The Takoradi Technical University and PASICO Ghana have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a win-win collaboration, sharing of facilities and sponsorship between the two entities. The MoU which main signatories are the Vice Chancellor of TTU, Professor John Frank Eshun and the Managing Director of PASICO Ghana, Mr. Kwaku Okoh is among other things expected to provide staff and students of the TTU’s Mechanical Engineering, Plant and Production Department, MEPP, first-hand industrial exposure as well as annual sponsorship for best graduating students.
The Western Regional General Manager of PASICO Ghana, Mr. Moses Essel Ahun who led the PASICO delegation while commending TTU for producing most of it staff expressed optimism about the collaborative relationship they have begun.
“Some of our national service personnel and almost all the engineers we have on board now have passed through this institution [TTU] at one stage or the other. As a result, last year, the Chairman of the PASICO Ghana, Mr. Henry Lyne, felt we need to formalize this relationship so we can make input into the institution as we also benefit from the institution. So that started the conversation and we are all happy it has come to this. Our chairman is 100% interested and want this thing to go on”, he said.
Mr. Ahun also emphasized PASICO Ghana’s contribution to Ghana and the need to broaden.
“PASICO has been around since 1948 and in Ghana for so long. We are known mainly for our engineering but there is another aspect we think you need us. The louver frames PASICO has been actually manufacturing and supplying. We do security grill called the Pasiguard. That is one aspect of our operations and we know we can develop to some mutual benefit. We are building and we are supplying so you can look at that aspect as well as the engineering”, he added.
The Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. John Eshun while commending PASICO Ghana for extending a hand of collaboration with TTU said the move strengthens its five-year strategic plan.
“Your coming in is very key to us. Our strategic plan is to position us to become world class technical university. We stand for excellence, innovation and societal relevance. So I believe your coming will help us to be able to move in the right direction especially the academia and industry relationship which is very key. As a technical university, we need to interface with you in terms of teaching, learning, practical, industrial attachment, research and other innovative ideas that we think we can put together. Most of our students are working with you and we are the premier technical university and the best technical university in Ghana. Our students are all over. Since your doors are open, we will all try to visit you and see how best we can deepen our relationship“, he said.
Pro Vice Chancellor of the Takoradi Technical University, Professor Victor K. B. Micah be on his part called for equipment support for training.
“As a university, we mostly depend on the school fees of students to run the University. So it is not easy getting modern equipment. We are therefore just suggesting that you transfer to us some of your equipment, especially used ones but modern, so that we can use in our training“, he said.
Highlights of the MoU under the collaboration arrangement shall ensure the exchange of personnel of the respective institute, practical training of MEPP-TTU students and staff. Again PASICO GHANA would accommodate HND/B. Tech, students who have completed 2nd, 3rd and 4th semesters of their programme for the purpose of imparting industrial training. In addition, PASICO Ghana will allow the industrial visits of students for half/full day to provide them with an exposure to various equipment, instrument while some students will carry out part time of their Ph.D. research work or M. Tech/B. Tech/HND project at either MEPP-TTU and PASICO GHANA.
PASICO Ghana on the other hand under the collaboration arrangement will also benefit from showcasing its business activities at MEPP-TTU and seek assistance or guidance from the Mechanical Engineering, Plant and Production Department of TTU faculty members in product, process modification, modernisation, troubleshooting and others. Personnel from PASICO GHANA may also be allowed to enrol for their Ph.D./ M.Tech/ B.Tech/ HND (Research) at MEPP-TTU, subject to availability of seats, research facilities and subject to their fulfilling eligibility criteria and all other academic regulations of MEPP-TTU.
The MEPP-TTU and PASICO Ghana by this memorandum have also agreed to share their respective important training, research and development facilities in order to promote academic and research interaction as well as provide facilitators for a week in class training each semester for MEPP-TTU students.