Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Dr. Joseph Kwame Siaw Agyapong, Executive Chairman of Zoomlion and Jospong Group of Companies have jointly commissioned the Graduate School Complex named J.K. Agyapong Graduate Block, KNUST. The complex is located near KNUST School of Business (KSB). It contains seven (7) offices, one (1) mini conference room seating twelve, four (4) seminar rooms, a two hundred-capacity conference room, one (1) library for graduate students, wash rooms and a kitchenette.
In an address, Professor William Otoo Ellis, Vice Chancellor of KNUST showed his gratitude for the fruit the partnership between the University and the private sector was bearing in the supreme interest of Mother Ghana. He stated that currently the drive of the Graduate School was towards consolidating the university as a strong research institution, and that was why keen attention was being paid to the School of Graduate and Research Studies. Prof. Ellis explained that a plan was submitted to Zoomlion Ghana Limited, the leading waste management company in the country and in the sub-region, in February, 2011 to assist the University to put up the complex. The block was the fruit of the agreement between the two parties. He stated that the School of Graduate Studies now had a new identity, focus and vibrancy.
The Vice Chancellor further stated that the edifice had been named after Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong, the Executive Chairman of Zoomlion. He added that the University was proud of him because he showed great passion for the project and invested into a good cause – graduate studies – a catalyst for development and social transformation. Prof. Ellis concluded his address by acknowledging the efforts of Jospong Group of Companies, and all personalities involved in the project.
Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong, the Executive Chairman of Zoomlion, addressed the gathering. He observed that the relationship between KNUST and Zoomlion had yielded great benefits for both parties. Dr. Siaw went on to advise the University to engage the private sector and entrepreneurs in the development of infrastructure in the university. The CEO of Zoomlion continued that a sum of two million Ghana cedis (GH¢2,000,000.00) would be set aside yearly for research in the Graduate School. “Management will make sure that this edifice is in good shape and will hold it in high esteem and look out for other areas to develop to help the University” Dr. Siaw added. In concluding his address he stated that scholarship schemes would be introduced to help graduate students. He showed gratitude to the University authorities and to all parties involved in the project.
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