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Regional News Sun, 30 Oct 2016

Embrace new status of Kumasi Technical University - Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah

The rector of the Kumasi Technical University (KTU), Professor Nicholas N. N. Nsowah-Nuamah, has asked staff of the institution to eschew all negative tendencies that would militate against the university’s quest to succeed as professionals.

He charged them to embrace the institution’s new status and to develop for themselves a kind of attitude that would befit the new status and to direct their thoughts and fill them with results-oriented ideas.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of a week-long training workshop, organised by the management of the institution as part of preparation for a smooth take-off of the operations of the newly converted Kumasi Polytechnic to the status of a technical university.

Positive attitude

The workshop is to train the staff to have a positive attitude towards the new status of the institution, and prepare their minds to help the institution to achieve its mandate.

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The training, which is being organised in partnership with Yankahlink Limited, would involve all staff of the institution to prepare them for the implementation of the conversion to a technical university.

The government expressed its intention to convert the 10 polytechnics in the country into technical universities, in the State of the Nation Address delivered in Parliament by President John Dramani Mahama in 2013.

The President explained that the policy would strengthen technical vocation education and training (TVET) and produce a more technically skilled labour force for the country’s economic and national development agenda.

This is in consonance with the Polytechnics Law (Act 745) of 2007 which highlights the aims of polytechnic education to include the provision of technical education in the fields of manufacturing, commerce, science, technology, applied social sciences and applied arts among other areas. eight polytechnics have been converted as of now.

Psychologically prepared

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Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah pointed out that for the university to achieve its mandate and give meaning to its new status, there was the need for the staff to be psychologically prepared, adding, “Our attitude to work in our new dispensation is not negotiable.

“It is common knowledge that staff who have a positive frame of mind are motivated to succeed in whatever endeavours they pursue, he stated.

He said having a positive attitude to work “brings a lot of results. All of us here need to understand that to be successful in our individual responsibilities, we need to think differently and constantly look for creative ways through which we can improve the status quo.”

“Our performances will definitely improve and those who have been sceptical about our performances will begin to rate us high,” he stated.

Source: Graphic.com.gh