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Radford University calls for intellectualisation of university administration

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, Aug. 5, GNA – Dr Paul K. Effah, the
President of Radford University College, has urged stakeholders not only seek
to professionalise university administration, but also intellectualise it, to enable
it remain relevant to the academics.

He said there was no place for administrative
artisans, who waited to be told what to do.

He said the current trends of development in
advanced countries showed that research departments were being headed by administrative
staff, who went all out to source for funding to ensure the sustainability of
research activities.

Dr Effah, who is also the former Executive
Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education, made the call on
Friday in Accra at the Ghana Association of University Administrators’ (GAUA)
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Workshop Series for the southern
sector.

The day’s workshop on the theme “Modern
Trends in University Administration and Management,” was hosted by the
University of Ghana (UG).

It was attended by participants from the UG,
the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) – campuses at Ajumako and Winneba,
the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the Ghana Institute of Management and
Public Administration (GIMPA).

There rest are the University of Professional
Studies, Accra (UPSA), Ho Technical University and Accra Technical University.

GAUA’s vision is to promote the advancement of
higher education administration in Ghana and to stimulate the professional
development of its members.

Dr Effah noted that nowadays, universities
administrative portfolios such as registrar, planning officers, institutional
research and information technology directors were being held by master of
philosophy holders or doctorate degree holders.

Dr Effah, who spoke on the topic: “Modern
Trends in University Management and their Impact on Career Development,”
said the principal duties of university lecturers were to conduct research,
teach and render services.

He said for a university to remain relevant,
it had to make impact at the local, national and international levels.

Touching on four alternative path for
developments, Dr Effah mentioned the Post-Fordist University, which was
grounded in changes in the way the University is internally managed.

The others are the Core University Model, the
Distributor University System and Universities in “an ecology of
learning”.

On the importance of middle level staff in
universities management, Dr Effah said: “Organisations don’t prosper
unless managers in the middle ranks… identify and promote the need for change.

“People at that level gather valuable
intelligence from direct contact with customers, suppliers and
colleagues,” he said.

He urged university authorities to ensure that
their institutions operated an all year round programmes instead of the
semester system to cater for the rising demand for university education.

Mr Matthew Asare, National President of GAUA,
who chaired the function, said the National Executive Committee decided to hold
the CPD twice a year.

He said one was for the northern sector made
up of the University for Development Studies (UDS), University for Energy and
Natural Resources, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
(KNUST), University of Mines and Technology and the UEW Kumasi and
Mampong-Ashanti Campuses.

The southern sector was made up of UCC, UEW
Winneba and Ajumako campuses, UG, UPSA and the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

He said for strategic reason, there was the
decision to hold the northern sector event to coincide with the memorial
lecture of the late Mr Koby Yebo Okra, former Registrar of the KNUST.

Mrs Mercy Haizel-Ashia, UG Registrar, called
for effective collaboration and partnership between universities.

GNA

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