Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology (MCFSP at KNUST) has organised an orientation program for the forty-three (43) successfully recruited scholars for the last Cohort of the KNUST - Arizona State University (ASU) 3+1+1 International Accelerated Degree Programme (IADP) for the 2020/2021 academic year. The orientation was held to officially welcome the scholars to the start of the 2020/2021 academic year in KNUST, introduce them to the opportunities and facilities available to them within Scholars Program and educate them on what is expected of them as scholars of the 3+1+1 IADP.
The last Cohort of scholars, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its related restrictions on travels could not physically transition to ASU to commence the academic year, hence, the arrangement for them to study virtually at ASU in KNUST.
Professor Francis Davis, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the KNUST Engineering Programmes Coordinator for the 3+1+1 IADP, advised the scholars to make good use of the opportunity afforded them to transition from KNUST to ASU to continue with their studies.
According to Prof. Davis, Mastercard Foundation Scholars are transformative leaders and they are expected to seize the opportunity given to them to study hard and lead significant transformations in their respective communities during and after their studies.
He used the opportunity to encourage the scholars to always consult their senior Cohort scholars and their respective programme coordinators when they encounter difficulties during their studies. He further assured the scholars of the Program’s readiness to support them with enough logistics as required for their studies, especially their practical courses.
Dr. (Mrs.) Florence Ellis, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Human Resource and Organisational Development and KNUST School of Business Coordinator for the 3+1+1 IADP, advised the scholars to take note of the time differences between Ghana and Arizona in order to meet the academic demands expected of them as ASU students in KNUST.
She cautioned the scholars against plagiarism and admonished them to develop the attitude of being serious with their studies and read more/wide on their own rather than always waiting on their lecturers.
Dr. (Mrs.) Ellis also used the opportunity to educate the scholars on the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and advised them to adhere to the safety protocols as communicated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Ghana.
ASU-KNUST 3+1+1 International Accelerated Degree Program (IADP) is a partnership, sponsored by the Mastercard Foundation, Toronto-Canada, between Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University (ASU) in USA, and Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. The partnership which began in August 2016 has grown to recruit a total of one hundred and thirty students (130) from KNUST pursuing their undergraduate studies in Engineering (BSc. Biomedical Engineering, BSc. Mechanical Engineering, BSc. Materials Engineering and BSc. Civil Engineering) and in Business Administration (BSc. Logistics and Supply Chain Management, BSc. Business Information Technology, BSc. Human Resource Management and BSc. Finance). Under this Program, the scholars study at KNUST for three years, complete their final year undergraduate studies at ASU (+1), and receive their undergraduate degrees from KNUST, and upon graduating with excellent grades subsequently proceed to undertake an International Accelerated Master’s Degree (+1)in their respective programs. Upon their graduation from the Program, the scholars are expected to contribute to societal change and transformation in Africa.
Present at the orientation were; Professor Kofi Owusu-Daaku, Principal Investigator, MCFSP at KNUST, Ms. Afia Ampomah Awuah, Program Manager, MCFSP at KNUST, Mr. Samuel Nash, Deputy Program Manager, MCFSP at KNUST, Rev. Fr. Dr. Stephen Jantuah, Chief Counsellor, MCFSP at KNUST and other Program staff of MCFSP at KNUST.