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The Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide opportunities for students of the university to undertake practical training at the plant.
Specifically, the MoU is aimed at enabling the students to undertake project research and get hands-on practical experience after their training through internship.
The plant and the university began an arrangement in 2015 to train some of the students of the university at the plant and the MoU is intended to formalize the initiative.
The Managing Director of ACARP, Dr Richard Amponsah, signed the MoU on behalf of the plant, while the Pro-Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, signed for the university.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Amponsah explained that the MoU had been necessitated by a gap identified between the theoretical knowledge acquired by students and the actual practical work.
“Industries complain that students who come out of the universities are not able to fit properly in the world of work and those of us in industry see the struggle students go through when they come out,” he said.
He said ACARP saw it as a strategic corporate responsibility to engage with KNUST, which trains science students for industry, and also expressed the belief that the students would be beneficial to the expanding facility.
Under the agreement, ACARP would take on not less than 15 KNUST interns periodically.