At a ceremony in Accra to seal the deal, ABLpledged to co-operate with UMaT in curriculum development to ensure that graduates of the Faculty of Engineering meet the needs of the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry in Ghana.
The company also gave the undertaking that it would develop an annual 12-week internship for students of the faculty. The criteria for selection of students shall be decided through negotiations by both institutions from time to time.
UMaT will institute with ABL sponsorship, a seminar programme at the university for guest lectures to be delivered by key technical personnel from ABL, to enrich the learning experience of students.
Furthermore, staff and students of UMaT will work with employees of ABL on research projects and problems or other projects of interest to ABL. UMaT shall also assist ABL to develop their human resources base by providing relevant short term courses and training for ABL's technical employees at the Faculty of Engineering.
The Managing Director of ABL, Mr Gregory Metcalf, who signed on behalf of the company, said, 'we are delighted about this new partnership with such a forward looking university.
We at ABL are very confident that after the four-year period, the benefits would have improved our lots. We remain committed to providing a platform for the exchange of relevant technical/ engineering skills and knowledge.'
For his part, the Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Prof. Jerry Samuel Yaw Kuma, said 'If the majority of industries in Ghana were to embark on such partnerships with academia, I am sure the mutual benefits would be enormous.
Since 2007, students from the Department of Food Process Engineering at University of Ghana and Accra Polytechnic have also benefited from similar partnerships with ABL. Earlier this year, a similar arrangement was entered into with the Takoradi Polytechnic.