By Samuel Dodoo, GNA
Accra, Sept. 24, GNA – The Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Accra Technical University (ATU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish cooperative programmes through the development of academic and research activities to build the capacity and competences of students.
The AMA, as part of the agreement, is expected to provide access to facilities and sites for research purposes, make available, where appropriate, reliable and up-to-date information for research, provide resource persons for seminars and workshops for staff and students of ATU, and serve as external assessors to various departments, where appropriate.
It would also provide expertise for infrastructure development at ATU and offer internship opportunities for staff and students of the University.
Speaking at the ceremony on Monday, in Accra, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the AMA Chief Executive, said areas of cooperation under the MoU included joint research and projects to help improve living conditions of students and staff and provide a safe environment, skills development and training for identifiable groups.
Other areas of cooperation, he said, would be training for both AMA and ATU staff, internship and training of students as well as the identification and promotion of business opportunities to attract investors.
Mr Sowah expressed his commitment to ensuring the success of the MoU, which would go a long way to make Accra a more stable and safe society as well as strengthen its role in international affairs.
Professor Edmund Ameko, the Acting Vice Chancellor of ATU, was hopeful that the MoU would help build a prosperous society by creating opportunities for all.
“Universities have always found it very beneficial to form very close links with the cities they find themselves in and we have examples of very famous universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and other well-known universities especially in the developed countries," he said.
The Vice Chancellor gave the assurance that the University would make the skills and expertise of staff available to the AMA to undertake joint applied research aimed at improving living conditions of city dwellers.