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.
The Property department of the University College has initiated a “GTUC Goes Green” project to promote and facilitate sustainable practices at Ghana Technology University College by creating a more sustainable campus and community.The project which started in August 2014 is also aimed at reducing waste, lowering our carbon trails, and educating staff and students on best practices while supporting to grow local businesses who are into recycling by supplying them with waste materials they need for recycling. In practice, going green does not only involve recycling but means adopting five basic principles in our daily lives which are important in protecting the environment from harm, as well as helping to ensure a sustainable environment.
The five basic principles are:
• Reducing consumption and waste
• Conserving Energy
• Reducing pollution
• Conserving Resources
• Protecting the earth’s ecological balance
The department currently has a planned work schedule for two principles:
A. Reducing Consumption and Waste
Going green in the context of reducing consumption and waste means Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. GTUC now uses old refurbished furniture at the Video Conference Centre. Forty (40) old chairs have been refurbished. Materials like wawa boards, plywood and other materials are used for the refurbishment.
The department has a disposal site near the main stores for collection recyclable materials for recycling. It is expected that, more labeled plastic bins will be positioned at vantage points on Campus for collection of recycling materials.
As part of the project, faculty and staff as well as students are encouraged to sort their waste in order to facilitate the recycling process.
Sorting helps to maintain the quality of our recyclables which makes them more attractive to companies that purchase these materials
The department plans to replace old appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners which are less energy efficient, either because they were not designed to be so, or they are no longer in their optimal working conditions.
Our attempt to use less energy could be complemented by turning off lights when they are not in use or directly engaging in energy efficient practices.
Phase one of the project on this principle, is changing all 2-in-1 two feet fluorescent tubes at offices and lecture rooms at the Abeka campus to 30-65w energy saving bulbs and educating students through posters to use energy wisely. These energy efficiency tips will not only allow GTUC to conserve energy but also save money.
Solar energy as a reliable alternative source of energy is already in use at GTUC for the main Administration Block. GTUC’s commitment to finding alternative source of energy is shown by the execution of a Solar Project which is managed by the Technology Research and Innovation Centre (TRIC).
It is our expectation that, solar energy could be adopted as a supplementary source of energy for the University College especially for all our new projects as long as we continue to enjoy an appreciable level of sunshine.
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Ghana Technology University College is launching its new identity to portray its values and ideals. The week long programme started with a Float through the principal streets of Accra.
The 6-hour Float went through the principal streets of Accra on Monday, with staff and Students, as well as volunteers distributing flyers and explaining the purpose of the launch, programme offering, admission processes and the uniqueness of GTUC education to interested residents and members of the general public along the route.
The Float which started at the Tesano campus went through Avenor, the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the Adabraka main street, Rawlings Park Business Area, Accra High Street, Asylum down Ring Road Area and back to campus. At the Rawlings Park Business Area, traders who were engaged in the sale of their wares paused and danced to tunes that came from the campaign truck. This created the opportunity for floaters to share information with them and also have feedback about GTUC.
The DJ on the trail, who is a student at GTUC assured the public of quality education and invited all to come to GTUC and enjoy the unique experience.
Present during the float were Senior Members, Staff, leadership of the Student Representative Council, Students and volunteers from the University Community.
In an interview, a Student Affairs Officer, Mr. Samuel Seglah who took part in the float, said “Even though the float marked the beginning of a week long programme to launch the new GTUC, it was also a physical exercise to help us burn some calories which is good for our health.
He also added that, feedback from people they interacted with goes to confirm that, indeed GTUC has a place in the tertiary education market space. He used the opportunity encourage all to contribute to build the University College.
The memorable event was one of excitement and fun. Kudos to organisers!
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.
The Human Resource Unit has organised a workshop for faculty and Staff of the University.
The workshop which centred on performance management was necessitated by the recent concern about staff performance and the need to enhance delivery.
The event which took place in the Eva Von Hirsch Auditorium was also to sensitize Heads of Departments and Senior Administrative Staff on Management Performance goals and ensure adherence regarding setting Departmental/Unit objectives.
Speaking at the event, the President, GTUC, Dr. Osei K. Darkwa took participants through Management goals for 2014 as captured in his speech at the breakfast meeting in January.
He explained that, it takes collaborative effort for an organisation to achieve its goals. “It is expected that all of us play our honest part to be able to grow as an institution”, he added.
He further stated that, Management is ready to reward staff in terms of salaries and other remunerations for their resourcefulness and performance. It is therefore incumbent on Staff to perform in order to attract the best of rewards.
In attendance were the Vice President, GTUC, Dr. Robert Awuah Baffour, Registrar, GTUC, Prof. Patrick Otoo Bobbie and other key members of the University College.
Faculty and Staff who attended the workshop were given the opportunity to ask questions and concerns were addressed.
In his closing remarks, Prof. Patrick Bobbie encouraged Heads of Departments and Senior Administrative Staff to work hard with their respective teams to build GTUC. He also assured participants of Management’s commitment to their welfare and safety.
Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has participated in an Educational Workshop in Cotonou, Benin.
The three day workshop took place at the ISBA Hall, Cotonou and was organized by Group Danale a consultancy firm for life coaching and career development. The event was to create a platform for Beninois students who have written the senior high school certificate examination and are waiting to enter into tertiary institutions to access information regarding Universities, programme offerings, scholarships and Study abroad programmes available.
The start of the workshop was marked by a formal opening and organizers took time to address participants on the importance of attending such workshops.
About ten tertiary institutions and professional bodies mounted stands and exhibited their programmes and courses including Ghana Technology University College (GTUC)
It is estimated that, about 300 students visited the GTUC stand after sessions of presentations by resource persons.