The Vice-Chancellor of Ho Technical University, Prof. Ben. Q. Honyenuga, has presented a report on the state of the University on Monday, December 6, 2021 at the G.M. Afeti Auditorium to members of Convocation.
Addressing Convocation, Prof. Honyenuga highlighted major developments and achievements chalked during the year, spanning from Teaching and Learning, International Partnership and Industry Collaboration, as well as advancement in Research and Innovations.
The Vice-Chancellor iterated the strategic positioning of the University on the international front through ground breaking research in Agro-Enterprise attracting international experts and research institutions to the University for further research collaborations.
He further commended the efforts of Convocation and other staff for their efforts over the period which resulted in positive projections of the University in in spite of the impact of the pandemic.
“Allow me to take this opportunity to express gratitude to all of you for the immense support you continually provide me and Management to ensure HTU remains the best Technical University in the country despite challenges faced, especially during this COVID-19 era”, he said.
Promotion of Research
Reiterating the support of Management to ensuring the advancement of scholarly community, Prof. Honyenuga urged members of Faculty to take advantage of the Research Fund which would be re-launched by end of the year to ensure progressive furtherance of Faculty members. He added that as a Higher Institution for TVET, it is imperative to discover innovative ways through pragmatic research that solves societal problems in addition to contributing to the scholarly community. He urged Faculty to expedite their research and publications endeavours which is very crucial in academia.
Visibility and Ranking
The Vice-Chancellor insightfully noted that the University in the continuous quest in realising it’s vision has made tremendous strides in it’s visibility and image promotion in the recent webometrics.
‘’I am happy to announce that we are competing favourably among Universities in the country as the recent Webometrics ranking reveals that HTU has moved from the position in the 20s to the 9th position in the last two years,” he said. He added that it is imperative to ensure that we aim to be among the top 5 in the webometric ranking.
Awards and Competition
The Vice-Chancellor acknowledged the multiple awards won by student at various competitions including the World Skills National Competition, Hackathon competitions, Akogena Tech Challenge and Virtual Formula One competition.
He applauded the enthusiasm by staff of the University in receiving vaccination against COVID-19 and urged the remaining few to ensure they are vaccinated before the year ends.
“With the availability of vaccination in the University, we have had about 75% of staff taking the jab. This is essential for the health security of the University. I will urge those who have not taken the jab to dismiss hoax and falsehood about the jab in order to safeguard our families, friends and colleagues”.
Concluding his report, Prof. Ben. Honyenuga reiterated the need for all members to uphold the values and vision of the institution in high esteem and to thrive in all endeavors to remain focused in carrying out the collective mandate of the University.
Convocation’s commendation and concerns
Members of Convocation commended the Vice-Chancellor and Management for the strides made for the year. They further took turns to ask pertinent questions and give constructive suggestions in academic, welfare, health and other development related areas for further advancement of the University.
In attendance were Key Management members including the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Edward Ayimeh, the Registrar, Dr. C.K Amehoe, Deans, Faculty members and Senior Members (non-teaching) of the University.