The German Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Daniel Krull has cut sod for the construction of an International Cultural Centre on 26th April 2022 at the Department of Publishing Studies of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The initiative which evolved from the longstanding collaborative partnership between KNUST and the German Embassy in Ghana and the Federal Republic of Germany is set to be a Centre for cultural learning and a hub for students of KNUST to learn about German culture and language.
Speaking at the short ceremony, His Excellency Krull revealed that the German Embassy in Ghana and the Federal Republic of Germany has made significant contributions to KNUST. This, he said, is due to the relationship between KNUST and the Federal Republic of Germany which keeps growing year after year. The relationship reached its peak with the visits of the former German President Horst Köhler to KNUST in September 2011 to interact with staff and students.
The Pro Vice-chancellor, Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo, indicated that KNUST’s relationship with Germany over the years ranged in wide thematic areas including Water and Sanitation, Renewable Energy, Waste Management, Environment, Medical Research, Employability, Entrepreneurship and various capacity building initiatives.
“KNUST has received significant contributions towards staff and student development from the German Government by way of master’s and PhD scholarships as well as short, long term research grants among others. One of such is what we are witnessing today-bilateral relations, deepening relationships between institutions of higher learning in Germany and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,” he said.
Professor Owusu-Dabo also affirmed that preparations will be made to begin construction and urged the strengthening of KNUST's engagement with Germany in order to produce more innovative and mutually beneficial initiatives.
The KNUST Development Office served as a consultant for the International Cultural Centre's design.