The Rector of Blue Crest University College Mr. Vivek Verma has expressed optimism at the growth of the IT industry in the country saying that it was not only good for the current state of the economy but for the future as well.
"It is about time the country fully embraces the IT world by encouraging quality and professional IT education in the country" he said.
Mr. Verma was addressing students at the inauguration of the student branch of Information Technology Association of Ghana (ITAG) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at the Blue Crest College in Accra on Friday.
ITAG is network of Information and communications technology (ICT) professionals who seek to encourage the identification, development and support for the next generation of ICT leaders.
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According to Mr. Verma it was about time Ghana also produces IT graduates that are able to compete with their peers from other parts of the world.
He said technology has bridged the digital divide by opening doors to unprecedented growth in outsourcing, electronic business, massive cost savings infrastructure , collaboration , electronic learning and information sharing among IT professionals.
"It is important to highlight the benefits of technology education in Ghana whose development has brought about substantial level of development in the country," he added.
The President of the Information Technology Association of Ghana (ITAG) Professor Nii Narku Quaynor also admonished students to look out for problems that are national in nature and proffer solutions that can mitigate their effects or completely solve them.
According to Professor Quaynor, a highly technical field such as computer engineering should concentrate most of its resources and efforts in looking out for pertinent issues that affect the country and find solutions to them.
He emphasized on the need for students to develop skills that are globally competitive in order to advance the country’s development and narrow the digital divide.
Encouraging students to collaborate and create new solutions for the future, he stated that the technology industry is self-employable adding that the key to success thrives on good ideas and a requisite amount of effort.
He gave examples of telecommunications companies, banks, and large enterprises in the country and around the world that have experienced a steady level of growth due to the advancement of information technology.
The Director of Information Services and Technology Department at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Dr Mohammed Abdulai Sani who also at the inauguration ceremony, advised students who were inducted into leadership positions to make accountability their watchword adding that it is the key to successful leadership.
He said they should set examples by working towards promoting the technology discipline through workshop, seminars and also upgrade their skills and knowledge in the field.