UENR was represented by Rev. Phyllis Bernice Opare (PhD) a lecturer at the department of computer science and informatics.
The conference started on Monday morning with an opening ceremony that begun about 10:30am. The guest of honor for the event was His Excellency, the president of the republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama. In his address he urged constant collaboration between industry and education/training institutions to ensure that skills graduates acquire in school match the prevailing industrial skill needs. The minister of education reiterated that this conference was another step in fostering continuous national dialogue between all stakeholders to ensure that a skilled workforce suitable for national manpower needs were being produced in all institutions.
The conference brought together an impressive array of professional and technocrats from education and industry. Vice Chancellor or their representatives from most of the major private and public universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions were present, along with directors from various governmental and non-governmental institutions. Also present were labor unions from all walks of life, traditional rulers, and some diplomats.
The two day conference was organized into two plenary sessions which were followed by syndicate group discussions of the topics discussed in each plenary. The conclusions from the syndicate groups were then reported back to the larger group and discussed. Points that were agreed upon from the syndicate group discussions were used to formulate a 16 point communiqué, a copy of which is attached to this report.
The topics for discussion and the corresponding speakers are
1. The current relationship between education and industry in Ghana – Mr. Ato Pandford
2. Skills mismatch and unemployment in Ghana – Prof. Ernest Aryeetey
3. Quest of the ideal educational orientation and philosophy within Ghana’s development agenda – Prof. Stephen Adei
4. Population growth and economic growth dimensions of the current challenge – Prof. Samuel Cudjoe
5. Expectation and contribution so of industry in Bridging the gap – Dr. George Dawson-Ahmoah
6. Skills development and youth employability – Ing. Robert Woode &Mrs. Ewraa Abena Okrah
7. The role of vocational training and apprenticeship in bridging the employment Gap – Mr. Steven Bismark Amponsah
8. The Role of government and policy in establishing stronger beneficial synergies – Dr. James Dzisah
Theme: Achieving a Strong Partnership between Education/Training and Industry: The way forward
Venue: Accra International Conference Centre
Date: Monday May 19th, 2014 – Tuesday May 20th 2014
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