The Civil Engineering class of 1996, an alumni class of the College of Engineering at KNUST is the first class to donate Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵50,000.00) to the Endowment Fund at the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) 2022 Annual Conference and 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the La Palm Royal Hotel, Accra on 30th March, 2022.
The class was led by Ing, Harold Esseku, a former Vice-President of the Ghana Institution of Engineering. He stated during the presentation that the class had decided to support their Alma Mater and this is the contribution of the class to the University during its 70th Anniversary celebrations. He indicated that the class wants to support with innovations and the use of ICT in the training of engineers in the premier engineering institution in Ghana. He urged all alumni of the University to support the endowment fund as it is one of the key ways many universities are funded.
Ing. Akwasi Asamoah, one of the members of the class indicated that, it is important for different classes to come together to support the University. He mentioned that it takes a lot of encouragement from some dedicated individuals to contact their classmates who are located all around the world to achieve the desired results.
The KNUST College of Engineering Endowment Fund was established in June 2021 to provide stable and predictable funding for the College of Engineering to enable it become an internationally acknowledged Centre of Excellence in Engineering education; producing high caliber graduates with knowledge and expertise to support the industrial and socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa.
The specific objectives are to:
- Improve quality of postgraduate programmes.
- Expand access to postgraduate programmes.
- Provide scholarships to attract brilliant postgraduate students and needy undergraduate students.
- Improve infrastructure to support teaching and learning.
Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah, Provost of the College of Engineering thanked the Civil Engineering Class of 1996 for their kind gesture and announced that, an amount of $50,000 has been received from an alumnus in the US into the fund to train postgraduate students in Manufacturing. He stated that an amount of GH¢100,000 has been received from the Associated Consultants Limited and GH¢50,000 has been donated into the fund by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). He also mentioned that GRIDCo has redeemed GH¢500,000 of the GH¢1Million pledged to the Endowment Fund. He indicated that a board of trustees made up of industrial partners has been established as custodian of the fund. He urged organisations, independent bodies, alumni and individuals to donate into the fund. He thanked the Civil Class of 1996 for being the first group of classmates to come together to donate to the Endowment Fund.
Ing Asare Yeboah, Chairman of the KNUST Engineering Education Project (KEEP) Advisory Board who doubles as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Endowment Fund gave the assurance that, monies donated to the fund will be used for its intended purpose. He intimated that he is awestruck by the generous gesture and encouraged many more alumni to follow the example of the Civil Engineering class of 1996 year group.
Prof. Charles Anum Adams, President of the Ghana Institution of Engineering, who is also the Head of Transport Research and Education Centre, Kumasi (TRECK) in the College of Engineering urged alumni of KNUST and the College of Engineering to support the Endowment Fund. He stated that most lecturers are alumni who have decided to remain in the University to help train the engineering manpower necessary to develop the nation.
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