Karpowership Ghana and the Ghana Commission for the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have held a seminar for students offering engineering programmes at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to commemorate the International Day of Engineering.
The focus of the seminar was to sensitise aspiring and existing engineering students about the contribution of engineers to society, and to also inspire them to stay in the field.
World Engineering Day is a global celebration of how engineers, technicians and technologists make a difference and solve problems. UNESCO’s General Conference proclaimed 4th March World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development during its 40th session in November 2019.
This year’s event is under the theme: ‘Engineering Innovation for a More Resilient World’.
The Communications Manager of Karpowership Ghana, Ms. Sandra Amarquaye, praised engineers for their contribution to development.
She said Karpowership is committed to whipping up the interest of Ghanaian students in engineering.
“As part of our corporate social responsibility, we have instituted a scholarship scheme for brilliant but needy students at the engineering department of Takoradi Technical University. We also have a mentorship programme which aims at empowering the young child. Over 400 students have benefitted from this initiative,” she said.
The Chief Operating Officer at the Ghana Commission of UNESCO, Mr. Appolonuis Asare, said UNESCO saw the need to observe 4th March every year as World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development (WED4SD) because of how vital engineering is to our world.
On this day, engineers from all over the world reflect on their contribution to advancing knowledge in their field, and how they achieved global impact through technology transfer and training opportunities.
The Provost at the College of Engineering at KNUST, Prof. Kwabena Biritwum Nyarko, spoke to the students on the role engineering students can play in national development.
He motioned: “Our basic mandate as engineers and aspiring engineers is to identify problems and innovatively provide solutions to such complex problems. Engineering makes the world go round and innovation is the backbone of all engineering”.
This year’s celebration brought together 748 engineering students and aspiring engineering students from 6 Senior High Schools in the Kumasi province as well as students from KNUST.