The Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan (UI), Professor Abel Idowu Olayina, has paid a working visit to Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (MCFSP at KNUST) Secretariat. His visit sought to inquire into how the scholar’s program is implemented at KNUST to aid in the implementation of the Scholars Program at UI. Professor Ayodele Samuel Jegede, the Director of Research Management Office, UI, accompanied him.
Professor William Otoo Ellis, Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board (EAB) of MCFSP at KNUST, welcomed the delegation from UI and introduced the staff of the Scholars Program at KNUST.
Presenting on the administration of MCFSP at KNUST, Professor Kofi Owusu-Daaku, Lead for the Vice Chancellor, MCFSP at KNUST, gave a brief overview of the organogram of the Scholars Program at KNUST and highlighted on the functions of the EAB which is chaired by Professor William Otoo Ellis, former Vice Chancellor of KNUST.
Prof. Owusu-Daaku, also talked about the give-back component of the scholar’s program. “The give-back component of the Scholars’ Program mandates scholars to lead or participate in community projects that seek to bring transformations to their respective communities,” he said.
The Program Manager of the MCFSP at KNUST, Ms. Afia Ampomah Awuah, in her presentation, gave an overview of the day-to-day running of the Scholars’ Program at KNUST. According to Ms. Awuah, the Phase I of the Program recruited seven hundred and fifty (750), scholars of which two (2) cohorts consisting of 131 scholars have graduated with excellent academic performances.
She again said that the Phase II of the Scholars Program has commenced. Currently the Secretariat has advertised the call for applications from prospective scholars to recruit and train them to become ethical and transformational leaders, she added.
In her presentation, she gave highlights on some scholars’ community projects and engagements that have served as sources of economic opportunities and employment for some members of their respective communities.
The Vice Chancellor’s visit featured some scholars; Miss. Vivian Owoo and Diing William Chol Diing, and a scholar alumnus; Miss. Emily Otoo Quayson of the Program, making presentations on their respective community projects and engagements.