Alumni of Takoradi Technical University have been challenged to embrace its role as a strategic partner in the achievement of TTU’s strategic plan for the next five years. The Vice Chancellor, Rev. Professor John Frank Eshun, gave the challenge when he led a delegation of TTU Management to brief the Accra Chapter of the TTU Alumni on the recently launched TTU 5-Year Strategic Plan. He said the Alumni is a key partner that can spearhead the agenda of the university.
“The essence of meeting as alumni is not only to be able to meet and fraternize with old mates but to familiarize yourselves with the developmental agenda of your alma mater...As alumni who truly love and faithfully support this great institution, I know you share our pride in what we are doing for your alma mater and where we intend to go. We have steadily been building our capacity to create a truly great and most preferred Technical University in Ghana. In my opinion, greatness of every educational institution hinges on wonderful students enjoying tremendous student experience, a supportive campus learning environment and substantial financial resources”, he said.
Professor Eshun said the University Management and Council in line with the aforementioned reasons recently launched its 5-year Strategic Plan to guide its steps moving into the future but require the support of the old students.
“The Strategic Plan recognizes your[Alumni] role as an important stakeholder and partner of the institution. The Strategic Plan requires that the University builds and maintains strong and vibrant alumni through;
i. Making students aware of the alumni association
ii. Providing avenues for interactions and support to both continuing and graduated students.
iii. Increasing the participation of graduates in alumni activities
iv. Strengthening alumni chapters
v. Organizing Biennial Alumni Fundraising Dinner, Cocktail and Awards Night for Distinguished Alumni in industry and Society.”, he added.
The Vice Chancellor added that such partnership with the Alumni will ensure a win-win for the university, students, society and the alumni.
“With these strategies in place, I pledge to ensure that Takoradi Technical University will have a selfless and developmental oriented alumni association like any other institution. As we transfer knowledge and innovation through research, we will touch on the minds and dreams as well as the character of our students to be relevant to the world beyond our campus and the communities we engage locally and the world at large. I believe this would inspire our students and motivate them to join the alumni association and duly pay back the University in full measure“, he noted.
While commending the TTU Alumni for its donation of computers to the University, Professor John Frank Eshun also appealed to the Alumni to factor in its projects construction of hostel to help accommodate the current student’s population of over 16,000.
Registrar of Takoradi Technical University, Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory in a presentation said the Alumni is crucial to the development objectives of the 2021 to 2025 TTU Strategic Plan which involves raising of over 250 million Ghana Cedis.
“The institutional development objectives is develop an appropriate corporate image of the University through re-branding, to improve our organizational structure, develop total quality management systems, facilitate the development of relevant academic programmes and quality teaching and more importantly, build and maintain a strong and vibrant Alumni”, he said.
President of the Accra Chapter of TTU Alumni, Reverend Canon Patrick Okaijah-Bortier in his appreciation to the Vice Chancellor and his entourage to grace the chapter’s annual meeting recounted the benefits gained from TTU and also pledged their support.
“We are privileged to have the Vice Chancellor here with us as a Chapter. TTU is very dear to us because it formed us. At our formative stage, we were given the opportunity to bring out the things that are in us. We didn’t just receive education but we were natured into better human beings that led us into whatever professions we find ourselves in. We thank God for this institution’s existence which is still benefiting others and therefore it is a privilege and we appreciate as old students the opportunity to interact with the leadership of TTU on the way forward for the institution to achieve more successes. We also want to know how best Old students can fit into the vision of the university“, he said.
An open forum section enabled both the old students and management to share ideas how best the two can collaborate for the attainment of the vision of the 5-year strategic plan.
Takoradi Technical University has embarked on a tracer studies to know how well alumni are doing and whether they are making impact on the society through what they studied as well as how well Alumni are supporting themselves with opportunities.