Some faculty and staff of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) embarked on a two-day strategic retreat at the International Students Guest Centre, Teiman, off Aburi Road. This spanned from Tuesday, January 30 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018. In his opening remarks, the Dean of UGBS, Prof. Joshua Yindenaba Abor, who doubled as the chairman for the strategic retreat, noted that the retreat "is not to think of what to do afresh, but to look at what we said we will do for the five years in our strategic plan, what we have done so far and how we can improve".
Participants made elaborate presentations on their various portfolios in line with the School's five-year strategic plan. They included the School Administrator, Mrs. Stella Dovlo, the Heads of the School's six Departments, Heads of Units, Committee Chairs as well as Coordinators of the various programmes.
The deliberations focused on promoting excellence in teaching and learning at the Business School. Touching on doctoral training, the team deliberated on organising workshops for doctoral students with qualitative and quantitative orientation and also work on a plan to engage them consistently. It was also agreed that class sizes be reduced to ensure efficiency in teaching and learning.
On ethics, responsibility and sustainability strategy, the team said their focus is on water, energy and waste management. The team further stressed that per their target, courses on the aforementioned areas would be designed and made available by 2021. In terms of improved ethical standards, awareness will be created among students and staff about the University's Sexual Harassment Policy. In addition, a number of activities have been outlined including making some selected washrooms and lecture halls disability-friendly, a project which is currently underway; this is in line with the School's aim of promoting social responsibility.
With regard to sustainability, it was revealed that currently, most appliances within the School are being replaced with energy friendly ones. For waste management, plans are underway to connect the liquid waste septic tank of the Graduate Campus with the main Accra AMA waste management system. Furthermore, the team brainstormed on internationalisation and accreditation and came up with ways of enhancing the global visibility of the UGBS brand.
Other areas of discussions included the improvement on the Marketing Communication Strategy of the School, Development of World Class Infrastructure, Efficient Financial Management as well as the Development of Human Resource Competencies.
Finally, there were presentations by the various coordinators and committee chairs on European Deans Across Frontiers (EDAF) strategies and plans.
The retreat ended with a resolution by the participants towards achieving the objectives set in the strategic plan to ensure that the Business School accomplishes its vision and mission.
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