Pentecost University held a three-day residential retreat for its management and heads of units. This included deans of various faculties as well as heads of departments. It came off between Wednesday 29th and Friday 1st October 2021 at their School of Theology, Mission, and Leadership campus at the Pentecost Convention Centre in Gomoa Fetteh.
The purpose of the retreat was to enhance the capacity of the participating staff to reach out to the goals of their University A+ agenda. It included scholarly presentations, practical demonstrations, workshops and some spiritual exercises.
At the welcome ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua spoke on the theme: “Make your inclusion cause an increase.” He referenced Acts 6:5-7 of the Bible on how the appointment of Stephen and co helped to solve the problem of feeding widows and subsequently how the author reports of the spread of the word of God, rapid increase in the number of disciples and the ultimate conversion of some priest. He encouraged the Heads to make their inclusion bring increase in student numbers, resources, spirituality, and outstanding intellectuals.
The retreat delved into diverse issues about the University A+ agenda, restructuring and re-organization, financial issues, students and staff welfare, infrastructure among others.
Addressing management on the University A+ agenda, the VC said Pentecost University is going to be research-led. He said, “in this phase, PU is leaning towards a research-led university.” He used models such as the ‘Bloom’s Taxonomy’ to explain the different phases of learning and their intellectual outcome in societies, and justified why the research-led approach to teaching and learning was appropriate for PU and Ghana. He said this approach to learning will be driven by the setting up of research centres and institutes in the University. He added that “apart from the many benefits of the research-led approach, it also sets us apart from other universities in Africa many of which are teaching-led.”
Addressing participants on restructuring, the Registrar of the University, Mr. Foster K. Amoani informed staff about alignments, change of names, mergers and separation of units, reporting lines, reassignment of staff and other changes that have occurred to enable the implementation of the University A+ agenda. He therefore called for enhanced commitment and asked staff to provide feedback as the restructuring takes effect from October 1, 2021.
On his part, the Ag. Human Resource Manager, Mr. Nathaniel Nani who addressed participants on recruitments and promotions said the university is going to recruit a lot in the coming years. This he said is due to the expansion of existing units and faculties as well as the introduction of research centres and other faculties. He also assured that his unit will use robust recruitment processes that will boost the university’s brand to potential job applicants as well as attract the best caliber of staff.
On the last day of the retreat, the university’s white paper which contains all appointments, internal transfers and promotions for the ensuing academic year was read out. This included the announcement of the new Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aps. Dr. Emmanuel Anim; Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Aps. Dr. Christian Tsekpoe, among others.