Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has revealed that five of the six newly created regions are set to receive newly constructed Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused universities.
The five newly created regions chosen for the projects are Western North, Savannah, North East, Ahafo and Oti regions.
Dr Bawumia made this revelation whilst speaking at the inauguration of the Academic City University at Agbogba in Accra Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
According to the Vice President, government is focused on adopting a coherent, well-articulated and holistic policy framework to turbocharge tertiary education in this country to move towards producing graduates who are more equipped to meet the needs of a learning society and also propel a knowledge-driven economy.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Dr Bawumia has been the strongest proponent of the digitalisation agenda, a prerequisite in his call for Ghana to join the fourth industrial revolution.
Speaking at the inauguration, he encouraged tertiary institutions to transition towards training students in STEM to enable them to acquire the relevant skills for today’s job market.
“This is necessary to ensure accelerated industrial growth, which will improve the living conditions of the people and enhance economic growth.
“The vision of Academic City is not only in line with the government’s vision and goals but also in tune with global human resource demand,” Dr Bawumia said.
He added: “We need to explore, support and move into digital manufacturing. I am asking the President of the university, Prof. Fred McBagonluri, and the university to take the lead in this area,”
A private tertiary institution, the Academic City University was established in 2018 with only 45 students.
Some of the programmes offered at the university are Journalism and Mass Communication, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Engineering.