COLTEK and CAGRIC Student-Leaders Undergo Leadership Workshop
Student-Leaders from the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) and College of Agriculture Education, Asante-Mampong (CAGRIC) have undergone a day’s Leadership Workshop at Kumasi.
About 100 student-leaders attended the workshop which was held under the theme “The 21st Century Students’ Leadership: Obstacles and Opportunities.”
The Ag. Principal of COLTEK, Prof. Frederick K. Sarfo (in smock), other management members of COLTEK and Resource Persons
Key topics including “Global Practices and the Role of a Student-Leader”; “Branding Yourself as a Student-Leader” and “Judicious Spending: Using Student Funds Wisely” were treated in detail. In addition to the drawn-out questions and answer time participants were taken thorough discussions of the various topics.
The Acting Principal of COLTEK, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo in his opening remarks dilated on efficiency and effectiveness as some of the good traits that every good leader must exude in order to be successful.
He was hopeful that the student-leaders of UEW would assume a critical stakeholder position armed with adequate understanding of the mission and vision of UEW so they could contribute meaningfully to the University’s overall development. He stressed “you should not only occupy the positions but be productive and help to solve the myriad of challenges that confront us as a University”.
Touching on the theme for the workshop, Prof. Sarfo noted various challenges confronting academic institutions of higher learning in modern times to include the complexity of the 21st century student, inadequate funding, infrastructure and increasing student numbers.
Nonetheless, he said, 21st century education has the potential to mould students to become critical thinkers, creative as well as offering an enabling environment for collaborative efforts towards solving the manifold challenges of the modern times. Therefore, he challenged student-leaders of UEW to be up and doing in helping to address challenges of the University.
The College Registrar, Mr. Michael Kofi Adu urged the participants to adhere to the principles of authorisation, hierarchical order and collegiality, regularity and confidentiality if they were to have a smooth run and succeed as leaders.
College Registrar, COLTEK, Mr. Michael Kofi Adu addressing participants
The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ernest Kwesi Amponsah said his outfit organised the workshop to further the University administration’s key vision to make UEW an obvious choice for its student-centeredness. He was grateful that the student-leaders turned out in their numbers for the workshop which he noted was going to prepare them to adopt better approaches to lead in the University.
Dr. Ernest Kwesi Amponsah, Dean of Student Affairs of UEW
Participants were generally impressed about the organisation and presentations at the workshop. They hoped that such beneficial workshops would be organised more frequently to keep student-leaders constantly reminded of the high expectations of their followers and spur them on to work harder. Each of the participants was awarded a certificate.
The HoD, Psychology and Education, Dr. Dandy George Dampson presenting a certificate to one of the participants
Other speakers at the workshop were the Vice-Dean of Student Affairs (Winneba Campus), Dr. Christiana Hammond; Head, Department of Psychology and Education, Dr. Dandy George Dampson and a representative of the Working Group on Higher Education (WGHE) of the Association of African Universities, Mr. Kwesi Acquah Sam.
Dr. Christiana Hammond, Vice-Dean of Student Affairs (Winneba Campus)
Some of the participants listening to a presentation
A Representative of WGHE Mr. Kwesi Acquah Sam
The Vice-Dean, Student Affairs, COLTEK, Dr. Philip Oti-Agyen chaired the occasion.
A group photograph after the main session