The first batch of 13 graduate students admitted to the newly converted Ho Technical University (HTC) to pursue Master of Technology (MTech) has had its matriculation .
The technical university has thus become the first polytechnic to begin a Master in Technology degree programme in the country after being the first to begin bachelor degree programmes.
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It has therefore provided a platform for training human resources of the country at higher levels of education
The HTC is running the programme in collaboration with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. (KNUST).
The students will undertake courses in mechanical engineering with specialisation in automobile engineering, production engineering, refrigeration and air conditioning engineering; agricultural engineering with specialisation in soil and water engineering and post-harvest engineering.
Addressing the matriculation ceremony, the acting Vice Chancellor of HTC, Dr Ben Hoenyenuga, said as pioneers, they must conduct themselves so as to consolidate the image of the technical university.
“We are ready and prepared to provide leadership to our sister polytechnics in the country when it comes to running of higher degrees in the fields of technical and vocational education”, he said.
The registrar of the university, Dr C.K. Amehoe, said statute 41 of the Ho polytechnic empowered them to establish a graduate school for research with links established with other institutions like KNUST, adding that efforts would be pursued vigorously to ensure that the first batch of students were provided excellence tuition.
The affiliation officer of KNUST, Ms Lucy Diewuo, administered the matriculation oath to the pioneering students.