Monday, November 2, 2009

SCHOOL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES TAKES STEPS TO BOOST TEACHING (PAGE 11, NOV 2)

THE School of Medical Sciences (SMS) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has spent GH¢1,179,000 of its internally generated funds to undertake a number of development projects to boost teaching and learning, and expand access to the school.
The projects include the construction of a dining hall, the expansion of the teaching areas and facilities, procurement of modern teaching and laboratory equipment, erection of an overhead water tank, construction of a borehole, construction and rehabilitation of drainage systems among others.
At the inaugural ceremony, a medium-term project including a teaching laboratory, research laboratory, auditorium, offices and boardroom, were outdoored.
The Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. K. K. Adarkwa, commended the authorities and staff of the College of Health Sciences and the SMS for their foresight, dedication and hard work, which led to the execution of the projects.
He noted that over the years, the KNUST had been the centre of attraction for all students who wished to attain sound and quality science and technology tertiary education.
This, he noted, had culminated in the number of applicants to the undergraduate and graduate programmes increasing by the year.
However, Prof. Adarkwa said, as a result of constraints, only a fraction of applicants gained admission to pursue their dream programmes.
That notwithstanding, the vice chancellor gave the assurance that efforts were ongoing to broaden accessibility and help train more science and technology graduates to man the nation and Africa’s development.
He said this year, the SMS admitted 195 applicants to pursue medical programmes. The Provost of the College of Health Sciences of the KNUST, Prof. K. A. Danso, said the strategic plan of SMS was being pursued with all seriousness, saying, “SMS has a great potential for a great future and we must harness it strategically”.

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