60 Years Ghana and Germany - Partners for the Future: German Embassy donates scientific equipment to KNUST
Enlarge image Mrs. Gesine Spatz hands over the spectrometer to the VC of KNUST, Prof. Kwasi Obiri-Danso, on behalf of the German Embassy. (© German Embassy Accra) In order to further promote the close scientific relations between the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the German universities, the German Embassy Accra has donated an FTIR spectrometer to the Department of Physics at KNUST. The handing over of the item to Vice Chancellor Prof. Kwasi Obiri-Danso took place at this year’s graduation ceremony of the College of Science on 6 July 2017.
The new FTIR spectrometer - valued at about 20,000 euros - which serves for molecular analysis will enable the Department of Physics at the University to carry out research and teaching at the most modern standard. The numerous German alumni among the faculty's lecturers and researchers have thus the opportunity to pass on to the students in Ghana their knowledge acquired in Germany.
In the field of research, the instrument is used for example for the production of liquid fuel from plastic waste. Research in this area can bring solutions to the central problems of sustainable energy production and waste disposal and as a result have positive impacts on the local economy. In this anniversary year - 60 years of diplomatic relations between Ghana and Germany -, subject matters such as the youth, the environment and support for the private sector are among the priorities of our bilateral cooperation. This donation to KNUST falls perfectly in line with these priorities. Enlarge image The donated spectrometer (© German Embassy Accra)
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the second largest university after the University of Ghana in Accra is the leading university in engineering science in the country. Currently there are about 20 ongoing research projects in the areas of climate change, sustainable economic and health sector development in cooperation with German scientific institutes or financially supported by Germany. About 50 professors and lecturers of KNUST have studied or successfully completed a research stay in Germany.
Deepening the scientific relations between Germany and the world is central to the German foreign cultural and educational policy. There are currently 22 partnerships with universities in Ghana, especially in the field of science and medicine. Student exchanges also are becoming increasingly important. Last year 400 Ghanaian students were beneficiaries of study scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for studies in Germany or in a third country. Also a total of 750 Ghanaians have studied in various German universities last year. Conversely, 145 German students were enrolled with a DAAD scholarship at a Ghanaian university. Over the past five years, the number of Ghanaian students at German universities and colleges has risen by 10% per year, with more than 3,000 enrollments over this period. Germany as a place of study is thus already very high on the popularity scale for Ghanaian students. Akwaaba!