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Engineering students urged to be innovative

BY: Isaac Yeboah

Reverend Philip Tutu, Country Director, ICM, Ghana, addressing participants at a workshop organised by the Ghana section of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers at the Kofi Annan ICT Centre in AccraThe Country Director of International Christian Ministry Ghana, Reverend Phillip Tutu, has urged engineering students to come out with innovative ideas that would help in national development.

“Think and make an effort to see beyond your own world”, he said.

He was speaking at a day’s workshop organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Ghana in Accra yesterday.

History of IEEE

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The association has more than 425,000 members in more than 160 countries, out of which 50 per cent are from outside the US.

The vision statement of IEEE is to be essential to the global technical community and technical professionals everywhere, and also be recognised for their contributions to technology and technical professionals in improving global conditions.

The workshop targeted students of electrical and electronic engineering , and participants were drawn from Pentecost University, Regent University, Valley View University and All Nations’ University College.

Advice to Students

Addressing the participants, Mr Tutu said he was looking forward to a generation of engineers who would be influential  leaders in the nation.

“To be a man or a woman of influence, you have to be a man or a woman of integrity because integrity is what can keep an individual for a long period. Consistency is a key for the professional in the job market, and until we have men and women with character, our society will still be the same”, he stated.

He said to be successful in the enterprise, leaders should have good character which would enable them as young engineers to initiate changes in their immediate environment.

He encouraged participants not to be satisfied with only what was being taught in school but they should also read widely

Mr Tutu also urged them to adopt the habit of helping others grow; be great thinkers, focused, have good visions and give hope.

By Lydia Ezit/Daily Graphic/Ghana