The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has commenced its 53rd congregation ceremony in Kumasi, with an admonition to the graduates to strive to make meaningful to the society, the vast knowledge they acquired.
They should delve deep into their academic expertise and come out with innovative and forward-looking research findings that could serve as antidote to the recurring development challenges confronting the nation.
Professor Imoro Braimah, Provost of the University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said this was the only way they could transform the living conditions of the masses for the better.
The College graduated a total of 1, 608 students, comprising 47 per cent males and 53 per cent females.
Two-hundred-and-forty-eight (248) out of the graduating students fell within the First Class Division, representing 18 per cent of the total number of graduands.
This is an improvement over last year’s figure, which stood at 14 per cent.
Prof. Braimah pointed out that social scientists by their academic disposition had a critical role to play in any nation’s development.
The nation should, therefore, invest massively in education relating to the social sciences in order to produce the vital human resource and technocrats needed to underpin accelerated socio-economic growth.
Mr. Kwame Awuah Darko, former Chief Executive of the Tema Oil Refinery, said the country could only be built to an appreciable level if scientists and technocrats decided to put their expertise at the disposal of the society.
Reminding the graduating students of the challenges and demands of the job market, he entreated them to demonstrate creativity and resilience in order to help survive the keen competition in the job market.