UEW Administrators Urged to Focus on Solutions for Growth
The President of Radford University College, Ghana, Dr. Paul Effah has called on Senior Members of the Registrar’s Office of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) to prioritise problem-solving to achieve the desired goal of the University.
He stated that the overarching role of every University was to transform human beings into human resource or human capital which could be achieved when managers go beyond acquired knowledge and exhibit ingenuity to problem-solving.
Dr. Paul Effah, the keynote Speaker
Dr. Effah was addressing participants in his keynote address on the theme “Enhancing Human Resource Skills of Registrars in UEW for Effective Administration” at the Elmina Beach Resort during the Registrar’s 2019 Annual Review meeting for Senior Members held from Monday, 13th to Thursday, 16th January, 2020.
“One of the things you do is to research, generate and provide knowledge but I am telling you that this current dispensation is not all about knowledge; it is about a means to an end. So, it is not enough to have knowledge in your head and go to sleep.
“So, we are moving gradually from ordinary output to outcome. It’s not how many students have first classes, it’s not how many publications but what they are made of in terms of critical thinking, in terms of creativity and innovation, in terms of what they can do. That is what we want today,” he emphasised.
Dr. Effah centred his presentation on the GREAT model. According to him, the abbreviation stood for “Goals, Roles, Expectations, Abilities and Time”. He urged participants to cultivate those qualities to run an effective administration. He also admonished them to be selfless, inspire and supervise work effectively to get the needed results from their subordinates.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang who chaired the occasion on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, entreated participants to welcome change and embrace technology for the growth of the University.
“Let us all agree that the University is an expansive system and we have to reach across the various networks and ensure that we all improve because when the University grows and develops, it affects everybody. It is the new year and as you take stock of what happened in 2019, I urge you to strategise, be proactive, see the new year as a year of progress, new ideas and please be ready to embrace change; be ready to embrace technology; feel youthful in your mind and not in your body,” he advised.
Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq.
The Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq., in his welcome address, encouraged Senior Members of his office to be upbeat for secretaryship appointments to committees.
There were presentations by the Registrar.; the keynote Speaker; the Executive Director of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners, Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Agbettor; an astute Lawyer, Mr. Richard Appiah-Nkyi; the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants, Mr. Samuel Mawusi Asafo and Senior Assistant Registrar in the UEW, Mrs. Ekua Abedi-Boafo.
Among the topics presented on were “the Journey so far; the Role of the Secretary: Before, During and After Meeting; Human Resource Communication; Building Human Resource Competencies; Legal Implications of Actions and Inactions of Administrators; Critical Thinking for Administrative Professionals; Career Development and Personal Evaluation; and Record Keeping and Retrieving: the Filing System in UEW.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Resource Personnel in a group photograph with participants