Graduates of the country’s universities have been urged to embrace new technological trends. Mr Dan Amoah, Managing Director of Chase Petroleum Ghana Limited has said the usage of Information Technology (IT) systems have gone through tremendous growth in the last decade which had accelerated processes, broadened scopes and provided apt access to education.
He noted that education in the 21st century is the centre from which all changes and developments arise; hence, IT in education had fuelled this development to make education accessible in every part of the world.
Mr Amoah made the appeal on Saturday at the Ghana Technology University College’s (GTUC) 20th Congregation.
The Congregation was on the theme: “The Role of Information Technology in Tertiary Education: A Sustainable Manpower Development in Ghana”.
It marked the graduation of 612 postgraduate certificate, postgraduate and undergraduate students who pursued collaborative programmes with Coventry University, United Kingdom, CASS European School of Management Studies, France, and Anhalt University, Germany and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Mr Amoah said as the demand for education grows in Africa, higher education institutions with global ambitions would be compelled to find creative, strategic and sustainable models of engagement, which adapt to the specific needs of an emerging and evolving African market.
He said whiles education is a vital investment for human and economic development; it is influenced by the environment within which it exists.
This he explained has made the integration of IT an important essence for modern educational systems, as it acts as an effective tool for delivery of education to its users.
He therefore, encouraged the government and all stakeholders in the educational industry to identify targets that would re-examine the educational curriculum at all levels, thus, from pre-school to tertiary education; to integrate actively with IT.
Mr Amoah, who was the guest speaker for the occasion, said this would ensure that higher educational institutions are equipped with new technological trends and information for the training of industry relevant graduates that are empowered.
Mr Kwaku Arthur, Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering and an Interim Management Team (IMT) member of the GTUC, encouraged graduates to continuously aspire to improve themselves and build new as well.
He stated that the benefits of using IT in teaching is supported by research; as it is increasing the learning potential of students, empowering lecturers with engaging presentation tools and management systems as well as promoting easy accessibility and participation.