Twenty (20) faculty and senior university administrators have been trained in higher education management at a three-day workshop organised by the UPSA Centre for International Education and Collaboration (CIEC).
The participants, mostly deans, heads of departments, higher education practitioners and senior administrators in international offices were selected from various tertiary institutions across the country as part of a two-phase capacity building programme under the National Multiplication Training (NMT) programme 2022.
The NMT is an initiative of the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) and jointly coordinated by the German Academic Exchanges Services (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The first phase of the training workshop took place from February 23-25, 2022 at the Ellking Hotel in East Legon, Accra, with the second session expected to be held in August 2022.
During the three-day residential training, participants were taken through various subject areas including project management, internationalisation, intercultural communication, and management of international partnerships and collaborations.
Addressing the participants at the closing session on Friday, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Professor Charles Barnor, was confident that the NMT has offered the desired platform to discuss pertinent issues affecting the internationalisation of higher education institutions.
He was optimistic that the participants would return to better their respective institutions with the new knowledge acquired.
Key resource persons who facilitated the workshop included Dr. Birgit Barden-Laufer (international expert), Prof Rosemond Boohene (Regional Expert and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast), Prof Abigail Opoku Mensah (Local Expert and Team Lead), Prof. Ibrahim Mohammed and Prof. John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor, Local Experts/Trainers with Prof Albert Puni, Prof Candice Moore and Mr Daniel Hormeku as Guest Speakers.
In her closing remarks, the Lead facilitator and Director of CIEC at UPSA, Professor Abigail Opoku Mensah, said the UPSA/DAAD-DIES National Multiplication Training has equipped the managers of higher education institutions with project management as a tool for addressing emerging trends in international partnership projects.
She thanked the DIES and DAAD for selecting UPSA to host the 2022 NMT while calling for future collaborations to organize similar projects in the future.