Bridging the Industry-Academia Gap: ATU Deans, Directors and HODs Equipped

Following the high demand for continuous education and training, Accra Technical University is set to introduce innovative approaches to help solve capacity building problems through the introduction of short courses.

 At a seminar held on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at the University Guest Lodge, Deans, Heads of Departments and Directors were taken through the fundamentals of running effective short courses that are relevant to solving industry problems.

Delivering the welcome address in the stead of the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of ATU, Professor Amevi Acakpovi, intimated that the introduction and effective running of short courses will not only benefit the university but also help Deans, Heads of Departments and Directors to build their capacities and expand their knowledge horizon.  He further appreciated the participants for making time for the seminar in spite of its short notice.

One of the resource persons for the seminar, Mr Yaw Amo Sarpong, a value chain specialist and the coordinator of the Short Courses Programme Unit at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, took the participants through the roadmap to introducing short courses at ATU. In his presentation dubbed ‘‘How to Run Effective Short Courses’’, Mr Sarpong explained to the participants the rudiments of commencing a short course. He cautioned the participants to be wary of the unrestrained introduction of short courses, outlining various factors to consider before doing so.

The presentation by Mr. Ralph Nyadu-Addo, an expert in entrepreneurship and grant writing outlined the opportunities available for ATU to generate more funds for its activities while proposing initiatives such as the establishment of a business development centre. While acknowledging the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the general economic landscape, he was quick to add that ATU could still shore up its fiscal resources by becoming more agile, more global in its approach, and less isolated in its fundraising activities.

The Vice-Chancellor of ATU, Professor Samuel Nii Odai, who was present at the closing, encouraged the participants to make the most of what they have learned and assured them of more of such seminars to aid in raising the standard of ATU a notch higher.

Speaking on the sidelines of the seminar, Dr. Musa Doumbia, Head of Department of Procurement and Supply Chain Management, described the seminar as a productive one he called on relevant authorities to pursue more of such endeavours and ensure that the outcomes from same find expression in their implementation.

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