Odebrecht Ghana Rewards Knust Engineering Students

Accra. 19th October, 2015 – Odebrecht Infrastructure, a global organization of Brazilian origin with over 70 years’ experience and expertise in construction and engineering has established the Odebrecht Engineering Awards for the first, second, third and final year Civil Engineering students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The Awards is aimed at encouraging excellence and rewarding students with the highest Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA) in the Civil Engineering Department.

The Odebrecht Engineering Awards is focused on recognizing, encouraging and motivating university students from KNUST to learn and overcome challenges, and to pursue careers in the engineering field, and is part of the Cooperation Agreement between the two entities, signed last year.

The winners of the Odebrecht Engineering Awards for 2015 are:

  • Year 1:Gregory Vieira
  • Year 2: Basit Issah Alhassan
  • Year 3: Dzidedi Aku
  • Year 4: Amanda Korlekie Agbetiameh

According to the Provost of the College of Engineering of KNUST, Ing. Prof. S.I.K. Ampadu: ‘We are very glad about the level of commitment and partnership we are receiving from Odebrecht. The Awards become a challenge and a wake-up call to students that stakeholders are watching them and they cannot just remain average, they need to strive to always become better.’

‘Odebrecht is committed to satisfying its clients, generating value for its shareholders, developing the communities in which it does business, and helping its stakeholders fulfill their potentials’, Mr. Danilo Trinchão explained.

He added: ‘We have presence in 21 countries, including Ghana. We have diversified business activities and a decentralized structure and we do business in the fields of engineering and construction, industry, and in the development and operation of infrastructure and energy projects, creating integrated and innovative solutions that serve both our clients and the communities, providing solutions around the world for 72 years.’

One of the recipients of the Awards, Dzidedi Aku said: ‘I am very happy to have won the Odebrecht Engineering Awards. I am motivated to learn more and find innovative ways to overcome challenges always. The Odebrecht Engineering Awards has taught me that Engineers are trained to find solutions to challenges, just like Odebrecht has been doing around the world. My colleagues and I are overwhelmed and we are grateful to Odebrecht for this inspiring investment in our lives.’

Under an initiative of Odebrecht, A ‘Wall of fame’ has been created at the Civil Engineering Faculty where annually, the names of Award winners will be imprinted on plaques and displayed to celebrate them and inspire other students to do more.

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