Varsity councils told to sharpern management skills

PROF. JANE  NAANA  OPOKU-AGYEMAN-EDU. MIN (1)......The Minister of Education, Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has asked members of the university governing councils to sharpen their management skills for effective administration of the universities.

She said the changing global environment required the governing councils to be innovative in providing quality and effective leadership to deliver on their mandates.

The Minister said this in a speech read on her behalf at the opening of a day’s Leadership Development Conference in Accra on Thursday.  It was attended by members of governing councils and the university leadership (private and public) to strengthen their management and leadership skills.

It forms part of the Senior Academic Leadership Training (SALT) II project which commenced early last year, and has since trained 146 council members of 15 public universities in the country,  and 111 heads of departments from 27 institutions as at July.

The Minister reminded them of their functions, including providing policy direction for the universities, and stressed on the need for them to exhibit good quality leadership skills to stand out as exceptional.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang also spoke of the need to provide similar leadership training for heads of polytechnics and colleges of education to improve their management skills.

The chairman of the (NTCE), National Council for Tertiary Education, Professor Clifford Tagoe, noted that the  higher education landscape had changed over the years due to globalisation, creating  the need for leadership training for the universities and the governing council to cope with the changing situation.

The Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, Professor Etieme Ehile, said the association served as a platform for the universities to network and build capacities to improve the quality of education on the continent.

He urged the universities which had not joined the association to do so in order to access wide range quality services and products.

Topics discussed at the conference were ‘Twenty First Century University Governance’, ‘Impact and Current Trends on Ghana Governing Boards’, ‘ Higher Performance Board Characteristics and steps to Becoming a  Performance Board,”  “Examples of Governance Best Practices within Ghana’s College and University Governing Boards’, and “The Performance and Steps to Building Strong Relationships between Presidents , Board Chairs, and Administrative Liasions”.

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

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