UTAG inaugurates branches at IPS, GIJ (Friday April 11, 2010 pg 11)

THE seventh branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has been inaugurated at the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) at Legon with a pledge to partner stakeholders in the country’s educational system to move the country’s educational sector forward.

The membership of the association includes lecturers from the country’s public universities, namely, the University of Ghana, Legon, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, the University of Cape Coast (UCC), University of Education Winneba, the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) at Tarkwa, and the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale.

The UTAG is a non-partisan, non-profit oriented and non-political organisation formed in 1968 with the objective to promote the welfare of university teachers, promote common action among university lecturers and ensure the improvement of channels of communication and relations among the different sections of the university community, among others.

The National President of UTAG, Dr Samuel Kwesi Asiedu-Addo who inaugurated and swore in the four-member executive body of the UTAG-IPS, headed by Professor Anthony Ahiawodzi, called on stakeholders of the country’s tertiary education to support UTAG leadership to enable the association to steer its affairs towards the realisation of its common goals and objectives.

Dr Asiedu-Addo said it was important that the IPS joined the association, as it presented a powerful front in pursuing better conditions of service for its members.
In his acceptance speech, the President of UTAG-IPS, Prof. Anthony Ahiawodzi, said the executive would work in line with the constitution of UTAG and contribute its quota towards the progress of the entire association.

He said joining the association would help provide networking opportunities and also the means of supporting research activities with counterparts from other universities and contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
Prof. Joshua Alabi, the Rector of IPS, who chaired the function, promised the support of management to the lecturers.

Henrietta Brocke reports that Dr Aseidu-Addo also inaugurated the UTAG branch at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) to promote the welfare and interest of the teachers.

The UTAG-GIJ branch has Mr Collins Adu-Bempah Brobbey as President. The Vice-President is Mr Modestus Fosu; Secretary, Mr Kodwo Ansong Boateng; Treasurer, Mrs Mavis Essandoh; Vice-Treasurer, Mrs Rhodalene Amartey, with Mr Kobina Bedu-Addo as Organising Secretary.

The National President said the association constituted the single largest concentration of the country’s topmost brainpowers and noted that the core business of universities all over the world was to provide higher education and gather and impart knowledge.

Dr Aseidu-Addo urged the newly elected executive to work in unity and harmony to achieve the purpose of the establishment of UTAG.

The Rector of GIJ, Mr David Newton, said the institute had grown into a full–fledged communication training institution with the status of a university.

He said last year the institute received a presidential charter to award certificates, diplomas and degrees as spelt out by the National Accreditation Board (NAB), Act 744, 2007.

Mr Newton noted that during the year under review, the institute continued with the implementation of its corporate strategic plan which placed it in a higher position to play the role expected of it as an academic and professional institution.

The President of the UTAG-GIJ, Mr Collins Adu-Bempah Brobbey, called on the other universities to involve their branches in the organisation’s activities.

“Most often the newly promoted universities face intellectual isolation, but we hope GIJ will be included in the community of universities, nationally and internationally,” he said.

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