A five-member delegation from Zimbabwe’s Harare Institute of Technology, HIT, have met the management and Executive Committee of Takoradi Technical University, as a follow-up to the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.
The Memorandum of Understanding between TTU and HIT was signed on 30th November 2021, to among other things establish academic relationship between the two institutions to strengthen mutual and friendly co-operation to promote sustainable and productive joint research projects of interest and exchange learning programmes.
While welcoming the delegation, the Vice Chancellor of TTU, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, expressed appreciation for the follow-up visit which will help in concretizing the successful implementation and expectations of the MoU.
“We want to welcome you once again to TTU. Your coming is very necessary because since we signed the MoU, we haven’t achieved much. This will help us to concretize the MoU and our relationship so that we can work towards achieving something that can be measured …we are supposed to learn mutually from each other as institutions. You have a lot of commercialized ventures at HIT and we have to learn how to setup some here“, he said.
The Pro Vice Chancellor of Harare Institute of Technology, Willard Gwarimbo who led the five-man visiting delegation from Finance, Registry and Quality Assurance to TTU, in his remark said the team is eager for the meetings with the various faculties and Deans to discuss specific issues that will set the tone for the effective implementation of the MoU.
“We are very much desirous for the meetings particularly with our counterparts from the Registry and the Deans from various faculties to share with them. Even when we do the student exchange, the main thing is, they are the implementers and you are at the policy level but when the implementers don’t have a buy in, many a-times, things don’t go ahead very well. So that is the purpose of bringing this team here…We are here to understand the issues and the grounds of the relationship. You need to know what others are doing to know whether you’re doing well, he noted.
Herbert Njonga, the Registrar of HIT, while reemphasizing the importance of the visit said they are here to learn and share ideas on key specific issues around transfers and regulations among others.
Director of TTU’s IPELO, Prof. Nana Afua Nkrumah on her part expressed the hope that the visit by the HIT delegation will ultimately drive home a fruitful mutually beneficial collaboration between Takoradi Technical University and Harare Institute of Technology.
Immediately after the meeting with Management, the Vice Chancellor invited the HIT delegation to participate in the opening of a two-day quality assurance workshop at the University.
This was followed with a tour of of the university by the five-member visiting HIT delegation where they went to the Faculty of Engineering laboratories, the University Printing Press, the Jubilee Technical Training Centre and University Clinic.
They are also expected to continue their second day tour to TTU’s satellite campuses at Butumajebu and Akatakyi before meeting with Deans and Heads of Department.