The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has launched a new five-year Corporate Strategic Plan that seeks to reposition the University in realising it vision as an internationally reputable institution for teacher education and research.
The document, which spans from 2014 to 2018 and the third since the institution attained autonomous status in 2004 is expected to help UEW to play a leading role in the nation’s drive to produce scholars whose knowledge would be fully responsive to the realities and exigencies of contemporary Ghanaian society and the West African sub-region.
It hinged on five thematic areas comprising excellent standards in teaching learning and research, proactive and responsive administrative system, enhanced access and equity, national, regional and international partnership for development and enhanced quality assurance.
Launching the Plan, the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTC), Prof. Mahama Duwiejua, commended the University for its Commitment not to drift away from its core mandate.
He, therefore, urged management of UEW to demonstrate the needed leadership skills in order for the university to achieve the proclamation made in the document and also factor in certain uncertainties which he noted would throw the realisation of the goals in the document off gear.
He further urged them to put in implementation as well as monitoring mechanisms that would ensure the full realisation of the mission and vision of the institution.
He commended the University for its Commitment to place emphasis on enhancing access and equity to the underprivileged, marginalised, persons living with disability and students from less endowed schools in the country.
Prof. Duwiejua appealed to management of the institution to make a conscious effort to increase the presence of UEW in the country and beyond while maintaining the market share.
He also indicated the need for the university to areas it had comparative advantage and fashion out programme and policies to realise the internal and external mission that informed the establishment of the university.
He noted that UEW had a mission that focus on the training of competent professional teachers for all levels of education as well as to conduct research, disseminate knowledge and contribute to educational policy and research.
Prof. Duwiejua mentioned that the introduction of the corporate strategic plan would enable the university to refocus and organise to respond to emerging societal problems and stated that no institution could survive without corporate strategic document.
The Vice Chancellor of UEW, Prof Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, in an address stated that the current plan would vigorously pursue national, regional and international partnerships for development.
“There is the need to improve on the branding and visibility of the University in the international arena, to enhance regional and international collaborations in this highly-technological and globalized world” he said.
He noted that the plan would also contribute in ensuring quality assurance, saying, “There is also the need to improve on the monitoring and evaluation of academic programmes, institutionalise Control Self-Assessment (CSA) programmes and ensure maintenance of processes, standards, and guidelines for quality assurance in the University”.
Prof Asabere-Ameyaw stated that priority would be given to enhancing excellent academic standards in teaching, learning and research.
A major area of pursuit as part of the strategic plan, he explained, would be in streamlining administrative procedures to adopt the collegiate system of governance in the University, adding that, “Information and Communication Technology will be used as a major resource for the core functions of the University”.
The university, he further said, would continue to improve and expand provision of distance education services, facilities, and opportunities which he noted, were critical towards the provision of access to education.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of UEW, Dr Emmanuel Kenneth Andoh, explained that the University was still mindful of its vision as a teacher training university with the responsibility of helping in the redirection of the county’s efforts along the path of economic and social development.
He urged both staff and students to work tirelessly to bring into fruition the specific objectives in the plan that relates to their office, faculty, department, units or directorate.
The first Corporate Strategic Plan was from 2003 to 2008 while the second one spans the period 2009 to 2013.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Winneba