The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has entered into a partnership agreement with Aurelia Holding AG Germany, to start a project dubbed ‘KNUST Centre for Capacity Development in Automobile and Manufacturing’ (CECADAM).
The project concept, bilaterally developed by teams from KNUST and Aurelia Holding AG Germany, embraces almost all aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with strong emphasis on SDG 17 - Partnership for Development. For this purpose, the Suame Municipality, noted as an epicentre for metal engineering, automobile repairs and innovative artisanal solutions in Ghana has been incorporated as one of the key areas of the project to among others, train the traditional mechanics to obtain contemporary skills to deal with the technological advancements within the manufacturing and automobile industry.
The CECADAM project falls in line with the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of ‘One-Department-One-Start-Up (1D-1S)’, and the Government of Ghana’s, ‘One- District-One-Factory (1D-1F)’ policies respectively and seeks to leverage strong Academia-Industry partnerships to develop communities and society.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson, in her address expressed the interest and support of her administration to the CECADAM project. She thanked Aurelia Holding AG Germany for the keen interest shown in the CECADAM project and the opportunity to take North-South cooperation to another level of academia-industry partnership in co-creation of knowledge, innovations and community impact. She was excited that the signed MoU will facilitate the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students between Ghana and German Small to Medium Scale Businesses and Industries for practical training and internships.
Speaking on behalf of Aurelia Holding AG Germany, Herr Joachim Lindenau and Frau Matilda Marful indicated that the immediate areas Aurelia Holding AG is interested to collaborate on the project include; Incubation Support Services, Capacity Building Services for Technical and Industrial Plants, Facilitation and Support for Project Financing, Green, Reverse and Frugal Innovation, Living Labs and Innovation Camps, and Suame Magazine Sustainable Community Livelihood Improvement Programme (SUMACLIP). Frau Matilda Marful hinted that Aurelia Holding AG would be facilitating the acquisition of alternative machinery and equipment to support the KNUST-Suame Community impact projects (SUMACLIP), as well as other Start-Ups running within the University.
In a related development, the Aurelia Holding AG Germany team paid a visit to the Suame Municipal for a tour around Suame Magazine, on 3rd April, 2021. Receiving the delegation, the MP for Suame, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu, together with the Municipal Chief Executive, Prof. John Osei Bobie Boahin emphasized that Suame is ready to be a Living Lab and the Industrial Hub of West Africa in Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, and also ready to work with KNUST to achieve the project objectives and deliverables.