The Vice-Chancellor of (UENR), Professor Harrison Dapaah has urged staff of UENR to help make the University an internationally recognized tertiary institution in the country. He said bridging the gap between the University and its intended destination would be made possible through teamwork. The Vice-Chancellor made this call when he presented a comprehensive report covering highlights of activities for the 2016/17 and 2017/2018 academic years, to UENR convocation.
Prof. Dapaah said his vision was to Provide strategic participative (consultative and collaborative) leadership to sustain and improve on the achievements made so far in transforming the University into an internationally recognized institution for energy and natural resource sciences. He said, his vision was anchored in the core values of pursuing team work, continuity, effective delegation and maintenance of harmonious human and industrial relations with priority areas in Human resource development, infrastructure, academic excellence in teaching and research, resources mobilization and prudent utilization.
The Vice-Chancellor explained that, the provision of opportunities for staff development, improvement of infrastructure and environmental quality, promotion of academic excellence in teaching and learning were the strategies to be used to achieve his vision. He added that in pursuing these strategies, he would be guided by the Act establishing the University (UENR Act, 2011(act830)), University Statutes, Strategic Plan (2016-2026) and other policy documents of University, Government and Regulators.
Speaking on the Academic Affairs, Prof. Dapaah said the University has made some modest growth in the academic programmes. He said UENR now runs 17 Academic Departments which offer various diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He announced that plans were far advanced to have on board the School of Mining and Construction sited at Kenyasi No. 2 and School of Medical Sciences in Sunyani for next academic year.
Prof. Harrison Dapaah assured that, the University was committed to pursuing and supporting continuous staff training and development in all identified skills gap areas, especially faculties without PhDs and other staff seeking further studies as well as organizing staff orientation and training programmes for various categories. He added that management has made great efforts to improve on academic staff quality and competences by supporting staff to attend international conferences and provision of study leave for higher studies. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated that the physical infrastructure of the University has improved even though some facilities under construction has come to a halt due to lack of funding. However, he was optimistic that the University would excel in the realization of its Mission and Vision.