The Accra Polytechnic will, this year, begin an exchange programme with the Vaasa Polytechnic in Finland, under which some final year Higher National Diploma (HND) students would do a top up to obtain a Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) degree.
The programme, which would involve both students and lecturers, would begin in August, this year, with two final year students from the School of Engineering for the experimental stage.
The Public Relations Officer of the Polytechnic, Miss Fausta Gaana, who disclosed this in an interview, said “when the two students come back successfully, we can have more students going.”
She said, initially, five students were supposed to go for the programme last year, but because of the students strike action, they could not make it.
As regards the lecturers, she said, they would go to the Vaasa Polytechnic to undertake capacity building programmes.
She said the decision by Vaasa Polytechnic had been endorsed by the government of Finland to encourage the movement of people from sub-Sahara Africa to the Scandinavian countries since people from the African region either concentrated on going to the US or the UK.
Miss Gaana said that the Academic Co-ordinator of Vaasa Polytechnic, Dr Adebayo Agbgule, had already visited the Accra Polytechnic to access the facilities and process the documents of the students who would be leaving for the programme.
She added that the Burkinabe Minister of Education, Mr Youna Zerbo, also paid a familiarisation visit to the polytechnic to discuss ways in which they could collaborate.
“They came to study our academic calendar, programmes and structure,” she said.