Four students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have developed an application for disseminating information at the business school.
Randy Senyo Deh, Francis Acquah Jnr, Prosper Abasa and Isaac Afful are final-year students of the KNUST School of Business.
Their innovation relieves students of the hustle they go through accessing information on campus.
Users will be able to receive news on academic and other activities from lecturers as well as management for purposes of effective planning ahead of time.
Learning materials and other educational resources from other programs can also be shared for easy use.
Team leader, Isaac Afful, says they decided to build the mobile application after they realised students are not getting real-time information. “There was an event last year which the organisers faced a lot of problems with budgeting and planning. They underestimated and under-budgeted for the event because they did have adequate information. So we developed the app to address the challenge and make life simple on campus,” he said.
There are often recurrences of students missing out of a class, a quiz, mid-semester or end of year exams because they missed the time.
“it has a schedule timer which will prompt the student may be twenty minutes (depending on the time set) to the events as a reminder so they don’t forget or miss out on important happenings,” he explains. The app was out-doored at the official launch of the 12th Business Week of the School of Business at KNUST.
The theme for the week celebration was, “Celebrating an Enabling Environment to Promote Entrepreneurship “.
Dean of the Business School, Professor Nathaniel Boso says the business community must tap into the knowledge of the youth and women in particular. “Young people are not supposed to be seen as not ready for life. Whether we like it or not, young people have a superior cognitive power that older people don’t have. Majority of successful businesses are being started by women so they shouldn’t be marginalised”.
According to him, evident is being seen from various parts of the world that High growing people are being started by teenagers. He believes the society should, therefore, give young people the chance to think beyond what society expect them to.
Vice Dean, Dr David Asamoah, says in the face of graduate unemployment, volunteerism must be encouraged.
“What we are advising our students to do is that they should be thinking about sacrificing, for now, they should capacity and skills. So immediately they identify an area they are interested in, they should find a company that has the capacity in that sense and volunteer. And this could make them better prospects for employment. I believe that it will even help slow down the unemployment in the environment.”