The Regional Transport Research and Education Centre of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has launched a new postgraduate programme, Leadership Development in the Transport Industry in Africa.

Speaking at the launch, the Centre’s Director, Prof Charles Adum Adams said the course is to train students into qualified experts in the transport sector for Africa whilst maintaining the local context to improve the quality of life.

“We’d have a new crop of well-trained decision makers in the transport sector who will be able to evaluate schemes and give us value for money, they should be able understand how transport contribute to the economy and GDP and they should be able to access impact of transport on the environment,” Prof Adams stated.

Dean of the Faculty of Civil and Geo-Engineering, Prof Geoffrey Anornu on his part noted the centre’s vision is in line with the University’s goal to become the leader in science and technology education.

The new course, Leadership Development in the Transport Industry in Africa became crucial after a UKaid-funded study identified the need to train the next generation of leaders through graduate programmes, professional short courses and applied research.

The programme which will take place via online and on-campus is administered by the Centre for Sub-Saharan Transport Leadership (CSSTL) at the College of Engineering.

It will jointly be run by the KNUST School of Business and the Regional Transport Research and Education Centre Kumasi (TRECK), a Government of Ghana supported and World Bank-funded Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE).