Pro-Vice Chancellor of Central University, Prof Bill Puplampu has challenged Senior Members of the university community to support the process, progress and the challenges associated with delivering the mandate as a full-fledged autonomous university.
To give meaning to this, Prof Puplampu posited that it would require “the right people at the right time” with the needed capacity to “achieve this strategic agenda”.
He, therefore, tasked the senior members not to settle for anything less in getting administrative procedures right and also be mindful of the appropriate and unique institutional framework for quality assurances purposes.
Addressing participants at the opening of a 3-day training workshop on committee and records management, the Pro-VC also bemoaned the needless friction between some administrative staff and academic staff describing the situation as “unfortunate”.
Prof Puplampu argued that the principal responsibility of the senior members and senior staff is to support the core mandate of the university adding that it is a governance function which requires good administration”.
“If we compromise on our mandates, we will sink together. It is important to see our roles as a symbiotic relationship and work hard to position CU as the best for others to aspire up to” he advised.
According to him, any administrative gap will warrant the university being sanctioned stressing that the senior members have a duty and responsibility to research and write good reports, minutes and policy briefs as well as have firm grasp of the knowledge of procedures thus the training workshop.
Drawing from his previous experience as a classroom teacher, the Pro-VC “instructed” the Senior Members to learn to “read, speak and write good English and reports” adding that “I know you know but it is time to know more because it is always a pleasure to read materials well written”.
In his address, the Director of Human Resource, Mr. Thomas Ofori -Amanfo said the training was being conducted at the instance of management. He explained that a paradigm shift in the human resource position would ensure a good administrative and academic governance of the university.
He said participants will be taken through topics such as issues in higher education, committee management, minutes writing and records management.
Mr. Ofori Amanfo indicated that committee management is a critical skill required of administrators and therefore called on the participants to take the training seriously adding that the democratic nature if governance in higher educational institutions ensured the extensive use of committees for corporate decision making.
Central University’s Faculty of Law on Tuesday February 7, 2017 made its maiden appearance to the Philip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition under the auspices of the International Law Students Association as part of the preparations to be considered for the International Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, USA in March 2017.
As new entrants they joined GIMPA, KNUST, UCC and Lancaster University Ghana (another new entrant) for the Ghana Qualifying Rounds in a stimulating academic engagement arguing out a fictional hypothetical problem involving a dispute of shared water resources and the protection of historic artefacts of joint heritage titled “The Case Concerning the Sisters of the Sun”.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is an advocacy competition for law students where they compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations.
Using the “Compromis”- the compilation of agreed facts about the dispute written and compiled by leading scholars of international law, the participants research and prepare arguments for both sides of the dispute, drafting and editing written pleadings; “memorials” and make an oral presentation of 45 minutes as Applicants and Respondents before a panel of judges, and simulating a court proceedings respectively.
With Chantel Sika Agbavor (Level 300) and Benjamin Mensah (Level 200) as respondents, they engaged the more experienced GIMPA Team to argue out their case after having researched and submitted memorials for this intellectual discourse.
Leading her team of applicants on the other hand, Edem Kojo Agbekor and Emmanuel Addai Mintah; Level 300 and 200 respectively, Shafawu Baba Dua (Level 200) exhibited mastery of their knowledge and understanding of the case and principles underlying the International legal regime in conflict resolution as they busied the judges and their counterparts from the KNUST Law Faculty; a very experienced and exposed team to Moot Court Competition in Africa and Washington DC.
After putting up a solid oral presentation and defence coupled with interjections from the panel of judges at various times in the course of their deliveries, Team CU at the end of the Preliminary Round obtained a total score of 1,345 to take the 4th position.
Ms. Ewurafua Baboa Opoku, Law Lecturer and Team Advisor described the team’s performance as one on “a journey of beginning; travelling the unknown, finding and feeling our way through like new borns learning to crawl and walk. We hope to have cut some teeth by the time this experience through and to become what we have become”.
A level 400 student of Central University, Master Emmanuel Adu-Darko has secured a two week internship with the Investment Banking Division of the reputable Goldman Sachs Group, International (GSI) in London.
The internship arrangement provides an opportunity for Emmanuel to work in the UK in the month of April to understudy in the experienced international investment, banking and financial institution which will enrich and broaden his perspectives in corporate governance.
Goldman Sachs Inc. has made good the offer with the provision of an all-expense paid trip, accommodation and a stipend for the two weeks stay in the UK.
Whiles in the UK, Mr. Adu-Darko will be expected to discharge his duties with excellence and may be considered for full employment upon completion, a statement signed by the Executive Director, Helen Ouseley read.
In a related development, Emmanuel on Saturday February 3, 2017 left for Kenya after having been selected to participate in a conference on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Nairobi, Kenya under the aegis of AIESEC Global Exchange.
He will also be required to undertake an internship called “Uzima Milele” together with the other conference participants (graduates and students with leadership skills and passion for volunteerism and social enterprises) to promote a cultural understanding among the participants who are from selected tertiary institutions with AIESEC in operation.
AIESEC is an international, not for profit, educational organisation established in 1948 with presence in over 128 countries around the world. It has a mission to facilitate and promote cultural understanding by developing responsible and proactive agents of change through the International Exchange Program. Participants for the exchange program is drawn from outstanding university students and recent graduates and provide them with practical professional experience.
Master Adu-Darko, a founding member of AIESEC in Central University in 2013 is expected back home on Saturday February 25, 2017.
The street lighting project, funded by the Holy Ghost Temple of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) in Adenta is a monumental commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the church’s existence.
The street lights brings a new lease of life to the university campus. This means campus life can now go beyond the situation where almost all activities come to an end after 6pm.
Hitherto, the campus got emptied out after 6pm as everybody seem to rush to the safety, comfort and illumination of their homes and hostels away from the midst of darkness that engulfed the principal streets and other adjourning linkages to the hostels, food court, and lecture halls among other places, said the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kwesi Yankah.
A ceremony to commission and dedicate the 100 street lights on Thursday January 26, 2017 saw the Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil being assisted by Rev Yaw Annor, head pastor of the Holy Ghost Temple, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof Bill Puplampo, the ICGC Presbytery, Deans and Directors and other departmental representatives in attendance.
An additional 50 street lights donated by the Chancellor, Dr. Mensa Otabil is expected to be installed to add beauty and bring “lamp to the feet of students along the prayer garden arena and other dark places”, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kwesi Yankah revealed.
Dr. Mensa Otabil in a brief statement expressed his appreciation to Prophet Annor and his team at the Adenta ICGC for their support to the university.
“This is a good example and I hope the Regional Overseers, pastors and other churches follow suit”, Dr. Mensa Otabil admonished, adding that “every support is welcome, it need not be a very big project like this. This is an open invitation to all”.
Professor Kwesi Yankah in his address said the installation of the street lights was a huge relief to the university, stressing that “it is now time for knowledge to be created within the light at night”.
Sounding biblical, Prof. Yankah said the spoken words in the creation story “let there be light” were still as relevant as today since there is now light to separate the darkness on the campus.
For his part, Mr. Andy Osei Okrah, Project Committee Chairman of Holy Ghost Temple said the church was proud to be associated with the good name of the university. He gave the assurance that the Holy Ghost Temple will continue to support the university at all times. He also mentioned that the church has already donated over 50 garden benches to allow students enjoy their stay on campus at all times.
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