Nestlé Ghana Limited and the University of Ghana (UG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer students practical learning to enhance their skills in the area of nutrition, science and technology.
The MoU seeks to provide a mechanism for both institutions to cooperate in mutually progressive and supportive activities.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Managing Director of Nestle Ghana, Ms. Philomena Tan, indicated the youths’ importance in economic sustenance and development. “Young people, when given the opportunity to learn, become assets to society and contribute to developing nations with ingenuity and skill-sets,” she said.
“We have integrated youth-centric programmes in our company’s operations to ensure that young people have a place in our business,” she added.
The partnership forms part of Nestlé’s commitment to youth development under the Nestle Global Initiative, which aims at helping 10 million young people gain access to economic opportunities by 2030. The move is also in alignment with the university’s mission of providing an enabling environment that is relevant to nation-building and global transformation through high quality and increasing teaching and learning.
The Pro Vice Chancellor of UG, explained that the MoU is to formalise the university’s relationship with Nestle Ghana Ltd., and also to provide training, skills development, student excellence awards as well as studies for graduate students.
The partnership with corporate industry or organisations like Nestle Ghana, according to him, is one their strategic objectives at the moment. And this will provide students of the university with opportunities for experiential learning and the necessary industry expertise as they go into the world of work.
“We have had a number of collaborations with Nestle over the years, trying to develop solutions for the formulation of feed and other products; but we have not had any formal relationship. A formal relationship, he says, will guide the institutions in the way they operate, partner; and in the way they conduct their activities,” he added.
“It is one of our strategic objectives as a university to ensure that we incorporate practical and experiential training in the youth to enhance their skills, so that they will be fit for work as soon as they complete their education with the university,” he said.
The agreement with the university is at the core of bringing to life Nestlé’s purpose of ‘enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future’.
The agreement was signed by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Student and Academic affairs of the University of Ghana, Professor Samuel Kwame Offei, and the Managing Director of Nestle Ghana Ltd., Philomena Tan.