VODAFONE Ghana is to establish the first-ever campus based Internet café at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The café, which would also be Ghana’s largest, could serve 164 students at a time with high-speed, uninterrupted broadband access.
Work is expected to be completed in February 2011.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Vodafone Ghana and KNUST had consequently been signed in Kumasi.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana, Mr Kyle Whitehill, signed for his outfit while Prof. W.O. Ellis, Vice Chancellor of the KNUST, initialled for the university.
Currently, students of the KNUST move outside campus to access Internet services because of the absence of such a facility on the campus.
Mr Whitehill said Vodafone was proud to support the development efforts of KNUST, stressing that as one of Ghana’s leading universities, the KNUST deserved assistance to enable it improve on its delivery.
Commenting on the importance of the Internet café, the CEO said: “Students will soon have the information they need at their fingertips, which will make their studying enjoyable and enable them to learn in a more efficient way.”
He stated that the facility had been designed in a way that would facilitate group learning by allowing groups of four to six to sit together.
He said Vodafone Ghana would continue to remain a total communications solutions provider and the first choice for Ghanaians.
Prof. Ellis, in a brief remark, said the decision to establish the facility marked yet another significant event in the growing relationship between the two institutions.
He expressed the hope that the relationship would grow stronger in the coming years.
Prof. Ellis said the KNUST was partnering industries to develop applied technology “and we believe Vodafone is one of such true partners.”
He emphasised that Information Communications Technology (ICT) had become an indispensable part of human growth and as such educational institutions could not do without it.
He said the student population of the university increased annually, which posed a challenge of putting into place the necessary facilities to meet the growing numbers.