A statement issued by the Management of the NCTE and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday said the latest workshop, the second in the series of the SALT Phase Two training sessions, was held at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) from February 18 – 20.

The statement noted that the workshop was attended by about 30 delegates comprising Council Members from GIMPA and Wisconsin International University College.

It said the key objectives of the workshop were to equip the Council Members with the tools and skills to enable them better understand and interpret institutional accounts and audits; train Council Members in terms of their legal, administrative, oversight, fiduciary, strategic and generative roles and responsibilities; and to take Council Members through a self-review exercise to enable them to evaluate their performance.

It noted that the workshop was chaired by Professor S. N. Woode, former Chairman of the Public Services Commission.

According to the statement, the workshop was facilitated by Prof C.N.B. Tagoe, Chairman of the NCTE, Dr Paul Effah, the Project Director of the SALT programme and former Executive Secretary of the NCTE; Prof H.J.A.N Mensa Bonsu, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana; Mrs Elizabeth Obese, the Director of Finance, University of Cape Coast; and Mr G. F. Daniel, former Registrar, University of Ghana.

It said the participants were taken through topics such as Effective University Governance; Criteria for the Appointment of Council Members; and Financial and Budgetary Responsibilities of Council.
The statement said it was expected that by the end of the SALT, Phase Two programme on December 31, 2016, about 300 University Council Members and 210 Heads of Department from both public and private universities would be trained and oriented on their roles and responsibilities.

It pointed out that among the major long-term outcomes that SALT Phase Two plans to achieve were: Council members would have acquired the knowledge and skills to enable them to understand and to better prepare them for their roles and responsibilities and Heads of Departments would have sharpened their knowledge and skills for the effective and efficient management of their respective departments.

The rest were a pool of Senior Academic Leaders (SALs) would have been created to fill positions within the public and private tertiary education sectors in Ghana and to some extent in Nigeria.

The NCTE was established by NCTE Act 1993, (Act 454) to oversee the proper administration of institutions designated as institutions of tertiary education in Ghana and to advise the Minister of Education on the development of the institutions.

The NCTE was committed to providing leadership in tertiary education by advising government and all relevant institutions to enhance access, quality, equity, relevance and governance.

Source: GNA

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