Ho Poly Begins Graduate Programmes

The Ho Polytechnic will from next year begin graduate programmes under its recently established School of Graduate Studies.

The Polytechnic also inaugurated the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences.

The polytechnic presently runs faculties such as Applied Science and Technology, Business and Management Studies, Engineering, Art and Design and Liberal Arts.

Speaking at the inauguration of the two bodies, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Emmanuel Kojo Sakyi, noted that the establishment of the faculty satisfies Schedule C of the Polytechnic’s statute which stipulates the structure of faculties.

He said, “This decision is not new it has been on the drawing board for five years as part of our five-year strategic plan.”

He was optimistic the Polytechnic would become a technical university and announced several infrastructural and administrative developments in the coming years.

He commended the council, management, staff and students of the Polytechnic for the support in making the two entities a reality.

Registrar of the Polytechnic, Dr Christopher K. Amehoe also explained that the Graduate School also satisfied Section 18 of the Polytechnic’s establishment Act and Statute 41 (a) which among others states that “there shall be a School of Research and Graduate Studies which shall be headed by a dean to be assisted by a Vice Dean.”

He swore in Dr. Peter Atakuma Agbodza as acting Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Simon Amegashie-Viglo as the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences.

The Registrar was hopeful Masters programmes in Agric Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Hospitality and Tourism Management will soon commence.

The Graduate School is also expected to promote all post-first degree programmes and the African Journal of Technical Education Management.

“This places enormous responsibility on deans and heads of departments to develop innovative and national development oriented Master degree programmes in the shortest possible time,” said Dr. Ben Hoenyenuga, the Vice Rector.

He added that the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences has the mandate to humanise the Polytechnic since technical education and vocational education is not only about machines and skills.

The Faculty of Applied Social Sciences will initially institute the Departments of Multidisciplinary Studies and Applied Modern Languages and Communication as prescribed by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).

Departments and Centers under this faculty include the Chinese Intercultural Centre, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer, HIV and Reproductive Health Centre,  Centre for African Traditional Leadership and Governance and Centre Conflict Transformation and Management.

From Fred Duodu, Ho ( [email protected] )

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