UGBS Faculty Embark on Off-Campus Retreat

UGBS Faculty Embark on Off-Campus Retreat
Jul 01, 2022

In a bid to ensure that the academic staff of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) are aligned with the vision of the Dean, the school’s faculty embarked on a 3-day strategic retreat from 22nd through to 24th June 2022 at the Rock City Hotel, Kwahu. Among the objectives of the retreat was to reflect on how far they have come as a school as well as plan the way forward. The 3-day retreat had in attendance the Provost of the College of Humanities, Professor Daniel Frimpong Ofori, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Professor Robert Darko Osei, and Professor Daniel B. Sarpong, School of Agriculture, as well as some senior officers of the Business School.

In an address by Professor Justice N. Bawole, Dean of UGBS, he commended the faculty for their hard work over the years in making the Business School the best. He further urged them to avoid focusing on the negatives and creating panic among themselves and to own up to the challenges that come with the job. Prof. Bawole encouraged the participants to come together and contribute to building the Business School we want instead of destroying it.

Moving on, Professor Daniel Ofori acknowledged the Business school for the many great strides they have made over the past 10 years in terms of infrastructure, resource mobilisation, and expansion of programmes, among others. He further discussed issues about PhD supervision and promotion procedures. Finally, he encouraged faculty to engage with students and make themselves available to them.

Taking his turn, Professor Robert Darko Osei spoke on how to improve graduate students' experience. He mentioned the admission process, training, and non-academic components of the training as the three key areas that need attention. In terms of the admission process,  he stated that it is important that the process signals a merit-based system for students willing and ready to acquire knowledge and not just a certificate. It is also relevant that the programmes are revised continuously and basic ICT tools such as word, excel, referencing tools and PowerPoint are applied in training. He noted that non-academic factors like fostering a networking environment and participating in conferences and workshops are crucial.

Subsequently, Heads of Departments, Heads of Units, Committee Chairs, and Programme Coordinators gave presentations on their various units. The Heads of Departments briefed the participants on their achievements over the years and their new upcoming programmes. Participants were also taken through the rules and regulations governing the request of items from the procurement office by the procurement officer.

Among the other key areas that were discussed included; the Dean’s Vision for his second term, student-lecturer relationships, impact and community engagement, and virtual-physical mode of teaching. There were also presentations from Dr Raphael Odoom, who spoke on “Living the UGBS brand as a faculty through its Strategic Thrusts”; Dr Kobby Mensah also presented on FOCAS assessment and evaluation of customer/student experiences, whiles Dr Awuni Kolog touched on a UGBS-Dawuro app which is currently under development. Professor Elikplimi Agbloyor took the faculty through case teaching resources available to the school and how best to make the optimum use of these. Finally, Professor Obi Berko Damoah took the faculty through the mid-term (2021-2024) UGBS strategic plan, which attracted various discussions from several faculty members.

Moreover, the 3-day retreat was spiced up with aerobics and walks, The retreat ended with the Dean thanking the team for their participation. He urged them to continue working hard both individually and collectively as a team for the success of the Business School.


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