The College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) becomes the second tertiary institution in Ghana to be admitted to the Innovation for Vocational Education and Skills Training (INVEST-AFRICA), a research and funding organisation on the continent.
This revelation was made by the Principal of the College, Prof. (Ing.) Reynolds Okai at the launch of the Vision of the COLTEK to chart a new course in the University at the New Auditorium.
In outlining the Vision Statement, the Principal emphasised that COLTEK, as a branch of the UEW family tree, needed to have a vision to formulate a strategic plan towards the attainment of the vision of the Vice Chancellor of the University as outlined in the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.
He gave a brief history of the College when it started as Technical Training Institute in 1963, at the Kumasi Polytechnic, as one of the diploma-awarding Teacher Training Colleges in Ghana, before becoming a Campus of in UEW in 1992, and subsequently, a College in 2004.
The Principal charged the Deans of Faculty and Heads of Department to come up with Demand-Driven and Market-Driven programmes to enable the College address specific needs of industry and also lead the nation into productive ventures. He also challenged them to place greater importance on staff training to achieve departmental goals. He said the Faculties should develop a competitive spirit towards the improvement in the University’s rankings, especially by attracting international students.
Prof. Okai indicated that infrastructural development would be tackled earnestly for effective campus. He also hinted of E-learning programmes to be introduced soon, with a demonstration on a virtual learning software on equipment. He added that with virtual learning systems, practical teaching could be undertaken effectively, even without physical equipment.
He disclosed that the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) has granted the College some equipment, which would be hauled to the campus in a couple of months to support practical training at the workshops.
Prof. Okai promised to establish a responsive and proactive Administrative system by encouraging cooperation among the Management, Faculty, and students. He called on all to employ innovative and sustainable resource mobilisation to enhance efficiency.
He reiterated his zeal in rebranding the College and improving visibility as enshrined in the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan of the University to make it more attractive to prospective students, industry, and other key stakeholders in Ghana and beyond.
The Principal drew attention of the staff, who had filled the Auditorium, to some major challenges facing the College, such as; weak collaborations with other higher institutions, over reliance on students’ fees, inadequate workshop equipment and inability to attract international students, and iadequate staff. He said action have already been initiated to transform these challenges into opportunities.
He finally called on the staff of the College to buy into the vision, make the necessary contributions, and renew their commitment to make the vision a reality.
The Principal was assisted by the College Registrar, Mr. Michael Kofi Adu, who chaired the function, the Deans of Faculty; Prof. Frederick Sarfo, Dr. Joseph Mbawuni, Dr. Martin Amoah, Mr. Francis Donkor, and the Deputy Finance Officer, Mr. Alex Coffie.