The University of Ghana has organized the second in the series of seminars on University Management under the theme “Harnessing the benefits of Management Information in Higher Education Institutions”. Participants for the three-day seminar include senior members within the administrative and professional grades of the University of Ghana and other sister institutions, such as Wisconsin International University College, Methodist University College, Knustford University College, Pentecost University College, Catholic University College, Christian Senior University College, Narh-Bita College. Others are Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Institute of Accountancy Training, St. Peter’s Seminary, National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI). A task force from Makerere University Uganda, East Africa were also granted observer status at the seminar.
Delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony, the Director of Centre for Higher Education Transformation, South Africa, Dr. Nico Cloete, in demonstrating the link between higher education and development, emphasized that higher education was very crucial to national development and the fact that there is high unemployment rate means that there is a disconnect. He also noted that research output is directly related to academic work; however in comparing the two, there is also a disconnect.
He emphasized the need to improve and strengthen the definition of performance indicators, as well as the systematic, institution wide capturing and processing on key indicators, build capacity needs about the analysis of data at both planning, management and leadership levels, and linking these analysis to planned reforms at institutional and national levels. He noted that revitalizing African higher education would among other things require more comparative, evidence based approaches than declarative mission and intentions. He also noted the important role of national commissions and the crucial roles of incentives in knowledge production.
The Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Students Affairs, Professor Samuel Kwame Offei chaired the opening ceremony.
There will be other presentations and group sessions. “Topics to be discussed include “Institutional Information Requirements” to be handled by the National Council for Tertiary Education with inputs from the National Accreditation Board; “Systems and Structures for effective management in higher education institutions, “Human Resource Management”, “Financial Management”, and Management of Students and Academic Affairs”.
Last year, the University organized a similar management seminar which culminated in far reaching recommendations.
The three day seminar will end on Thursday.
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