As part of its mandate to mentor Colleges of Education, the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast has rolled out a number of training workshops all categories of staff in the various colleges.
The first College to benefit from such training workshop is Berekum College of Education in the Brong Ahafo Region, where Heads of Department were taken through a two-day training.
The programme was aimed at educating participants on their responsibilities, promoting the growth of their respective departments, marketing the departments, amongst others.
As a result of an exploratory visit by a delegation from Auburn University in August 2016 to University of Cape Coast and the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) the Director of IEPA was invited to visit Auburn University in December 2016. A four member team visited Auburn University form 5th to 8th December to discuss and explore possible areas of collaboration with the University of Cape Coast. The team lead by the Pro VC Prof. George Oduro, comprised Director of Center for International Programmes, Prof. Rosemund Boohene, Director of Institution for Educational Planning and Administration, Dr. Rosemary Bosu and Head of Basic Education Department Dr. H. Angbing.
Dr. Ralph Gardner III has made donation of books and journals worth thousands of Ghana Cedis to the Department of Education and Psychology of the Faculty of Educational Foundations, UCC.
Dr. Gardner was a Fulbright Scholar from the Ohio State University, USA, who visited the Department during the 2014/2015 academic year. He taught courses in Special Education at the Ph. D level during his visit.
The donation which included current books and journals from distinguished authors was presented on his behalf by Prof. Prosper Deku to the Department. He expressed gratitude to Dr Gardner for his tremendous assistance to the Department.
The Vice-Chancellor, Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, has underscored the need for departments, faculties, schools and colleges to share resources together in the University.
He bemoaned the fact that some colleges do not give their facility with others in the University for academic activities, adding that "we need to start breaking this barrier because it will not help us."
The Vice-Chancellor said that if a department, faculty, school or college had a facility within the University, it was because the University had allowed that facility to be built in the University, hence " others can come and share in that responsibility of enjoying that facility."
The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro has received a delegation from the Auburn University in the United States of America at his office.
The Auburn University is collaborating with the Institute of Education Planning and Administration (I.E.P.A).
Briefing the Pro Vice-Chancellor on their mission, a member of the team, Elizabeth Essamuah-Quansah, said her university has established a mutual partnership with the IEPA and hoped it would grow into a long-term one. She said they were in the University of Cape Coast to learn from their colleagues and also share their experiences with them.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole has rounded up his nationwide visit to Colleges of Education (CoE) in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions.
With the elevation of the Colleges of Education in the country to tertiary status, the relationship between the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the Colleges has taken a new dimension. This implies that the relationship goes beyond assessment of students of the colleges and includes mentorship in the areas of academic work, governance, staff development and capacity building. Currently, 45 out of the 46 Colleges have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and Affiliation Agreement with UCC.
A two-day training programme on ‘ICT Use and its Importance in Academic Practices’ has been organised by the Centre for Teaching Support (CTS) for Deans/Directors/Heads and Coordinators of various units in the College of Education Studies.
The training programme aimed at assisting participants to acquire an understanding of University Rankings and the indicators for ranking Universities, to use and promote the use of Institutional email addresses and staff blogging.
Participants were also assisted to examine and reflect on their own professional practices in the light of Professional Learning Networks and other ICT tools.
The final year group of the M.Ed. Educational Administration (Sandwich) of the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) have presented a set of visitors’ chairs and table to the institute. The group totalling 260 were represented by their course reps at the ceremony. The group presented the set of furniture to the IEPA as part of their effort to maintain IEPA as the lead institute in the training of Educational Administrators and Planners in Ghana in the sub-region. The Director (Dr. Mrs. Rosemary Bosu) who received the furniture on behalf of the institute expressed her gratitude to the group for the kind gesture and assured the group the institute will not relent on her efforts at producing well trained educational managers for the country. Prof. Yaw A.
The Centre of Teaching Support (CTS) has organised a three-day comprehensive training programme for newly appointed Lecturers/Assistant Lecturers and Part Time Lecturers of the College of Education Studies.
The training programme was aimed at enhancing professional development of the teaching staff by providing them opportunities to a range of andragogic approaches and new trends to support teaching of courses including the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
It is announced for the information of the University Community and the General Public that at its Special Meeting held on Saturday, 30th July, 2016, the University Council, on the recommendation of the Appointments and Promotions Board, appointed the following Senior Members as Provosts for a 3-year term each with effect from 1st August, 2016:
The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Busumuru Kofi Annan has called on university leaders to ensure that higher education helps foster a better understanding of the benefits and responsibilities of democracy in their respective countries.
He underscored the crucial role of higher education in promoting democracy through peace and security, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law.
STATEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW VICE-CHANCELLOR FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
It is announced for the information of the university community and the general public that at its special meeting held on Saturday, 30th July, 2016, the University Council appointed Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, current Provost of the College of Education Studies as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole has underscored the University of Cape Coast’s commitment to maintain its symbiotic relationship with the Colleges of Education.
Prof. Kuupole noted that with the upgrade of Colleges of Education (CoE) to tertiary status, UCC has the responsibility to offer the best form of mentorship to the 43 Colleges that have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University.
The Vice-Chancellor made these remarks when he addressed management and staff of some Colleges in the Central, Eastern and Ashanti Regions as part of his nationwide tour to Colleges of Education affiliated to the University of Cape Coast.
The University of Cape Coast has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 38 Colleges of Education (CoE) in the country.
The MoU and Affiliation agreement affirm the transition of the CoE to tertiary status in accordance with the Colleges of Education Act 2012, Act 847, which require each College to be affiliated to a University of Education. with the signing of these two documents, UCC would mentor them to carry out their mandate of training competent teachers for the basic schools. The Act also provides that the development of academic policies, regulation of courses, development of academic standards, the conduct of examinations and award of diplomas should be undertaken in consultation with an affiliated institution
The “Youth Enrichment through Sports” YES Ghana has donated sports equipment to selected basic schools in the Cape Coast metropolis.
The schools were the University of Cape Coast Primary School, Bakatsir Methodist Junior High School, OLA Presbyterian Basic School, University Practice Senior High School and Apewosika M/A Basic School.
The Counseling Centre of the University has organised its maiden Counselling Awareness Week under the theme “Counselling: An Effective Tool for Promoting the Academic, Career and Socio-Personal Development of Students”.
Opening the week-long programme, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole, said despite the fact that counselling played a critical role in the lives of students, only a few seek professional assistance when they experience problems. “Students shy away from counselling due to the fear of stigmatization”. He recommended intense public education as a means of reducing stigma and limited knowledge associated with seeking counselling.
Six students namely; Paul Anabil Bukari, Noble Senyo Atsu, Georgina Cate Foli, Francis Justice Kwesi Agbofa, Ernest Boateng Amankwah and Eric Fei Antwi who enrolled on the M.Phil Administration in Higher Education, M.Phil Educational Administration and M.Phil Educational Planning programmes, successful went through their viva voce on 21st January, 2016 at the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration of the College of Education Studies.
A four-member delegation from the Grand Valley State University, United States of America has paid a courtesy call on the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro in his office.
The delegation, which was led by Anne L. Hiskes, includes Mark Schaub, Rachel Siglow and Cindy Hiskes.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Anne Hiskes said it was interesting for them to be visiting Ghana and indicated that they were here to learn about the philosophy of higher education and new programmes of the university.
There has been student exchange between UCC and GVSU for a number of years since the two institutions entered into collaboration.