Text Of The Communiqué Issued At A 4-Day International Workshop For Senior University Administrators From The Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti Held At The University Of Ghana, Legon In Collaboration With Mafobil Consulting Limited Between 12th And 15th May 2015
The Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti in conjunction with Mafobil Consulting Limited held an International Workshop for fifty of the university’s senior administrators which cut across the Registry, the Health Centre, the Physical Planning, the Works and Services, the Technologists in the Faculties, the University Farm, the Bursary, the Audit and the Sport Centre. The training workshop was also attended by the University Management as represented by the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) and the Registrar. The central theme of the training was “Excellence in the 21st Century University: The Knowledge Worker and Productivity.
The first day witnessed the presentation of the following four papers:
a. Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti: Mission, Vision and Prospects by Prof Patrick Oladipo Aina
b. Issues and Challenges in Higher Education and Research by Mr Vincent Lomotey
c. Leadership Responsibilities, Integrity and Legacy by Prof Oluyemisi Obilade
d. Building External Linkages and Partnership by Mr Magnus Rex Danquah
The second and third days were exclusively for intensive training in ICT, computer appreciation and application while the fourth day was for discussions on the management of universities in the 21st century as well as preparation of an action plan and other concluding formalities.
Among the various issues raised and discussed by the team at the training are the following:
h Underfunding of the university system
h Relevance of programmes and research in the universities to the need of industries and societies and the need for our university to make conscious efforts at rebranding some of the programmes that are less attractive.
h Access and accessibility to education
h Leadership and governance issues in the universities
h Eroding on academic culture by external bodies such as government and government agencies.
h The need to build appropriate and beneficial linkages by universities for the purpose of generating funds
h Collaboration and its attendant challenges
h The place of ICT in university governance and administration
h Globalization and its challenges
h Global ranking of institutions
The team, in discussing the various issues, arrived at the following recommendations:
a That our universities should look beyond the traditional reliance on government subvention and school fees for the generation of needed funds but rather explore more radical ways that include going into profitable commercial ventures, commercialization of research findings, rendering consultancy services, public endowment effective and beneficial linkages and partnership
a That capacity building for both teaching and non-teaching staff for a motivated and self motivated workforce should be handled with all the seriousness it deserves
a That collaborative entrepreneurial training that will close the gap between academic training and job/ market placement and societal needs and expectations be put in place and sustained
a That there should be a restructuring/rebranding/reinvesting/merging/scrapping of obsolete and undersubscribed courses and programmes
a That the provision of more infrastructure and facilities for oversubscribed programmes in our universities be explored so that they can admit more students
a That there is the need for strategic partnerships and linkages as well as sharing of available facilities across departments, faculties, institutions, and cultures to alleviate the negative effects of globalization on universities in the less advanced countries
a African universities are encouraged to set up their own criteria for ranking their universities since they are always at a disadvantage in the prejudiced global rankings carried out by foreign based organizations
a That universities should strive to provide conducive environment equipped with adequate manpower and infrastructural facilities,
a That our leaders at every level of responsibility should be proactive in governance and administration with good and sustainable succession plan.
- Appreciation and Conclusion
The fifty-member strong team shows appreciation to the university management as led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Patrick Oladipo Aina for his foresight and love for excellence which has culminated in this training. The team also thanks the management of TETFUND for making funds available for the programme and the organizers of the programme, Mafobil Consulting Limited for the logistics. Our humble recommendation is that the programme is made a continuous one so that other members of staff can benefit from it and the lofty vision of the university can be attained and it can stand tall among its peers as a 21st century compliant university
Thank you all .