The National Service Scheme (NSS) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are set to enhance their collaboration through a new strategic initiative. This was announced by the Executive Director of NSS, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi, during a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson, at the Council Chamber on Friday, May 31, 2024.

Hon. Antwi highlighted the longstanding relationship between NSS and KNUST, recognising the mutual benefits it has brought over the years. He emphasised the importance of deepening this partnership by identifying new areas for further improvement and providing additional support.

A key proposal he disclosed was the establishment of a dedicated NSS office space on the KNUST campus to address logistical challenges faced by NSS personnel, who currently must leave their official duties to visit district offices to submit evaluation forms. “The new office, when established, will further streamline administrative processes, facilitate the timely disbursement of allowances, and enable better planning by accurately forecasting the number of graduates ready for service, thereby reducing skills mismatch,” he explained.

Furthermore, Hon. Antwi expressed interest in collaborating with KNUST on research and data analysis to understand the evolving demands of various industries. This, he said, will ensure that the training and deployment of National Service personnel align with market needs.

He also proposed formalising the partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), covering fields such as agricultural engineering, sports science, business, and accounting. The Ashanti Regional NSS Director, Mr. Prince Kankam Boadu, who accompanied Hon. Antwi, praised KNUST for its exemplary organisation of a recent orientation program for National Service Personnel, which saw a significant turnout at the Great Hall.

During the visit, the NSS leaders presented the National Service Policy (2024–2034) to the Vice-Chancellor. In her response, Professor Dickson commended the NSS for its vital role within the university framework and encouraged close collaboration in drafting the proposed MoU to ensure a seamless transition and effective implementation of the collaborative initiatives.

She reaffirmed KNUST’s commitment to supporting the NSS in enhancing their systems and providing essential support to graduates. Also present at the meeting were Professor Christian Agyare, Provost of the College of Health Sciences, and the Registrar of KNUST, Mr. Andrew Kwasi Boateng.