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Professor Divine Kwaku Ahadzie of KNUST Wins Top International Award As The First African

Professor Divine Kwaku Ahadzie of KNUST Wins Top International Award As The First African

Professor Divine Kwaku Ahadzie of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Centre for Settlement Studies has won the Real Impact Award in the 2020 ‘Driving the Impact Agenda’ category.

The Real Impact Awards, organized by Emerald Publishing in the United Kingdom, seek to raise the profile of individuals, teams, and institutions committed to making a real difference through their research.

It also recognizes innovative approaches to achieving real impact, bridges the gap between research and practice by recognizing truly collaborative ways of working, and finally tells real impact success stories and recognizes those driving the debate.

His research interests are in housing and the environment, specifically affordable housing solutions for informal settlements and building resilient communities for flood risk management.

He completed his secondary education at the then-Technology Secondary School in Kumasi, Ghana (now KNUST Senior High school). In 1990, he received his BSc in Building Technology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

He later earned an MSc in Construction and Project Management from the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). He earned his PhD in Construction and Project Management from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom.

Professor Ahadzie has over 70 publications in highly regarded international journals to his name, as well as contributions to three book chapters published by Routledge – Taylor and Francis, UK.

He is also a publons.com academy reviewer, having reviewed over 80 manuscripts for top international journals worldwide. He has attended international conferences in London, Manchester, Brussels, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Addis Abeba, Cape Town, Kara, Togo, and Abeokuta, Nigeria.

For his review services, Prof Ahadzie received an outstanding reviewer award from the International Journal of Project Management in 2017. He is enthusiastic about research.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

The Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has caved into pressure and protests from students from the authorities to drastically reduce the cut-throat hostel rentals in the country’s biggest technology university.

Angry students of the school had today mounted a protest on the campus over what they described as extreme hikes in private hostel fees.

Rents for hostels range between GHC 2,000 and GHS5,000 for one academic year.

This prompted protests earlier on Friday, July 16, 2021, from students, who threatened to resist any further exploitation of students by private hostels.

Some of them took to social media to complain over the issue using the hashtag, #FixKnustHostelPrices.

Consequently, the school’s management was forced to agree with the students. In a frantic statement issued shortly after the student demonstration, the school issued a statement agreeing with the students that the recent hikes in hostel fees were excessive.

“Our investigation shows that indeed some private hostels, off-campus, have increased their rentals between 20% and 94%,” said KNUST Management.

“…the Dean of Students has identified those specific hostels and have started engaging them on the possible reduction of same,” the statement read.

According to the management of KNUST, hostels under the Private Hostels Association (PHA) “have increased their rentals not exceeding 12% as agreed with the University,” adding that the hostels the students are protesting are not under the PHA and thus not recognized by the school.

The management claims to curb hostel profiteering by private sharks, KNUST is discussing with three private investors for the construction of hostels beginning next academic year.

“Management wishes to assure the general student body and the public that every effort is being made to provide decent and secure accommodation for students on campus.”

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

Hundreds of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students gather to protest against an increase in their hostel fees and other charges on campus.

The majority of the students who gathered to march the massive demonstration are with the fear that they might be forced to quit their university education as a result of the increasing hotel fees on the campus.

Currently, students pay approximately ¢2,000 to ¢5,000 as hostel fees per semester. If owners of these private hostels go ahead with another increase that figure could go up to ¢10,000.

Fredmak Hostel - KNUST

Fredmak Hostel – KNUST

KNUSTconnect further investigations brought to book that students might even pay more in the subsequent semesters.

Hundreds of KNUST students protesting against an increase in their hostel fees are begging the school authorities to do something about this menace.

“I can’t afford to pay more as my hostel and mess charges. If the order is not rolled back, the only option before me is to quit studies,” – one of the students told GhanaCNN.com

Friday protest

On Friday, as hundreds of KNUST students were preparing to march to the Rent Control Department at Amakom in Kumasi, they were initially stopped by armed police officers. Others vented their anger on social media platforms with a campaign dubbed; #FixHostelFeesNow.

The placard-wielding protesters who have formed the Concerned Students of KNUST, later marched to the office of the Dean of Students to present a petition to management.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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SAD As KNUST Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

Scores of students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), are injured after a misunderstanding allegedly broke out between some members of the University Hall [Katanga] and the Unity Hall, [Conti] in the early hours of Sunday.

Four KNUST Students Rushed To The Hospital Over ‘Conti Indece’ Clash

Four KNUST Students Rushed To The Hospital Over ‘Conti Indece’ Clash

The incident happened during an ongoing vetting process for the Students Representative Council, SRC elections held at the Great Hall of the University.

According to eyewitnesses, the students also vandalized some school property such as chairs and glasses.

The Public Relations Officer of the Students Representative Council at KNUST, Caleb Asamoah Temeng, who was at the Great Hall, narrated to Citi News how the incident happened.

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

“It all started with the usual processions by the two halls in support of their various candidates from the halls to the Great Hall before the vetting starts. When the Katangees arrived, there was some sort of confusion between them and the Continentals. One gentleman believed to be part of the management team of an aspirant from Conti was preventing the Katangees from entering the Hall. This caused the first chaos between the two sides. ”

The Katangees suspected the said gentleman was from Conti and allegedly beat him up for preventing them from entering into the Great Hall with their procession, according to information available to Citi News.

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

It also alleged that the yet-to-be-identified management team member of the aspirant had a bottle in his possession that broke and cut his fingers and some other parts of his body – injuring him during the altercation.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.com

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