joint/split Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) supervisions”.
He therefore urged lecturers and students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Technology to take advantage of the collaboration to enhance their academic and professional pursuits.
The Rector mentioned that problems confronting the Polytechnic included inadequate academic facilities, high attrition and retirement rates of staff, particularly in the School of Engineering among others.
He however stated possible steps were being taken to engage part-time lecturers to “stand in” until employment of permanent staff to fill the gaps.
Prof. Djang-Fordjour therefore appealed to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to give the institution the financial clearance to engage new teaching staff.
Meanwhile 1,496 students were admitted to pursue various programmes at the tertiary and non-tertiary levels, saying out of the number 1,245 constituted those for the tertiary while 1,026 of them males and 432 females.
For the non-tertiary programmes, 251 students were offered admission, 77 of them males and 174 females.