Ten newly appointed staff have been inducted at a short ceremony into the Faculty of Business Studies of Takoradi Technical University. They include one Lecturer, seven Assistant Lecturers, one Junior Assistant Registrar and a professor on sabbatical leave from a South African university. Dean of Faculty of Business Studies, Professor Solomon Abekah Keelson, while welcoming the new staff urged them to bring new ideas to help the faculty and do well to embrace the sub-culture of the faculty to be more successful at their work.
“We expect that you contribute your quota to the development of the Faculty, so bring new ideas for us to progress as a faculty to occupy our rightful place in the University...The school has its own culture and the faculty has its own sub-culture which is the pursuance of our collective interest. We want to work as a team to support each other. Once we agree on how to do things here, that’s how we will go about it and not how you want to do things. This is to avoid conflicts at the Faculty”, he said.
Professor Keelson in his advise to the new staff on acceptable conduct at the faculty emphasized the need for them to master the code of conduct at the University.
“If you want to grow fast in the university, take time to read the Technical University Act and the Scheme of Service. This would also guide you to avoid troubles...Our communication channels must be respected in case of concerns. If a student misbehave in a class, report through the right channels for redress and not to abandon the class but still decide to take your salaries despite not teaching”, he added.
He however hinted of ongoing discussions to soon introduce professional Programmes like marketing through the Charted Institute of Marketing and therefore challenged the new staff to seek all opportunities to upgrade.
“Most of our lecturers are on their PHD programme so we are hoping that in the next 2-3 years, we will expect you to upgrade in case you don’t have.“, he said.
Other senior officials at the Faculty cautioned the newly inducted staff against illicit relationships with students, sale of lecture notes, leaking of examination questions but rather embrace research for publication and collaborate with colleagues. The new staff were however urged to accommodate the current challenge with office space as they are been worked on, but temporary share with others where possible.
On her part, the Head of Accountancy Department, Mrs. Abigail Padi called on them to rise above negativity.
“Make yourself approachable and be friendly with all. More importantly, stay positive at all times in the face of challenges and also open up to available opportunities”, she said.
The newly inducted staff who have already hit the road running, while appreciative of the welcome also called for a look into the issues of clashes of lectures at same lecture halls and poor sanitation at some lecture halls.
The Faculty of Business Studies of the Takoradi Technical University currently has over 5,000 students for the five departments, two Professors, five PHD holders, 25 senior lecturers and 21 assistant lecturers.