Southern State University, Baton Rouge, Lousiana has donated laboratory equipment worth 15,000 dollars to the Department of Materials Engineering of the College of Engineering. The donation is part of the study abroad and cultural exchange programme between KNUST and Southern State University which dates as far back as 1995.
Professor Patrick Mensah, team leader of the delegation from Southern State University stated that the United States (US) government and the National Science Foundation fund US students to go abroad to learn the culture of other countries and to help solve the problems of the countries they visit. The programme is dubbed “International Research in Education Experience.” As part of their visit, therefore, six (6) students comprising five undergraduates and a graduate student, together with Prof. Samuel Ibekwe donated laboratory equipment to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Professor Mensah stated that all the items were manufactured in the USA. The items include glass beakers, temperature probes, sieves, ionic buffer chemicals, stir bars, flouride, balances or scales, pH liquid probe, thermometer kit, hot plate, water purifier, water bathe 22L, thermo probes, flasks and pH conductivity.
Receiving the items on behalf of Univeristy, the head of the Department of Materials Engineering, Prof. Coffie thanked the donors and stated that the donation would go a long way to facilitate effective teaching, learning and research. He hoped the collaboration would continue to grow for the benefit of both institutions.