The Corporate Affairs Director of MEA Emerging Markets at Microsoft, Mrs Angela W. Ng’ang’a with her team visited the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Friday, 18th June 2021 at the Council Chamber.
According to Mrs Ng’ang’a, the purpose of their visit was to familiarise themselves with KNUST and see how best they could use their tools to collaborate with KNUST to enhance teaching, learning and research.
She explained that Microsoft exists as a team and sees education as a pillar that allows partnership with Institutions of learning to further develop and ensure that the right skills of future leaders are sharpened. “We discovered that many graduates are not fully equipped with the necessary digital skills to prepare them for the job market, thus, Microsoft decided to partner with universities to infuse digital skills into students while they are in school,” she said.
Mrs Ng’ang’a further mentioned that collaborating with KNUST would enhance free access to Microsoft’s available content that enable students to be creative. She added that their firm is ready to extend their support and exchange ideas for teaching, learning and research.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo in his remarks noted that one thematic area in the University’s vision is to improve on digitisation of teaching and learning in the era of COVID-19, hence, lauded Microsoft for investing in academia. He stated that Management is striving to proffer solutions to making teaching and learning seamlessly by improving infrastructure, old systems, data, network services, among others.
Professor Owusu-Dabo mentioned that as a way of having a system that allows staff and students to interact seamlessly irrespective of their location in the wake of COVID-19, management seized the opportunity to deploy Wi-Fi systems to other KNUST campuses. He added that the ‘SONSOL PROJECT’ was a way of donating laptops to brilliant but needy students to have access to E-learning which will enable them to become innovative and creative.
He urged Microsoft to assist in providing tools that will equip students to be ready for the job market.
Dr Peter Yirenkyi, the University’s ICT Consultant stressed that every student must have technical skills, thus, solicited Microsoft’s support in assisting KNUST to acquire contents that would train and equip staff and students for the industry and award them with certificates.
In response, Mrs Ng’ang’a assured Microsoft’s commitment to providing local connectivity and licensing of their products at a discounted rate to KNUST.
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