Sir Dr. Sam Jonah visited Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) at its main campus at Tesano, Accra.
The business magnate, who is the Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital, an equity fund based in Johannesburg, South Africa and an Advisory Council member of the UN Secretary General's Global Compact, paid a special visit to the University during the third week of January.
The visit which was coordinated by the Institutional Advancement Office (IAO) was to afford him the opportunity to meet management of the University as a member of the GTUC Advisory Board and also to discuss issues of mutual interest.
Welcoming Dr. Sam Jonah to the school, Dr. Awuah Baffour expressed his gratitude to him for making time to visit and also for his interest in the University.
The short but very strategic meeting lasted for about twenty minutes and issues discussed included the seven storey hostel project.
In his remarks, Dr. Sam Jonah expressed satisfaction with the growth of GTUC over the past few years and suggested alternative ways of funding to support projects and programmes. He also commended GTUC prudent utilization of its land.
Dr. Jonah was taken round the campus on a tour to key centres and also to the proposed site for the hostel project.
Also present at the meeting were Madam ML Brookshire (outgoing Head, Institutional Advancement), Mr. Emmanuel Adjepong (Head, Human Resource) and Mr. William Sarfo (Head, Finance). Also in attendance were Ms. Evelyn Asiedu (Head, Student Affairs), Lt. Col. (Rtd) Ibrahim Mamah (Head, Transport and Security) and Mr. Japhet Otchere Gyamfi representing Head, University Relations, Mr. Eric Appah (Alumni Relations Officer), and Ms. Fatu Esi Sesay (Administrative Assistant).
The Graduate School has held its last edition of the Prestigious Lectures, for its students, faculty and members of the general public.
The lecture was delivered by the Director, Inspectorate Division of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Mr. Eugene Adarkwa-Addae on the theme “The Significance of National Quality Infrastructure and Socio-Economic Development”.
In his presentation, Mr. Eugene Adarkwa-Addae said as the globalization of markets continues, its relentless pace is shaped by technological developments. He added that, more and more governments are carefully considering the overall arrangement of establishment or re-engineering of their National Quality Infrastructure.
‘’This is because enterprises in developing economies face daunting challenges in accessing markets in the more developed economies’’, he added.
Mr. Eugene Adarkwa-Addae took participants through the components of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) which are essential to productivity and trade. He stated that there cannot be a sound NQI without basis for global trade, even though the elements must exist at different levels of development.
The two hour presentation also touched on the need for a National Quality Infrastructure, standard component of the National Quality Infrastructure, functions of standards, international standards in conformity assessment and the role of government in ensuring an effective and efficient National Quality Infrastructure.
The event was also used to officially welcome students who have been admitted to pursue masters’ programmes for the January intake. In all, about 160 people attended the lecture which included fresh graduate students.
In his closing remarks, Dean, GTUC Graduate School, Dr. Francis Agyenim said, the University is working to carve an outstanding reputation as a leader in teaching excellence and a world class centre of research and intellectual creativity”. The institution of the monthly Prestigious Lecture is a testament to this fact.
He used the opportunity to thank faculty and staff of the Graduate School for the commitment and hard work though the year and wished them well for the coming year.
Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has held its 9th Prestigious Lecture for students and members of the general public. Theunique event is a monthly feature organized to create an opportunity for students and Faculty to interact and share experiences with professionals and giants of industry and corporate Ghana.
The lecture was delivered by the Chief Executive Officer of KAMA Group Limited, Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo. He spoke on the theme: “Entrepreneurship in the 21st century revolution”. With several years of experience as a practicing Pharmacist, Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo, an entrepreneur par excellence took participants through a two-hour presentation.
In his presentation, Dr. Addo told a fully packed audience at the Florence Onny Auditorium, that the youth needed to engage the “right side of the brain” which is endowed with innovation and creativity to explore and exploit opportunities around them.
He further stated that, there is “no short cut for money or sakawa” but what one needed to do was to understand how systems worked and take advantage of situations, adding that “in every negative situation there are numerous opportunities associated with it.”
“Though from a poor home and raised by a single parent with many siblings, I vowed never to visit poverty again in my life…I faced challenges and disappointments in the hands of several individuals including lecturers when a student at KNUST, but I never gave up,” he said confidently.
He encouraged participants to be disciplined and cultivate winning attitudes which are the hallmark for success. Dr. Addo also advised lecturers and teachers “to love their students and not to victimize them because they cannot suppress the destiny of anybody in life.”
He emphasized that, the 21st century has its own revolution, such as e-commerce, e-policing, e-banking, e-learning, among others, that calls for new methods of doing things which the youth and the nation ought to discover.
Dr. Agyekum Addo however, expressed regret that while many nations had gone past the industrial revolution era, Ghana is still marching along and stucked in it. “Ghana once produced batteries, sugar, radio sets and operated its own rail lines as well as a shipping line” but today all these industries have collapsed.
He blamed the situation partly on successive governments and university dons for training graduates without entrepreneurial brains or creativity and offering “University certificates of unemployment” to products who are virtually nonperforming on their jobs, because they cannot imagine, create, use talents and apply innovation.
He called for a paradigm shift in the mindset of Ghanaians by accepting the new revolution as well as to avoid doubt and fear which are inimical to creativity and innovations.
Dr. Francis Agyenim Boating, Dean of GTUC Graduate School who chaired the function, thanked Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo for coming to speak on the subject. He said that, the paradox of Ghana’s high unemployment rate in the light of numerous opportunities around could only be resolved through innovation and creativity.
He urged University authorities to harness the creative minds of students through creation of special platforms like the technology hubs, changing the curricular to reflect the needs of the 21st century and establishing relevant training institutions to facilitate students’ innovations.
Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has held its 9th Congregation Ceremony.
The impressive and colourful ceremony marked the end of four year undergraduate studies and the sixth batch of graduates for our undergraduate programmes. In all, about 650 students graduated from the faculties of Engineering, IT Business and Informatics and the graduate school.
The ceremony was attended by Prof. Walter S. Alhassan, Chairman of the University Council and the Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V who was the guest speaker for the occasion. Other officials include representatives from partnering institutions, media personnel, alumni, family and friends of graduates.
Speaking at the function, the President of GTUC, Dr. Osei K Darkwa, said “GTUC's uniqueness stems from the fact that, we are committed to what we do and actively seek opportunities to improve ourselves. This is evident in the number of partnerships and collaborations we have established over the past few years.
He further stated that, to demonstrate GTUC commitment to the delivery of quality education, GTUC has put in place the following measures:
• The introduction of three (3) admission entries in a year (January, May and September)
• Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend sessions
• Anywhere, anytime learning via our online programmes
• All year round sale of our Admission forms
• Multiple campus locations
GTUC Council Chair, Prof. Walter S. Alhassan in his welcome address said “Beyond establishing physical campuses, our plan is to consolidate our efforts to put all our courseware online, so that students everywhere can have access without necessarily visiting our campuses”. He assured graduates of their enormous potential and advised them to pursue their dreams.
He added that, the University will continue to address staff welfare with a view to attracting and retaining qualified personnel so as to guarantee quality education. We are an equal opportunity employer and I invite top notch individuals to apply for positions that we advertise from time to time.
Speaking at the event, the Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V said, for educational institutions to flourish as expected in the 21st century, it is important to establish alliances, partnership and network. It is said that “No man is an island”.
This he said, is underpinned by the following reasons:
• Being a part of an increased global competition as an individual university makes you struggle to compete domestically or internationally.
• Enhanced International partnerships
He emphasized that, to ensure the delivery of cutting edge technology education, institutions are to carefully consider the above in order to thrive.
Congratulating the graduating class, Nana Kobina Nketsia V said that his expectation and fervent wish for the class is that, the knowledge, thoughts, ideas and experiences acquired at GTUC will be used to support the development and transformation of our dear nation, which is saddled with challenges regarding basic developmental needs such as provision of constant power supply, potable water, good roads, robust and functional health system and a host of other challenges which are obvious.
A member of the graduating class, Mr. Isaac Owusu-Ansah speaking on behalf of his colleagues thanked GTUC for the opportunity given them and pledged their support as ambassadors through the alumni association.
Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has held an orientation programme for fresh students admitted for the January intake for the 2014/ 2015 academic year into its undergraduate and diploma programmes.
The event officially welcomes new students to GTUC and also serves as a general orientation exercise to expose them to the mode of operation and other related activities on campus.
The orientation programme enables fresh students to become comfortable in their new learning environment. It also exposes them to the University's mission, vision and values.
Students are made to understand the organizational structure of the University College and the channel through which they could have their grievances addressed.
This year's orientation was held at the Great Hall and recorded high patronage of over 350 fresh students who have been admitted into the University College to pursue degree and diploma programmes in Engineering, IT Business and Informatics. The code of ethics, rules and regulations of the University were disclosed to the new students.
The Vice President of GTUC, Dr. Robert Awuah Baffour welcomed the freshmen and introduced Faculty and Unit Heads who were present at the meeting.
Heads of Units took freshmen through functions and services offered by their respective Units.
There was a feedback session after the presentations which gave the students the opportunity to ask questions on what they heard.
In his closing remarks, the Vice President of GTUC, Dr. Awuah Baffour advised the students to concentrate on their books and make their parents who are investing in them proud. He further added that, they should see themselves as a generation of change and contribute meaningfully to the development of Ghana.
The freshmen embarked on a tour to various facilities on campus to acquaint themselves with their new environment. Facilities toured include the Central Administration Block, the Centre Infirmary, the Library, the Graduate School, Cafeteria and the Bush Canteen.
We say akwaaba to our freshmen and women.
As part of its social responsibility programmes, the University College has given a free one day ICT training to about seventy(70) pupils from two selection Junior High School in Accra.
The training programme which was scheduled to be part of events to mark the launch of the new GTUC, centered on the use of Microsoft Office Applications and the introduction to basic computer concepts. It was also as a platform to add up to the stock of knowledge of the pupils in the area of ICT and to create top of mind awareness of GTUC as an option when considering tertiary education.
The training took place at the GTUC Forensic Laboratory and was facilitated by Head, IT Support Services, Dr. Stephen Asunka.
The participating schools were the Christian Home Academy and the Police Depot Cluster of Schools, Accra. The training saw at least thirty (30) pupils coming from each school with their Instructors.
Speaking at an interview, a JHS 3 student, Master Richard Owusu Manu said that, the training has helped them to appreciate how the computer works and has also exposed them to a lot of techniques regarding the use of the computer.
The participants toured various facilities on campus to acquaint themselves with the area. Facilities toured included the Central Administration Block, the Centre for Online Teaching and Learning (COLT), the Library, Laboratories and the Graduate School.
The Kumasi Campus of Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has organized a one day seminar on Ebola Disease for members of staff and students.
The seminar was on the theme “Creating Awareness, Prevention and Handling Ebola in a University Community” and was organized by the University Relations Unit of the Kumasi Campus. The seminar was to sensitize members of staff and the students on the deadly Ebola Virus.
In his welcome address, an Officer with the University Relations Unit, Mr. George Akom explained the need for members of staff and students to be sensitized to enable them prevent and manage cases of Ebola in the university community and in their neighborhoods.
The seminar which lasted for two hours was attended by all members of staff and students of the Kumasi Campus. The resource person, an Epidemic Management Team Member and Senior Dental Surgeon of Kumasi South Hospital, Atonsu-Agogo, Dr. Richard Atuwo-Ampoh took participants through the history, causes, and prevention of Ebola.
His presentation gave a lot of insight to the participants and the illustrations, demonstrations and interactions also helped participants to appreciate the issues. Participants took turns to ask questions during the Q & A session of the programme.
In his closing remarks, the Director, GTUC Kumasi Campus, Dr. George Oppong Ampong, thanked the resource person for coming to share information with staff and also thanked participants for making time to attend the seminar.
He encouraged members to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired from the seminar and entreated them to educate members of their communities about the pandemic.
Approval has been given for the institution of GTUC Quality Champions across our campuses. This initiative, spearheaded by the Vice President, Dr. Robert Awuah Baffour through the Quality Promotion and Assurance Unit (QPAU) and the Human Resource Department (HRD), is geared towards standardizing procedures and quality assurance interventions across the satellite campuses. These champions will collaborate with the QPAU in meeting all quality requirements and ensuring that GTUC awards remain relevant outside Accra. The nominees are as follows;
|Takoradi Campus||Mr. Nicholas Adorsu (Lecturer)|
|Kumasi Campus||Mr. Pius K. Agyekum (Head of Academics)|
|Koforidua Campus||Mr. Eric Owusu- Kumih (Ag. Head/ Koforidua Campus)|
|Ho Campus||Mr. Frank S. Loglo (Ag. Head/ Ho Campus)|
The QPAU is grateful to Management and HRD for their support in ensuring that equivalence of standards are maintained on our Satellite Campuses.
GTUC Support Staff play a very vital role in the attainment and maintenance of quality. In view of this, the Quality Promotions and Assurance Unit (QPAU) in consultation with the Human Resource Department (HRD) organized a two day training program for Administrative Assistants under the theme, ‘Enhancing the Skills of Service Quality Providers at GTUC’. The training was on 29th and 30th July, 2014, and a repeat Session was organized on 5th and 6th August, 2014. About forty (40) GTUC Admin Officers/ Assistants were trained.
The main topics discussed were ‘Effective Communication Skills’, facilitated by Ms. Afua Amankwah Sarkodie (Head, University Relations) and ‘Essentials of Office Management’ facilitated by Mrs. Juliana Owusu Ansah (Registrar, Graduate School).
The rationale for this training was to stimulate staff on continuous improvement in their respective roles. Participants were also encouraged to support the Quality Agenda at GTUC. This implies that quality assurance is not only about establishing set criteria against which to judge quality or find out the extent to which the service met those specifications, but is also about ensuring that there are systems in place to guarantee that the desired quality will be achieved.
The QPAU is grateful to our facilitators for sharing their knowledge with us and also, Mr. Emmanuel Adjepong, (Head, HRD) for their support.