A high powered Delegation from the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), led by the Chairman of the Governing Board, Prof. Kwame Boafo-Arthur has paid a familiarization visit to CKT-UTAS in Navrongo.
The Team held separate meetings with Management, Deans and Directors, Heads of Department and Section, as well as a cross-section of non-teaching Senior members, Senior and Junior staffs on Friday 9th September, 2022.
Professor Eric Magnus Wilmot, Vice-Chancellor of C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences welcomed the Delegation to Campus and assured them of Management’s cooperation to make their visit a fruitful one.
In a presentation themed “Current State of Affairs of CKT-UTAS” Professor Wilmot highlighted major policy initiatives by Management, events and activities undertaken since 2020, and challenges confronting Management in the running of the University.
According to him, Management, with the approval of the Governing Council and Academic Board had undertaken a restructuring exercise culminating in the establishment and re-designation of eleven schools and the rolling out of numerous programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. This represents a significant improvement in the number of schools and programmes since the conversion of the then UDS Navrongo Campus into a full-fledged University (CKT-UTAS).
The Vice-Chancellor also stated that the grading system had been reviewed and a 70/30 scheme (70% for continuous assessment and 30% for examination) has been rolled out, to encourage continuous learning. He touted the gains made in Information Communication Technology, noting that the registration of a cktutas.edu.gh domain, purchase of a dedicated Host Server, deployment and management of social media handles (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube), and subscription to google G-suite among others were major strides.
With respect to infrastructural facilities, Professor Wilmot observed that there existed 19 lecture theatres with a seating capacity of 2,360, small laboratories and a few offices. On-going projects included the University library, laboratory complex, lecture Hall and office complex, renovation of bungalows for Management and underground water system. Major ceremonies that had taken place since the inception of the University included investiture of the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar/maiden matriculation (February, 2021), 1st Inaugural lecture (July, 2021), and 1st Graduation Ceremony (June, 2022).
In response, the Director –General of GTEC, Professor Mohammed Salifu commended University Management for making effort to position the university to deliver on its mandate in spite of teething challenges. He was enthused with the affirmation by Management to stay within the mandate spelt out in the Act establishing CKT-UTAS, since in his opinion “Each University has a specific mandate, (with the exception of the University of Ghana); diversity of mandates however, require that we work in a complimentary manner to grow and develop the human resource of the country.” Professor Salifu admonished Management to take the issues of accreditation of academic programmes seriously, as non-compliance has dire consequences.
Also present were the Deputy Director-General of GTEC, Dr. Ahmed Jinapor, Pro-Vice Chancellor of CKT-UTAS, Professor Albert Luguterah, Registrar of CKT-UTAS, Dr. V. A. Ankamah-Lomotey, Deans and Directors, Heads of Department, and Section.