IRID Initiates Collaboration with Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence In ICT

IRID Initiates Collaboration with Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence In ICT

Picture: Management of both institutes in a picture.

The Institute of Research, Innovation and Development (IRID) of Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) and the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT have initiated a collaboration which will centre in the areas of joint curriculum development for specialised academic and professional programmes, research consultancy and innovative ICT solutions to research outcomes.

A Memorandum of Understanding to be signed in January 2022, will detail the parameters to guide the collaboration between these institutes. In a meeting held on the 20th October 2021, the two Directors and their management underscored the need for such strategic friendship between two strategically positioned institutes. Tailor-made academic and professional programmes shall be designed and run by the two institutes in Accra and Kumasi as part of this collaboration.

Dr Collins Afari, the Director-General of Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT expressed his appreciation to KsTU- IRID for identifying their institute as a key partner and was optimistic that this partnership had the propensity to address many social and ICT issues affecting our country. “Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT is ready for this all-important partnership”, he said.

Director of Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (left) and Director of IRID.

Dr. Smart Sarpong, the Director of IRID-KsTU expressed the readiness of his institute and the Kumasi Technical University to commit themselves to building a very strong partnership. “Academic institutes need to lead the change that society is yearning for. Modern trends suggest that many social issues have a direct link with ICT innovations and solutions. This collaboration will therefore lead to a harmonised approach to solving the diverse angles of our daily societal problems” he added.

Management from both institutes have formed teams to facilitate the draft of the MoU. Work is set to be completed within four weeks for consideration and adoption.

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