One-Day Workshop on Translating UG Strategy into Action

On Friday 9th June, 2017, about 55 senior members in management positions and a few representatives of Employee Associations and Unions within the University of Ghana (UG) attended a one-day intensive workshop session in the Great Hall on the theme: Achieving Research Intensive University Status- Walking the Talk. The facilitator was Mr Michael Harry Yamson, from Ishmael Yamson and Associates, Management Consultants and Investor Advisors.

The workshop, which precedes the annual Registrar’s Seminar on University Management with the same theme, was to discuss the issues that need to be focused on by all stakeholders in order to operationalize UG’s Strategic Plan, 2014-2024.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, who opened the workshop was also a participant. In his address, he urged participants to embrace the University’s mission, vision and core values and to translate the strategic priorities into action.  He explained that the Vice-Chancellor's eight strategic teams had been tasked to facilitate this process.

Ishmael Yamson, LLD honoris causa, former Chairman of UG Council (1997-2006) spoke about the myths, taboos and some imperatives that surround the implementation of a strategic plan.

Other participants included former Vice-Chancellor Ivan Addae-Mensah, Provosts Samuel Agyei-Mensah and Patrick Ayeh-Kumi, a number of chairpersons of the Strategic Teams, members of the Strategy Committee, the University Librarian, Administrative Directors, Deputy Directors, Unit heads and members of the planning committee.

The Registrar, Mrs Mercy Haizel-Ashia, explained that the theme for the annual two-day Seminar on University Management to be held from Wednesday, 14th to Thursday, 15th June, 2017, had been chosen in view of the key roles that members of the Administrative/Professional cadre play within the University.

The recommendations from the Friday workshop will form the basis of discussions at the 2017 Registrar’s Seminar which will put the microscope on how to ‘Walk the Talk’ in the implementation of the strategic objectives of UG, through daily duties.

The programme for the two-day seminar, which will be attended by senior members in the administrative and professional class and a few invited senior staff. is designed to:

  • showcase how routine activities at the unit and individual level can support the Strategic Plan; and,
  • jointly develop SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound) actions that will align daily activities to the Plan.