Partnership – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
The Building Stronger Universities Project is a four-year DANIDA project led by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in partnership with Aarhus University-led consortium of Danish Universities.
The Project duration is from October, 2017 to September, 2021. The total grant awarded is DKK 15,000,000 which is shared equally between the North and South partners of the project. The project also received an additional funding of DKK 1,386,560 from the BSU3 Unallocated funds to carry out additional set of activities in line with the objectives of the project.
The KNUST-BSUIII project is one of the most widely covered research capacity building projects (in terms of scope) currently being implemented by the University. BSUIII seeks to expand the research capacity of KNUST by strengthening the frameworks, systems and practices for conducting innovative research that address specific societal problems. BSUIII has three specific objectives: (a) strengthen the frameworks, systems and practices for conducting research: (b) promote stakeholder collaboration for demand-driven research and (c) promote innovation and entrepreneurship in teaching and research.
BSUIII builds on the achievements of BSUI&II by providing relevant training for academic and administrative staff, improving grants management systems, postgraduate education, library and laboratory services and academia-industry collaboration. These set of activities and outputs are implemented under four thematic areas namely; Climate Smart Agriculture and Environmental Management (WP1), Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WP2), Health Delivery Systems (WP3) and University-wide support systems and facilities for research.
BSUIII is led by Prof. Robert C. Abaidoo (Project Coordinator/Anchor) and Prof. Torsten Rodel Berg of Aarhus University, Denmark with administrative support from Mrs. Hannah Adom Eyison, KNUST. Implementation of the project activities are coordinated by eight (8) Work Package leaders from KNUST and the Danish Consortium.