Dr Kwaku Afriyie, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, said higher education institutions need to be strengthened to help build capacity in science, technology and innovation (STI ).
He said it was one of the surest ways to meet society’s needs.
Dr Afriyie, who was addressing the 3rd Congregation of the College of Science and Technology (CCST) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at Kwadaso in Kumasi, said that science should interact with society and solve the societal challenges.
“In my opinion, I consider CCST to be one of the institutions that need to be strengthened to build ITS capacity given the extensive state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and field stations available to the College.”
The ceremony saw a batch of 38 graduate students in various disciplines of Master of Science and Master of Philosophy for the 2021/2022 academic year.
It took place on the theme “Scientific and technological education for industrial development”.
Dr. Afriyie noted that STI was undeniably driving economic development around the world, adding that a country like Ghana should not be left behind as nations progress in economy and industry.
“For a country to be classified as emerging, it must exhibit certain characteristics, each of which includes economic growth and progressive industrialization among others.
“If not for nothing, the challenges of COVID-19 have also provided us as scientists with the opportunity to do more and take responsibility,” Dr Afriyie said.
He said the government, through the ministry, is currently working on a framework and technology facilitation mechanism to mainstream STI in all productive sectors of the economy.
Dr. Afriyie challenged CSIR to build platforms and take center stage in supporting and enhancing research, research commercialization, publications, patents, technology transfer, collaboration industry-science-university as well as reaching markets.
Professor Mark Appiah, President of CCST, said the College, which emphasizes skills development and entrepreneurship, will continue to produce students who meet the demands of the job market.
He urged graduate students to work hard, take risks, innovate and contribute to the sustainable development of Ghana.
Professor Appiah said they must use the skills learned to help make some of the country’s flagship programs more successful.