The College of Engineering (CoE) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi has organised a day’s orientation for new members of staff.
Participants were educated on lectures and examinations issues, developing careers as academics, the University as an administrative system. Other topics treated included; social issues affecting new lecturers, researchers and administrative tips on starting it right.
The Provost of the College of Engineering, Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah in his remark stated that the orientation programme was put together to enable the new staff settle down quickly and integrate into the University system. He added that the programme forms part of the mentorship programme at the College.
He underlined the need for mentees to interact regularly with the mentors who have been assigned to them. He also encouraged the new staff to feel free to interact with all the Professors in the College irrespective of the fact that they may not be their personal mentors. He further, entreated the participants to take the workshop seriously in order to know their rights and responsibilities as Senior Members of the University.
Mr. Benjamin Andoh, a retired Deputy Registrar of the University in his presentation on ‘Human resources related policies, and rights of a staff”, took the new staff through conditions of service, and promotion.
Presenting on ‘University Structure and the Collegiate System’, Professor George Yaw Obeng, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering noted that the University exists to build on KNUST’s leadership as the premier science and technology University in Ghana and to be among the top ten Universities in Africa. Also, KNUST exists to advance knowledge in science and technology through creating an environment for undertaking relevant research, quality teaching, entrepreneurship, training and community engagement to improve the quality of life. He, thus, urged the new staff to bear these values in mind in all their dealings.
Other resource persons included the Dean of Students, Professor W.A. Agyare, Professor S.I.K. Ampadu, Professor Y.A. Tuffour Professor F.K. Forson and Mrs. Ida Saeed who is the College Registrar.