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University of Ghana to Set Up a Laptop Assembly Plant for Students

The University of Ghana, Legon, has recently granted contracts for the establishment of an on-campus laptop assembly plant. This initiative aims to further facilitate students’ access to affordable laptops. Since August 2022, the university has already distributed 309 laptops as part of the One Student, One Laptop initiative.

During a congregational ceremony for the School of Graduate Studies in Accra, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the Vice-Chancellor, disclosed the university’s commitment to inclusivity. The One Student, One Laptop initiative has already seen 500 laptops donated to students in need, with the upcoming assembly plant ensuring more cost-effective access.

Prof. Amfo highlighted the university’s dedication to ICT training, revealing that seven visually impaired students received training through collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications. The training, hosted by the University’s Assistive Technology Lab, aims to enhance the educational experience and prepare students for the digital workplace.

Furthermore, the University of Ghana-Toyota Ghana School of Engineering Sciences Training Centre, commissioned in October 2023, exemplifies the synergy between academia and industry. Toyota Ghana has committed $2 million worth of engineering equipment over ten years to support the training of the university’s engineering students.

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The Vice-Chancellor emphasized the university’s commitment to preparing students for the job market and improving overall student experience. This includes an open randomised bed allocation system to ensure fairness and transparency in student accommodation. This system aims to provide an equal opportunity for room allocation, irrespective of students’ internet connectivity status.

Mr. Anthony Kwasi Sarpong, Senior Partner at KPMG Ghana, advised graduates to be ambassadors of positive change, urging them to think, dream, and act positively in every aspect of life. Graduates were encouraged to use their acquired knowledge to make a positive impact on society.

Dr. John Boiquaye, the best graduating student from the School of Graduate Studies, expressed gratitude for the honor and pledged to use the knowledge gained to benefit humanity. Dr. Boiquaye, graduating with a total grade point average of 3.90 in his PhD in Mathematics, emphasized the importance of patience, perseverance, and dedication for success.

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