The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako has shared his vision with members of the University at a meeting held on the 3rd February 2021 at the University auditorium. The meeting which was well attended by staff allowed the Vice-Chancellor to explain his projected plans towards the development of the University as well as seek for their opinions on the management of the University.
In a presentation, Prof. Asare-Bediako acknowledged his predecessors, staff and the University community at large for their efforts in building UENR since its establishment. He assured members of his contribution in making the University become a green-eyed academic institution in Ghana and beyond. He emphasized that his vision is to be a shared vision resulting in shared success with all stakeholders of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor embedded in his vision statement the vision of the University which is “To train the next generation of experts and provide cutting-edge research to support Ghana and Africa’s development on energy and natural resources” and its mission is “To promote the development of human resources and skills required to solve critical energy and natural resources challenges of society and undertake interdisciplinary academic research and outreach programmes in engineering, science, economics and environmental policy.” Prof. Asare Bediako in that regard shared his vision statement saying,
I envision the University of Energy and Natural Resources
to be an institution that is strongly positioned, nationally
and internationally by focusing on entrepreneurial
and information communication and technology in
teaching, learning, research and management.
Prof. Asare-Bediako further indicated that the University is faced with several challenges which hinder its progress. Notably, among these challenges, he said includes inadequate academic facilities, inadequate funding from government, low national and international visibility, low research and publication output, no proper land acquisition process and the increasing encroachment of University land among others. He said it has become necessary for various strategies to be developed to solve these problems.
A cross section of staff
In achieving the enshrined vision, Prof. Asare-Bediako outlined six (6) various strategic thrusts that would help achieve his vision. Among them are:
- Increase income generation and enhancement of efficient and prudent management of resources to achieve financial sustainability.
- Improvement and expansion of Information Communication Technology (ICT) facilities for teaching, learning, research and administrative functions.
- Increase in a research capacity for enhanced visibility and internationalization.
- Increase in the number and improvement of the quality of undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.
- Development of a comprehensive Human Resource policy to improve staff performance.
- Putting in place a landscape development policy and operationalization of the land use plan for the various campuses of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor called on all staff to support him to make his plans for the University a reality. After his speech, members were allowed to make various contributions to make the mission and vision of the University a shared responsibility.