The Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Gunnar Andreas Holm has paid a working visit to the College of Engineering (CoE) at KNUST. The visit took place on 11th December 2019. The Ambassador and his team were received on behalf of the Provost of the College by Prof George Y. Obeng who is also Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering.
The visit was to familiarize himself with activities at the College and to explore avenues for further collaboration between the College and Norwegian partners. Prof Kwabena B. Nyarko (Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering) made presentations on the structure of the College of Engineering its programmes, highlighting the Petroleum Engineering Programme in particular, i.e. its beginning, current status and its aspirations within Ghana’s petroleum sub-sector and within the West African Sub-region.
Discussions were then held on potential areas of cooperation between Norwegian partners (researchers, bureaucrats and private companies), the College of Engineering and Ghanaian industry. Issues discussed included opportunities in the ocean economy (including off-shore wind), petroleum value-chain, the role of women, and the important contribution of innovation and local expertise to economic development. The team later toured laboratories of the Petroleum Engineering programme at KNUST.
Ambassador Holm had earlier met a team from The Brew-Hammond Energy Centre. The Centre is implementing a project under the Norwegian-Government-supported Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development within the fields of Energy and Petroleum (EnPe).
The team also interacted with some alumni of Norwegian Universities who are currently academic staff of the College.