The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, is abuzz with energy as freshers from all over the world arrive at the Main and the Obuasi campuses for the 2023/2024 Academic Year. The University, being recognised as the best university in the world for the provision of quality education (SDG 4) with its serene environment, has become a hub of excitement and anticipation as the newest members of the KNUST community settle in for their tertiary academic journey.
The 'Safe Arrival' initiative, which has been operational for the past three years, is dedicated to facilitating the smooth transition of fresh students into the University environment. Beyond easing the arrival process, the initiative plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety of these students by offering protection against potential threats posed by some individuals thereby creating a secure and welcoming atmosphere for all.
The University's commitment to creating a welcoming atmosphere extended beyond mere logistics. Social events, orientation programmes, and mentorship initiatives have been seamlessly integrated into the initial days, providing students with opportunities to forge connections and establish a sense of belonging. These intentional efforts aimed to cultivate a supportive community, essential for the holistic development of the fresh students.
The meticulous planning and execution of the arrival process underscore KNUST's dedication to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment. By prioritising the students' well-being during their initial days on campus, the University has set a promising tone for a holistic university experience for the Academic Year. As the fresh students’ settle into their new environment peacefully, the stage is set for a successful and enriching educational journey.
Professor Wilson A. Agyare, the Director of the Directorate of Students Affairs (DoSA), emphasised the important role of helping students understand university processes and policies. He highlighted DoSA’s commitment to involving students in decision-making and developing their leadership qualities, serving as the first point of contact for issues related to welfare, conduct, and discipline. At the Obuasi Campus, the Dean, Professor Lawrence Darkwah, along with Hall Tutors and the KNUST Help Team, welcomed and supported freshers upon arrival, ensuring a smooth settling into campus life. The team conducted rounds in the hostels to ensure that the students were free from challenges. As the freshers embark on their academic journey, many express their excitement about the opportunities for learning, research, and personal growth that KNUST offers.
The Deputy Registrar in charge of University Relations, Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe, expressed Management’s appreciation to the Directorate of Students Affairs, the KNUST Counselling Centre, the University Relations Office, the University Security Services, the KNUST Police Service, University Information Technology Services (UITS), the KNUST Cadet Corps, Students Representative Council (SRC), and the KNUST Chapter of the Graduate Students' Association of Ghana (GRASAG), for their contributions to the ‘Safe Arrival’ initiative.