The Takoradi Technical University at Takoradi in the Western Region has held a symposium with the aim of mobilising the support of all stakeholders to achieve its objectives under its new university status.
The staff’s symposium was to adequately inform the staff about the processes leading to the transition of the university from a polytechnic and plans for the future.
Mr. Emmanuel Okumi Andoh, Vice Rector of the Takoradi Technical University, opening the forum, called for the meaningful contribution from the staff to enable the school to live up to its mandate, and stressed the need for attitudinal change.
He said the new status required new attitude to face the new challenges that come along with the management of a university.
Professor Stephen Adei, a former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and a guest speaker, urged both the teaching and non-teaching staff to embrace the change and own the school.
He described the conversion of the polytechnics into technical universities by the government as a “brilliant idea” as it would enable the schools to operate more efficiently and produce the required technical human resource.
Prof. Adei, however, urged the government to grant the new technical universities greater scope for better innovations and creativity and with a clear cut mission and vision for them to succeed.
He urged the management and staff of the university to commit to achieving the objectives of the university, saying “the prestige is good, but you must live up to expectation.”
According to him, the university has vast opportunities to explore through its strategic proximity to the Takoradi sea port, the railways, cocoa, timber and the oil and gas factories.
The university, he advised should not fail in taking advantage of the industries in training and building the capacities of the students.
From Peter Gbambila,Takoradi.