Teaching and Non-Teaching staff who are Senior Members of ATU have been charged to consciously mentor their subordinates to help improve productivity and the general delivery of service in a two-day Mentorship for Administrative and Teaching Staff workshop facilitated by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai.
The two-day programme which commenced from Wednesday, August 26 to Thursday, August 27, 2020, came off at the University Auditorium.
In his opening remarks, the Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor of ATU, Prof. Amevi Acakpovi, applauded the Vice-Chancellor for the initiative and explained that mentorship is important as it is one sure way for knowledge and skills transfer. In furtherance, Prof. Odai said, ‘‘for us to make strides and to develop as a team, this mentorship programme is important. We have so many structures that if we leverage on, we will progress and this cannot be achieved without mentorship’’.
Delivering a PowerPoint presentation, the Vice-Chancellor took participants through topics such as the meaning and root of the word mentor, the concept of mentor and mentee, and temperament issues.
On the sidelines of his presentation, Prof. Odai encouraged participants to do more in the area of research to enrich their professional portfolio. In line with this, he implored the participants to hone their research proposal-writing skills to enable them seamlessly access the half-a-million cedi research fund set aside with the Department of Research, Innovation, Publication and Technology Transfer (DRIPTT) for research purposes.
Prof. Amevi Acakpovi, Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Edmund Ameko, Associate Professor in Food Science and Technology at the Science Laboratory Technology Department, Mr. Edwin Mends Brew, Ag. Director, DRIPTT, and Dr. Florence Plockey, the University Librarian, shared their mentorship and menteeship experiences to encourage participants on the need for seeking professional direction and guidance.
Participants similarly had the opportunity to share their experiences and ask questions.
In the coming weeks, teaching staff are expected to undergo a competency-based training workshop to boost the advancement of the core mandate of the University, and enhance students’ experience.