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Regent University Organizes Staff Advancement Workshop as Preparation towards a Charter

Prof. F. K. Hymore (Ag. Vice President, Academic Affairs) speaking at the workshop

Regent University College of Science and Technology has held a workshop from 25 – 27 August, 2014, on the theme "Preparing for a Charter and Building a World Class Institution: The Role of Stakeholders."

The workshop was attended by Management, Staff and Lecturers of the University. Seasoned speakers were also drawn from sister institutions to share best practices with the University.

Guest speakers included Prof. Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa - Former Vice Chancellor, KNUST; Prof. N.N. Nsowah-Nuamah, Rector of Kumasi Polytechnic, and Chairman of Regent University Council;  Mr. Kwame Dattey, Executive Secretary, National Accreditation Board; Prof. J.M. Frimpong,  Dean, KNUST School of Business; Prof. F. K. Hymore (formerly of Covenant University, Nigeria) - Ag. Vice President, Regent Academic Affairs; Mr. Kwaku Pabbi, Lecturer, Dept. of Computer Science, KNUST; and Mr. William Gariba Akanwariwiak, KNUST Examination Audit unit, among others.

Mr. Kwame Dattey, Executive Secretary, National Accreditation Board, guest speaker at the Workshop

Topics that were discussed focused on issues relating to the roles of stakeholders (academic staff, supporting staff, students, management, council members and mentoring institutions); integrity of examination administration; the roles of customer service and student satisfaction; accreditation expectations; relating to the larger public and the place of online learning technology in building an institution of excellence.

Central to the workshop was the God factor.  Pastor Josiah Andor, a Lecturer and Assistant Chaplain of Regent advised participants to depend on God’s grace and strength to accomplish the task of building a world class institution. His sermons were based on Zechariah 4:1-10 and 2 Chronicles 20. According to Pastor Andor, building a world class university will not be by our might nor by our power, but by the spirit of God. Therefore, we should trust absolutely in him as we pursue the dream of becoming a world class institution.

Opening the ceremony, the President and Founder of Regent, Prof. E. K Larbi outlined the various advantages of obtaining a Charter and what we needed to do to be recognized as a world class university. According to Prof. Larbi, “we need to strive towards a charter because it will make Regent independent and autonomous, confer on us the ability to issue our own degrees or certificates, and most importantly, gives a sense of maturity and prestige.”

Recounting the successes by the university since its inception, Prof. Larbi mentioned that Regent was the first private university in Ghana, established purposefully to major in science and technology education and research. It also was the first private university in Ghana to start postgraduate degree program in Computer science and establish strong linkages with reputable international universities.

He also indicated the university has faced a number of challenges in its developmental trajectory some of which included the inability to sustain the momentum and drive, logistical and financial challenges associated with managing satellite campuses, low research output, lack of diversification of financial support base etc.

Prof. Larbi therefore charged all participants to renew their commitment towards achieving the ambitious goal of gaining a charter by 2016, and to attain national leadership in diverse educational and research programmes by 2020. He argued this will require strong commitment by pursuing the following strategic goals:  Relocating satellite campuses to McCarthy Main campus by 2015; make serious efforts to increasing the financial base and enrolment levels; strengthen and introduce more relevant undergraduate programmes; accelerating research and scholarly output especially in relevant applied research among others. He was, however, hopeful that with God’s help and a new sense of enthusiasm we will succeed. 

The workshop ended with great worship and praise with Prophet Atsu Manasseh, the founder of Watered Gardens, leading the entire university staff to pray for God’s grace and supernatural providence. He said God was not finished with Regent yet, and that better days are ahead – for God is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond what we ask or think according to the power that works in us (Eph. 3:20).