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UEW Staff Sensitised on Strategic Planning

The 2019-2023 Corporate Strategic Plan Development Committee of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has organised a ‘Strategic Planning Sensitisation’ workshop for staff of the University.

The 2014-2018 Corporate Strategic Plan of UEW ends in December, 2018; thus, to fill the vacuum within that period, the Management of UEW constituted a Strategic Plan Development Committee (SPDC) to develop a new Strategic Plan for the next five years (2019-2023).   

  Members of the SPD Committe and some staff during one of the sessions

The sensitisation workshop which was meant to discuss, share ideas, prepare, create awareness and solicit inputs into the new Strategic Plan summoned Deans/Directors, Heads of Departments/Section/Units, Senior Members (teaching and non-teaching), Faculty/Departmental Administrators, Faculty/Sectional Accounts/Procurement Officers and the Student Leadership (SRC, DESA and GRASAG Executives).

The workshop was held at all the four campuses (Ajumako, Asante-Mampong, Kumasi and Winneba) of the University from Thursday 21st June to Wednesday 4th July, 2018.

At the Winneba, Kumasi and Asante-Mampong Campuses, the Chairman of SPDC and Dean of Faculty of Educational Studies, Prof. Samuel Hayford said that Ghana’s educational institutions particularly at the University level were going through the war of competing for students and resources which necessitated the need for the University to strategise well to avoid redundancy.  

Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies and Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Samuel Hayford

“We want this institution’s name to be one that people would look for when their wards or friends are looking for enrolment, job opportunities or want to do something that is connected with education or research; we would want our institution to remain as one of the top institutions that people would look for. Therefore, our duty this morning is to begin to search within our hearts where we want to drive this institution to in the next five years.” He noted. 

During the Ajumako session, Prof. Mrs. Salome Essuman of the Department of Educational Administration and Management, who acted as chair for the occasion indicated that there was the need to develop a new plan for the University and that new plan should not be done haphazardly but through sensitisation, consultation and collaboration to bring on board every stakeholder.

Deputy Registrar and Head, Publishing and Web Development - Mr. Jerry Addison Anyan (committee member) in a presentation during the Ajumako session

There were presentations by two members of the Committee namely the Ag. Director, Externally Funded Projects Office, Dr. Eric Daniel Ananga and assisted by Deputy Registrar and Head, Department of Publishing and Web Development, Mr. Jerry Addison Anyan at the various campuses.

The lead facilitator, Dr. Ananga took participants through what Strategic Planning meant, its purpose, components and challenges. He also touched on setting Strategic Plan targets, indicators and accountability framework, Strategic Plan roadmap and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.

Ag. Director, Externally Funded Projects Office and member of SPDC, Dr. Eric Daniel Ananga

Mr. Anyan reviewed the themes of the three previous Strategic Plans of UEW from 2003 to 2018. He pointed out the achievements and challenges of those Strategic Plans and also spoke on proposed themes for the 2019-2023 Corporate Strategic Plan.

The presentations ended with an open forum for sharing of ideas and contributions from participants. At the end of the presentations on each campus, participants were urged to meet as Faculties, Departments, Sections and Units to brainstorm, do SWOT analysis for their Departments and outline key objectives and strategies for the next five years which would be collated and incorporated into the next plan by the Committee.

Members of the University expressed delight about the grassroot approach adopted by the committee to solicit their inputs into the new Strategic Plan.

In all, there were 464 participants from all the Campuses. This is made of 259, 37, 104 and 64 at the Winneba, Ajumako, Kumasi and Asante-Mampong Campuses respectively.    

Some staff during the Winneba Campus meeting   

Other members of SPDC present at the various campuses of the workshop were the Dean, Faculty of Vocational Education at the College of Technology Education, Prof. Martin Amoah; Dean, Faculty of Agriculture Education, Prof. S. Y. Annor; and Ag. Planning Officer, Mr. Prince Asiedu.

Participants at the SPDC workshop at COLTEK