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20.11.2005 Regional News

Make Entrepreneurial courses compulsory at universities-Lecturer

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Kumasi, Nov. 20, GNA - An appeal has been made to the government to make it mandatory for students of the state-owned universities and the other public tertiary institutions to pursue entrepreneurial courses in addition to their selected programmes of study.

Mr. Raph Nyadu-Addo, a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said such an initiative would help equip students who graduate with employable skills that would help them be self-reliant and self-employed, instead of looking only up to the government for jobs.

Mr. Nyadu-Addo made the appeal when he addressed a one-day workshop organised by the Young Entrepreneural Club for its members in Kumasi at the weekend.

Mr. Nyadu-Addo, who is also the Founder and Patron of the Club, expressed concern that even though such entrepreneurial programmes were already in existence in some departments of some universities, they were yet to be introduced on a larger scale.

He observed that last year, 116 final year students of the Publishing Department of the KNUST, graduated with certificates in entrepreneurship, while all final year students of the current batch at the Department are all pursuing the course.

Mr. Michael Edusei, Deputy Ashanti Regional Manager of EMPRETEC (Ghana) Limited, noted that for Africa to achieve its developmental dreams, there was the urgent need for a change of attitude and the mindset since the computer technology was now bringing about faster changes in the technological world.

He urged students to be more results-oriented by taking pains to research, study and find solutions to society's problems.

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