Use knowledge to address societal challenges — Students urged

BY: Samuel K. Obour

A section of the congregation seated at the ceremonyThe Chief Operations Officer of UT Holdings, Captain (Retd) Budu Koomson, has urged students to use the knowledge and experience they have acquired to address the challenges confronting the nation.

According to him, knowledge was the acquisition of hard facts whereas wisdom was the comprehension of those facts and understanding refers to the ability to apply that insight to the problems on the ground.

Capt. Koomson was speaking at the fifth graduation ceremony of the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) in Accra recently.

At the event, 403 students graduated with various certificates in postgraduate and master’s degrees.

The ceremony was used to mark the end of a year’s English language training programme for 74 teachers from Gabon, which was organised by the GTUC in collaboration with the Gabonese Government.

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Capt. Koomson said, “Let’s us make good use of the knowledge given by God and by our educators to help develop the nation through a holistic solution to the challenges confronting the nation.”

Advising the graduates, he said self-awareness was a basic objective in life that could guide one’s decision in having a realistic assessment of his/her abilities and a well-grounded sense of self confidence that sense what people are feeling and be able to take perspective and cultivate rapport with a broad diversity of people.”

He charged the students to be bold and courageous to go out there not to conform to the status quo but to challenge themselves to greater heights.

The President of GTUC, Dr Osei K Darkwa, noted that the university had moved from a modest, humble and challenging beginning to “a college of quality and distinction, offering professional development programmes and quality tertiary education to over 4,000 students.”

He said there were over 800 international students who had come from 28 countries around the world to pursue their studies at the university, adding “We will continue to forge new alliances with academic and industrial partners from various parts of the world.”

Dr Darkwa said the university received the Business Initiative Directive Quality Summit Award (Platinum category) in Geneva for its contribution towards technology education in March this year.

By Jennifer Ansah/Daily Graphic/Ghana