Odebrecht Infrastructure, a Brazilian organization in construction and engineering has rewarded Civil Engineering students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for excellence at a ceremony in Kumasi.
Odebrecht Infrastructure with over 70 years’ experience and expertise globally established the Odebrecht Engineering Awards for the first, second, third and final year students of KNUST to encourage excellence and rewarded students with the highest Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA) in the Civil Engineering Department.
The Odebrecht Engineering Awards which is focused on recognizing, encouraging and motivating university students from KNUST to learn and overcome challenges and to pursue careers in the engineering field, formed part of the cooperation agreement between the two entities, signed last year.
A statement in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency named the winners for 2015 as Gregory Vieira, first year, Basit Issah Alhassan, second year, Dzidedi Aku, third year and Amanda Korlekie Agbetiameh, final year.
Engineer Prof. S.I.K. Ampadu, Provost of the College of Engineering at the KNUST said “We are very glad about the level of commitment and partnership we are receiving from Odebrecht. The Awards become a challenge and a wake-up call to students that stakeholders are watching them and they cannot just remain average, they need to strive to always become better.
“Odebrecht is committed to satisfying its clients, generating value for its shareholders, developing the communities in which it does business, and helping its stakeholders fulfill their potentials’, Mr. Danilo Trinchão, in charge of People and Finance at Odebrecht explained.
He added: ‘We have presence in 21 countries, including Ghana. We have diversified business activities and a decentralised structure and we do business in the fields of engineering and construction, industry, and in the development and operation of infrastructure and energy projects, creating integrated and innovative solutions that serve both our clients and the communities, providing solutions around the world for 72 years.’
One of the recipients of the Awards, Dzidedi Aku said: ‘I am very happy to have won the Odebrecht Engineering Awards. I am motivated to learn more and find innovative ways to overcome challenges always.
She said the Award had taught her that Engineers were trained to find solutions to challenges, just like Odebrecht had been doing around the world.
She said was overwhelmed and grateful to Odebrecht for the inspiring investment in their lives.’
Under an initiative of Odebrecht, A ‘Wall of fame’ has been created at the Civil Engineering Faculty where annually, the names of Award winners will be imprinted on plaques and displayed to celebrate them and inspire other students to do more.
Odebrecht Infrastructure is a global Brazilian origin organization with over 70 years’ experience, present in five continents and expertise in diversified business in Engineering & Construction, Industry and development of Infrastructure projects.
Odebrecht’s global operations have helped promote basic education and professional qualification for the job market, engender productive initiatives that generate job and income opportunities, improve the communities’ quality of life and sustainable territorial development.
In addition, Odebrecht promotes dialogue, cooperation and commitment designed to increase the value chain’s contribution toward sustainable development, strengthening of social inclusion and the promotion of human and cultural diversity.
Through strategic technology and knowledge transfer, Odebrecht, contributes to the development of the capacity and expertise of the human resource of economies where the company operates. GNA