Kumasi, July 11, GNA – Professor William Otoo Ellis, Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has signaled the University’s commitment to build linkages with other technology-based international institutions, to enhance quality education delivery.
He said with the global emergence of new technologies and innovations in science and technology education in research activities, it is appropriate for the University to deepen collaborations for exchanges in technology transfer and working experiences to ensure mutual benefits.
Professor Ellis was speaking to Ghana News Agency at an Excellence Awards organised by the KNUST in Kumasi to honour a US-based Research Scientist, Professor Juliette Bell, and 10 other academicians of the University for their commitment to science and technology education.
Prof Bell, who is President of the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES) in the US, received a plaque and citation.
The other academicians were presented with prizes ranging from television sets, laptop computers, refrigerators, fully paid-up short courses, citations to certificates.
In addition, four corporate institutions, including the University Press, Kumasi, Buck Press Limited, Kristo Asafo Mission of Ghana and Jos. Hansen and Soehne GmbH, Germany, were also honoured for their roles in supporting KNUST in various ways.
The Research Scientist is renowned for her study and extensive work on the enzyme responsible for linking together the billions of building blocks that make DNA, the genetic code.
This work is important in understanding genetic disorders and diseases such as cancer.
Prof Ellis indicated that the KNUST had begun the processes to establish formal relationship with UMES, established in 1886, to help achieve its vision and mission statement.
He applauded the award winners for their hard work and expressed the hope that the honour would encourage them to strive for excellence in their various fields of endeavour.