Kumasi, April 14, GNA - The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) is providing 23 million cedis support for students pursuing postgraduate studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) under the Vice Chancellor's Special Initiative. Beneficiary students are required to take up teaching appointment at the University on completion of their studies. In addition, the World Bank also has a package of 33 million dollars for postgraduate students who write good proposals. Prof James Hawkins Ephraim, Dean, School of Graduate Studies, KNUST, made these known at the launch of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) week celebration in Kumasi on Wednesday. The theme for the weeklong celebration is "Enhancing Postgraduate Education, A Step Towards Real National Development".
The Dean noted that, funding was a major challenge facing the postgraduate students and hoped the packages would provide some relief. He therefore, encouraged students to take advantage of these packages to pursue postgraduate courses at the University.
Last year, the KNUST admitted 60 postgraduate students.
Prof K.K. Adarkwah, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, said Ghana's quest for development was largely dependent on education. He said with the advances in technology and globalisation, it was through better education that the people could become competitive. Nana Kwaku Asiedu, National President of the Association, spoke of the need for the nation to make determined efforts to address the challenges of university education in the country.
He noted that, high academic and residential user fees coupled with lack of accommodation and funding were depriving many brilliant but needy students of tertiary education.
Miss Bertha Dartey, President of the KNUST branch of GRASAG complained about inadequate funds for research and lack of definite calendar for students among other problems.
She therefore, appealed to the University Authority to help make conditions attractive for the pursuit of postgraduate courses there.