MAIDEN TTU TECH-FAIR OPENS WITH CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATIONS ON DISPLAY
Takoradi Technical University has opened its first Technology and Innovation Fair with over 20 innovations on display from all the five faculties and Centres of the University. The four-day TTU Tech-Fair which is on the theme; Think Smart, Be Innovative and Create Wealth was graced by the General Manager of Kantanka Group of Companies, Francis Kojo Kudjodjei and the Deputy Director of CTVET, Eng. Peter Antwi Bosiako. Despite all the five faculties exhibited very important innovations, key innovations from the Faculty of Engineering that headlined the fair included; Oil and Gas Leakage Detector, Car Theft and Arrestor and Locator System with SMS Notification, An automated railway level crossing system as well as a Clinical Analyzer. The Vice Chancellor of TTU, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, speaking at the opening of the Tech-Fair said the fair creates an appropriate platform form give meaning to what students are taught and its linkages with industry as well as society.
“it is provide a platform for students and staff of the University to showcase their brilliant innovative ideas they had developed to make the world a better place and a more sustainable one. To ensure that the ideas the students have acquired through their studies are transformed into viable projects with the intent of unearthing the entrepreneurial potential of the students thereby impacting positively on society and among other things ensure that students are challenged to think smart with their innovative ideas and create wealth for mankind”, he said.
The Vice Chancellor added that one of the intention of the fair is to check the commercial viability of the some of the projects.
“it is to identify couple of the exhibited works, patent it and scale them up into business incubation hubs for commercial ventures which will eventually lead to wealth creation”, he noted.
Rev. Prof. Eshun however said Takoradi Technical University said TTU is moving more towards practical teaching and problem soloing method of teaching.
“The world has moved into the fourth revolution, which is characterized by innovation and high end or cutting-edge industrial advancement. Ghana is no exception as the country has to adopt a new education curriculum which has a slant towards modern technological trends. TTU from next academic year will move away from such education and adopt a new education which focuses more on innovation and industrialization. TTU will launch into outcomes-focused national development activities towards a competitive, modern and industrialized Ghana. It will be all about problem-solving for value-creation. This will help retool and revive industry using the latest technology”, he pointed.
To help achieve that, he hinted that TTU will soon launch a Research and Innovation Fund
“TTU is committed to see to it that the country’s education system spurs the country towards achieving upper middle-income status by riding upon technological advancements and
industrialisation. Research and Innovation Fund will be created to support this agenda and we are appealing to the cooperate world to also support TTU in this direction”, he emphasized.
The General Manager of Kantanka Group of Companies, Francis Kojo Kudjodjei who was the special guest at the maiden TTU Tech fair while praising TTU for the numerous innovations said Kakanta will soon initiate collaboration with TTU produce EV car batteries as well as tire manufacturing.
Deputy Director General of CTVET, Peter Antwi Bosiako
who represented the Director General at the opening of Tech-Fair indicated that technology runs the world and every facet of its existence hence failure to invest in the sector means no development for that country.
He said unemployment in the country is partly a creation of Universities in the country because of the programmes they offer
While commending TTU for its excellence in pushing the frontiers of technological research and innovation, Eng. Antwi-Bosiako therefore challenged universities to prioritize TVET education to complement recent huge investments government has made in resources TVET institutions.
Among other innovations expected to showcase at the four-day Tech-fair which will come to an end on Friday 3rd March, 2023 are Coconut Peeling Machine, a Procurement Training System, Improved 3D animation for architectural projects, alternative use for flour from the Applied Sciences, Recycled discarded waste material for the preservation of the Environmental from the Faculty of Applied Arts etc.