AVIC International Holding Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Rizhao Polytechnic (RZPT) in China and the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) to set up an engineering workshop at the KsTU’s Kumasi Campus to revamp Technical and Vocational Education (TVET).
Aside from the setting up of the centre dubbed “Luban Workshop” in Kumasi, 15 students of the KsTU have also been selected to study at the Rizhao Polytechnic for two years.
This initiative is under the Applied Talents Joint Teaching Programme.
Also encapsulated in the MOU is the Capacity-building Programme for Administrators and Teachers, as well as Skills Training and Certification.
AVIC International Holding Corporation is a global shareholding enterprise affiliated to the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
The programme will last between five and 10 years, depending on its needs and outcomes.
It forms part of the Future of Africa: China-Africa TVET Corporation programme, and is supported by the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).
It’s aimed at supporting African youth to improve technical and vocational skills, promoting socio-economic development in Africa, as well as enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between Africa and China.
The leadership of the KsTU, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Osei Wusu-Achaw, had a virtual encounter with their Chinese counterparts via online, where they shared the prospects of the programme and how the organisations sought to benefit from it.
The VC was optimistic that the setting up of the Luban Workshop would help extend TVET education in many more disciplines, as well as offer opportunities to more Ghanaian students to attain quality TVET education.
Also present at the signing ceremony was the Deputy Director-General of the Council for Vocational and Technical Education (CTVET), Dr Tina Abrefa Gyan.
In July 2018, the Government of Ghana engaged AVIC International to help upgrade various technical universities and selected technical institutions.
The scope of the project includes the construction of engineering workshops and the provision of laboratory equipment to 10 technical institutions, and five technical universities; as well as the construction of a technical examination centre at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED).