Dr. Paul Effah, a former Executive Secretary of the National Council of Tertiary Education (NCTE) has urged public universities to continue to expand the frontiers of knowledge through teaching and research for national development.
He said universities constitute the hub of knowledge generation in every country and that it could achieve its mandate through the delivery of effective leadership by senior members in managerial positions.
Dr Effah said this at a workshop organized for the senior members of the UENR in sunyani. The workshop aimed at equipping senior members in teaching and non- teaching units with the requisite skills to be perform their roles and responsibilities effectively for the university to reach its set mission and vision.
The Former Executive Secretary, who was the resource person for the training, took participants through the historical background on the establishment of universities in West Africa and the various sectors within the university.
He said departments play an important role in the university, adding that knowledge cell, center of intellectual activities, research, teaching, service and decisions are mostly taken at the departmental level and the need for senior members to become alive to their responsibilities.
Dr. Effah, also a Fouding Registrar of University for Development studies further said the university is an organized anarchy and hierarchical with the presence of various departments and encouraged the staff to learn to self-direct and navigate issues within the university.
Again, Dr. Effah highlighted on some important roles of the tertiary sector saying that it provides knowledge dissemination, application and skills development as well as capacity building. It also trains professional for national development and provides service to community. He also said that the tertiary sector faces challenges of expansion education, inequalities of access and outcomes, improvement of educational quality and relevance, inadequate funding among others that needs to be addressed.
However, he outlined some responses to the challenges which include new pedagogical approaches, distance learning, borderless institutions such as virtual and franchise universities, part time, weekend and evening programmes, emergence of entrepreneurial or corporate institutions and diversification of funding sources. He urged participants to take advantage of these responses and make UENR attractive.