Short courses

843 KNUST Mastercard Foundation Scholars Benefit from Short Courses

Eight hundred and forty-three Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) benefit from short practical courses.

The training will strengthen the capacities of the beneficiaries with multidisciplinary knowledge relevant to the business world.

Beneficiaries from across Africa studying at KNUST have had the opportunity to learn about other fields of study.

The 4-day training is facilitated annually by the KNUST Center for Capacity Building and Innovation (CCBI).

CCBI coordinator Dr. Yaw Amo Sarpong believes the program will enhance students’ ability to serve their respective societies.

“They are 843 in all and will be grouped together in plenary sessions where they can take courses that interest them. We run these programs for students because we need to build capacity in all areas. If you look at the students here, they’re all going to write a thesis. After school, you might find yourself in a field of work that is not your traditional field of work.

“If these students go out and are understanding and knowledgeable in areas outside of their field of study, they may be able to integrate into society and adjust to their work schedules,” he said. -he declares.

He added that: “We look at the areas of research methodology and systematic review, there is an introduction to participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation, and we also look at courses, proposals and writing research grants in occupational health and safety.

“I participated in the basic courses where we covered research methods and during the workshop I participated in proposal and grant writing. I think it helps me because I asked for funds and expect to see positive results.

“I want to be an entrepreneur, and as such I need to be used to writing proposals and grants. So far so good. I now understand when I need to write proposals to NGOs, government government and our community stakeholders.

“As an entrepreneur, I have to engage the community, know what they want and know what to provide them. I expect very positive feedback like last year,” said final year student Fauziatu Mohammed in food science and technology.

Kasim Chiekha, a 400-level marketing student, shared how the program over the years has impacted his life.

“Just recently, together with some friends, we undertook a bush burning project in Sisala East district. We have educated the local population on the negative sides. I think our ability to successfully enter the community and take on the project was part of the training I received from the training.

“This year, I will take project management as a short course. Project management is an area in high demand. Ultimately, I hope I will have the prerequisite skills to make an impact in my community,” he explained.