The University of Ghana, Legon, has given contracts for the establishment of a laptop assembly facility on campus to improve students’ access to computers at cheap pricing.
Since August 2022, the University has handed 309 computers to its students as part of the One Student, One Laptop project.
The University, with the help of people and corporations, provided 500 laptop computers to students who couldn’t buy them.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, made the announcement on Tuesday in Accra during a congregational ceremony for the School of Graduate Studies.
In all, 15,549 students will graduate from the PhD to the non-degree level.
The Professor stated that the university’s efforts in inclusion included basic ICT training for seven visually challenged students in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications.
The training, she said, was provided by the University’s Assistive Technology Lab to improve the educational experience and prepare students for problems in the digital workplace.
According to the Professor, the University of Ghana-Toyota Ghana School of Engineering Sciences Training Centre would be established in October 2023.
That, she noted, was consistent with the university’s goal to preparing students for the labor market.
“This facility exemplifies the synergy between academia and industry and is a significant contribution and investment to the University’s engineering programme.
“Toyota Ghana has committed to providing $2 million worth of engineering equipment over ten years to support the training of the University’s engineering students.
“Toyota Ghana’s donation of a 33-seater Toyota Coaster bus further supports our commitment to enhancing student mobility,” she added.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that the University has implemented an open randomized bed distribution mechanism to enhance access to student housing.
She stated that the method will provide a fair and transparent bed allocation procedure, giving students an equal opportunity to be assigned a room regardless of their internet access status, which had previously been a difficulty.
Anthony Kwasi Sarpong, Senior Partner at KPMG Ghana, exhorted the graduates to be positive change ambassadors who aim to make great contributions to society.
“You need to think, dream, and act positively in any corner you find yourself in to be successful in life,” he said.
He encouraged the graduates to be thoughtful in effecting change and to utilize their newly gained knowledge to positively influence the country and beyond.
Dr. John Boiquaye, the top graduating student from the School of Graduate Studies, thanked the University for the honor and promised to apply the information obtained to assist society.
Dr. Boiquaye, who earned a PhD in Mathematics with a cumulative grade point average of 3.90, emphasized the importance of patience, endurance, and devotion.