The Takoradi Technical University has signed a skill development pact with GIZ, a German development agency to support the university with the Ghana structural TVET system reforms. The pact is to strengthen the TVET programmes run by the university with major focus on competency-based and industry demand-oriented courses to produce high-quality professional skills that meet the expectation of the labour market to promote greater employability.
Signing the agreement, the Development Worker’s line Manager at GIZ, Lea Lambrecht, indicated that the project will train university teachers, develop curricula with a focus on sustainability and innovation in the Building Department and implement new study modules as well as teaching techniques at TTU.
“The agreement is to provide opportunities for skills development, applied research and publication of findings”, she noted.
According to her, the project which is estimated to cost €50,000 will be delivered through Development workers by accessing some technological needs of the university, conducting maintenance process of the laboratories as well as establishing new model of student-teacher joint-training project in TTU.
“Additional support in the form of procurement and capacity development can be arranged beyond the specific projects by the Development Worker, if they align with the SDGI objectives” she added.
The Vice Chancellor of TTU, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun who signed the pact on behalf of the university commended GIZ for selecting TTU after over four years of discussions and negotiations on means to make TVET education relevant to the socio-economic development of the country.
He further described the agreement as timely as the country has now turn much attention to the investing in TVET as critical to the developmental agenda of the country.
“The signing of this agreement continues to show our resolve to develop strong linkages and collaborations with relevant industries, businesses, professional bodies, and technical expertise in the delivery of our programmes”, he stated.
Prof. Eshun assured GIZ that the university will work cordially with the Development Worker seconded to TTU, Mohammed Taghi Karimian, in order to come up with problem solving initiatives to alleviate the plight of society and improve the economic development of Ghanaians.
On her part, the TTU’s Development Worker counterpart, Prof. Maame Efua Nkrumah appealed to GIZ for a language laboratory to aid in the training of over 60 hearing impaired students in the university undertaking varied programmes of choice.
Present at the signing of the pact on behalf of TTU included the Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victor Kweku Bondzie Micah, the Registrar, Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory, Acting Librarian, Dr. Adwoa Kwegyiriba and Dean of Faculty of Built and Natural Environment, Dr. Gladys Quartey. GIZ on the other hand were represented by Natalie Dust and the Development Worker, Mohammed Taghi Karimian.