A Brazilian organisation with expertise in construction and engineering has established an award scheme for Civil Engineering students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The scheme is aimed at encouraging excellence and rewarding students with the highest Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA) in the Civil Engineering Department.
The Odebrecht Engineering Awards is focused on recognising, encouraging and motivating university students from KNUST to learn and overcome challenges, and to pursue careers in the engineering field, and is part of the Cooperation Agreement between the two entities, which was signed last year.
Commitment and partnership
Speaking at the event, the Provost of the College of Engineering of KNUST, Prof. S.I.K. Ampadu, said ''We are very glad about the level of commitment and partnership we are receiving from Odebrecht. The awards become a challenge and a wake-up call to students that stakeholders are watching them and they cannot just remain average, they need to strive to always become better.''
A representative of the company, Mr Danilo Trinchão, explained that Odebrecht was committed to satisfying its clients, generating value for its shareholders, developing the communities in which it did business, and helping its stakeholders fulfil their potential. He said his outfit was present in 21 countries, including Ghana.
''We have diversified business activities and a decentralised structure and we do business in the fields of engineering and construction, industry and in the development and operation of infrastructure and energy projects, creating integrated and innovative solutions that serve both our clients and the communities and provide solutions around the world for 72 years,'' he said.
One of the recipients of the awards, Dzidedi Aku, said she was very happy to have won the Odebrecht Engineering Awards.
''I am motivated to learn more and find innovative ways to overcome challenges always. The Odebrecht Engineering Awards has taught me that engineers are trained to find solutions to challenges, just like Odebrecht has been doing around the world''.
Under an initiative of Odebrecht, a ‘Wall of fame’ has been created at the Civil Engineering Faculty, where annually the names of award winners imprinted on plaques will be displayed to celebrate them and inspire other students to do more.