AMA, ATU signs MoU to undertake joint research to improve life of city dweller

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Accra Technical University (ATU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish cooperative programmes through the development of academic and research activities, and build the capacity and competence of students.


The AMA, as part of the agreement, is expected to provide access to facilities and sites for research purposes, make available, where appropriate, reliable and up to date information for research, provide resource persons for seminars and workshops for staff and students of ATU, serve as an external assessor to various departments, where appropriate, provide expertise for infrastructure development at ATU and offer internship opportunities for staff and students of ATU.


Speaking at the ceremony on Tuesday in Accra, the Mayor of Accra, Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, said areas of cooperation under MoU include a joint research, provision of skills development and training for identifiable groups.


Others areas of cooperation, he said, would be training for both AMA and ATU staff, internship and training of students as well as the  identification and promotion of  business opportunities to attract investors.


Mr Sowah expressed his commitment to ensuring the success of the agreement to improve the living standards of people in the city. 


Professor Edmund Ameko, Acting Vice Chancellor, ATU, was hopeful that the agreement would help build a prosperous society by creating opportunities for all.


“Universities have always found it very beneficial to form very close links with the cities they find themselves in and we have examples of very famous universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and other well-known universities especially in the developed countries," he said.


The Vice Chancellor assured that his outfit would make the skills and expertise of staff available to AMA, to undertake joint applied research aimed at improving living conditions of city dwellers.


Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah))





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