The Vice-Chancellor of the Sunyani Technical University Prof. Ing. Kwadwo Adinkra-Appiah, has been elected as the Chairman of the Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities – Ghana (VCTU-G).
He takes over from Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, the Vice-Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University. Prof. Ing. Adinkra-Appiah is serving in his new role for a period of one year period, which began last month (October).
The Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities – Ghana (VCTU-G) is a forum which mainly deliberates issues regarding the promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and it is made up of heads of the country’s Public Technical Universities.
At their last meeting held at the Accra Technical University about three weeks ago, members of VCTU-G overwhelmingly endorsed Prof. Ing. Adinkra-Appiah as their new leader. The Out-gone Chairman of the forum, Prof. John Frank Eshun, thanked his colleagues for their co-operation and support during his tenure and asked them to offer even much more of that to the incoming chair.
He was particularly grateful to the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education, Prof. Salifu Mohammed for their immeasurable support over the years.
Prof. Ing. Adinkra-Appiah, for his part, applauded his predecessor for the good job done and pledged to continue from where he ended.
He also commended Government for the successes chalked in the area of TVET, especially the massive support received by the various technical universities in the country.
Members of VCTU-G who were present at the meeting were Rev. Prof. J.F Eshun, Takoradi Technical University; Prof. Samuel Alnaa, Bolgatanga Technical University; Prof. Ben Q. Honyenuga, Ho Technical University; Prof. J.D Owusu-Sekyere, Cape Coast Technical University and Prof. Osei-Wusu Achaw, Kumasi Technical University. The rest are Prof. Samuel Nii Odai of Accra Technical University, Prof. David K. Essumang, Koforidua Technical University; Prof. Baba Insah, Wa Technical University and Prof. Abass Barimah of the Tamale Technical University.
Born at Atuna in the Jama South District of the Bono Region of Ghana, Prof. Ing Kwadwo Adinkra-Appiah has served in various management positions at the Sunyani Technical University including Acting Head of Building Technology Department (2007-2009), Acting Dean of School of Engineering (2009-2012), Vice-Rector (2013-2016), Rector (2016) and Interim Vice-Chancellor (2016-2019).
Starting his basic school education at the Roman Catholic Primary school in the Jaman South District, Prof. Ing Kwadwo Adinkra-Appiah graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, in 1998 and 2006 with degrees in B.Sc. Engineering and later MPhil Civil Engineering respectively. He obtained a PhD as Civil Engineer in Structural modelling at the RISA Technologies in California, USA, in 2006.
Prof. Ing Kwadwo Adinkra-Appiah has authored several research publications receiving several laurels of which prominent amongst them is being crowned as the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) Excellence Award winner in 2016 as the ‘Most Innovative Researcher of the Year.’ His research works has led to the introduction of an innovative building block in the Ghanaian construction industry dubbed ‘Salamorete building block’ for sustainable construction.
Prof. Adinkra-Appiah’s research areas include shear strengths reinforced palm kernel shell concrete deep beams, Vulnerability of building structures in the seismic zones of Ghana, the use of waste materials as aggregate for concrete and building block production for sustainable construction and building block production and economic cost of road accidents in Ghana.