The Ghana Publishing Company Limited (GPCL) on Friday, February 15, 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at the University Council Chamber of the university.
The MoU, initiated by the Ghana publishing Company and signed by both parties to collaborate on mutually beneficial activities in the areas of research, skills/expertise exchange and human resource capacity building is to serve as a legally binding agreement.
The MoU would also provide opportunity for both institutions to jointly pursue and collaborate on printing and publishing contracts, offer internship and job placement opportunities for printing and publishing students/graduates of KNUST and the organization of training and refresher programs for staff of Ghana Publishing Company Limited.
Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, Vice Chancellor of KNUST, expressed his appreciation at the signing of the MOU. He mentioned that he hoped the agreement would help in fostering a stronger relationship which would inure to the benefit of both institutions.
He encouraged GPCL to position itself to meet printing and publishing demands of the local economy. He also added that the University intends to use the opportunity provided by the agreement to provide valuable practical experience for its publishing and printing students and also collaborate in the design of publishing and printing related courses which satisfy current demands in the printing and publishing industry.
Mr David Boateng Asante, Managing Director of Ghana Publishing Company Limited, stated that the signing of the MoU formed part of ongoing initiatives by the Board and Management GPCL to revamp and retool the company as the principal state printing and publishing institution solely responsible for printing and publishing government works.
He added that the opportunity for staff of GPCL to receive human capacity building training and access to qualified printing and publishing manpower was a motivation for the initiative to collaborate with KNUST.
The Board Chairman of GPCL, Doctor Daniel Owusu-Ansah stressed on GPCL’s commitment to providing internship and national service opportunities for students and graduates from the Publishing department of KNUST, joint pursuit of printing and publishing contracts and the establishment of a relationship to share skills, expertise and infrastructure.