Koforidua Polytechnic to begin degree programmes

Professor Reynolds Okai, Rector of the Koforidua Polytechnic, has said the institution is to begin various degree programmes during this academic year alongside its Higher National Diploma (HND) courses. Some of the prospective degree programmes include Bachelor of Technology in Procurement, Bachelor of Technology in Automotive Engineering, Bachelor of Technology in Accounting, Bachelor of Technology in Energy System Engineering and Bachelor of Technology in Telecommunication Engineering. Professor Okai said this during an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Koforidua on Monday. He said the Koforidua Polytechnic had the necessary infrastructure to run the degree programmes. Professor Okai said the necessary accreditation process was ongoing and that there was a clear indication that the Polytechnic would receive positive response from the authorities. He said the National Accreditation Board had given approval for a programme like Bachelor of Technology in Procurement and that sale of admission forms had already began. Professor Okai said though the Koforidua polytechnic was one of the new polytechnics in the country, it had made great strides in achieving its objectives. He said from a humble beginning of 33 students in 1997, the student population had increased steadily to 4,710 as at the last academic year. The Rector said programmes the Polytechnic offers had increased from mainly Business related to Applied Science and Engineering Programmes. He said the Koforidua Polytechnic was the only polytechnic in Ghana offering the Renewable Energy Systems Engineering programme which had positioned the institution ahead of its peers in playing important roles in meeting the current and future energy needs of the country. He appealed to the government to help turn the Koforidua Polytechnic into a university.