Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister of Education, announced that the government intends to establish five science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) universities in five of the newly created regions this year. from the country.
In addition, 10 STEM High Schools (SHS) and Academies are being built at the pre-tertiary level to create a viable and credible pipeline to achieve the country’s strategic goal in this area of education.
Rev Ntim Fodjour, made the disclosure during the investiture of Professor Eric Nyarko-Sampson, as Vice-Chancellor; induction of Mrs. Mary Abena Agyepong as Registrar of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) at Somanya in Yilo krobo district of Eastern Region.
The government’s strategic objective is to achieve a ratio of 60:40 humanities against the current 40:60 in favor of humanity by 2030.
In line with the expansion and promotion of STEM education in the country, Reverend Fordjour assured that the university’s proposal to seek government support to be established as a STEM education center will receive a quick attention.
He charged the university to conduct groundbreaking research and powerful inventions to compel the world to seek solutions from UESD for a more habitable environment for mankind as established during a global crisis. .
Prof. Nyarko-Sampson and Ms. Agyepong were invested and inducted as Vice Chancellor and Registrar of UESD respectively, to officially deliver in their designated offices.
Prof Eric Nyarko-Sampson, the newly sworn in vice-chancellor, noted that the university recorded an increase in student population from 77 in the 2020/2021 academic year to 269 in 2022.
He announced that three UESD researchers have won the university’s first research grant of US$15,000 from the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) – Call on Climate Change and Economic Development in Africa.
Professor Nyarko-Sampson said the university is awaiting a positive response from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a submitted proposal for a chair in environmental science.
Professor Jonathan N Ayertey, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, noted that despite the university’s many gains, there were various challenges that needed to be addressed urgently.
He cited the lack of a university-based school on campus, inadequate housing and hostels, inadequate office space and facilities, and inadequate transportation for staff as challenges facing the university. is confronted.
Professor Ayertey therefore appealed to the Minister for Education to help build an on-campus University Base School for staff wards to relieve the stress of staff sending their wards to school outside the walls of the university.
The University of Environment and Sustainable Development was established by an Act of Parliament, UESD Act, 2015 (Act 898) and inaugurated on August 5, 2020, to provide higher education, disseminate knowledge related to the development of the environment and agro-industry, undertake research and foster relationships with people outside the institution.