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Graduates of the Ho Technical University (HTU) have been encouraged to dedicate themselves to what it takes to creating jobs, so when the opportunity presents itself, they are ready to create jobs and employ others.
According to Professor Ben Honyenuga, the Vice Chancellor of the University, the world of work is no more for job seekers but job creators. It is for this reason that HTU dedicated a lot of time and resources in ensuring their students are “undeniably equipped with requisite technical and entrepreneurial skills to create jobs” for themselves and employ others.
He therefore urged them on saying, “persevere and never give up as you pursue your dreams in life and compete in the world of work with your colleagues from other sister tertiary institutions.”
Prof. Honyenuga gave the encouragement during the 21st Congregation of the University in Ho last week. The ceremony which was held in two sessions to allow adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols saw 1,079 students graduated with Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HND).
Out of this number, 130 obtained First Class Honours, 612 obtained Second Class Upper, 309 obtained Second Class Lower while 28 obtained passes.
Porf. Honyenuga reminded the graduates that their classes obtained should not determine their performance in the world of work, but rather their hard work and dedication to their dreams. He therefore urged them not to hesitate to contact the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer (CEIT) of the university to assist them should they require any assistance in operationalizing their business ideas.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Professor Emmanuel James Flolu urged the graduates to never forget their training and never forget they are unique and specially equipped to contribute immensely to national and global development.
The Guest Speaker for the first Session, Constance Swaniker, the CEO and Founder of Design and Technology Institute who gave the graduates ten important points in surviving in the job market advised them to desist from ‘get rich quick’ syndrome and ‘having a sense of entitlement’.
Instead, they should learn to make good use of internships and volunteerism, carefully choose their role models, build integrity, become change agents and treat all people right as they rise in life.
Madam Susana Kudjoe, the CEO of KCS Fast Foods Services who was the Guest Speaker of the Second Session stressed that, entrepreneurship may be challenging, but with passion and commitment it is possible. More so, graduates who want to create jobs must spend time to understand their community to identify the best opportunities that suite their skills and resources.
The overall best student who was also the valedictorian, Selassie Kelvin Massiasta observed that the influence of Information Communication Technology (ICT), including trends like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Digital Culture and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in the world should enjoin policy makers to actively incorporate them in the curriculum to prepare the youth for the new future of work.
Several other outstanding students were also presented with various awards.