The Centre for International Education and Collaboration (CIEC) of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has organized a day’s training programme at the School of Graduate Studies (SOGs) for the newly recruited lecturers of the University.
The training which is part of the University’s recruitment process for over a decade seeks to bring new lecturers up to speed with the teaching and learning philosophies of the University.
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Barnor, in his welcome address commended Prof. Mrs. Goski Alabi, Dean of CIEC for being instrumental in drafting the module used in training lecturers; and also for the enthusiasm she exhibits whenever she is called upon to facilitate the training Programme.
He also mentioned that UPSA is known for placing high value on everything, he therefore urged the participants to take the training seriously.
Prof. Alabi, who was the main facilitator of the programme, started by describing the academic field, she stated that a lecturer’s primary role is to teach, conduct research and serve the community wholeheartedly. “In academia more teaching ought to be done than research; that is what is supposed to be, but this is not so because it is perceived that if you do not publish, you perish,” she said. She also urged the lecturers to be very ethical and professional in all their endeavours.
The very interactive session got the participants debating on educational philosophies that have existed and how best to challenge the status quo in order to improve the caliber of graduates the University churns out.
Participants were very interactive in the training session, and appreciative for the insightful presentations.
Present at the programme were Prof. Amartey, Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr. Seidu Mustapha, Registrar of the University, Dr. Mensah Mawutor, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.