OIA Engages the University Community amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office for Institutional Advancement (OIA), University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has been remarkable in engaging the University community and in promoting education-related online activities on the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic which has led to the temporal shutdown of universities in Ghana.

Since the closure of universities as announced by the President of the Republic and following a directive by the Ministry of Education (MoE) through the National Council For Tertiary Education (NCTE) to Higher Education Institutions to roll out all academic activities online, the OIA has brought on board through its webinar series, seasoned academics and professionals to shed light on various perspectives of the COVID-19 pandemic revealing its impact on health, academic activities as well as general work at the University.

The webinar series has sought to, among other things, provide information virtually, strengthen bonds with students, staff and other key stakeholders who are now in various locations due to the shutdown of universities, and to offer immediate feedback on COVID-19 related issues through interactive question and answer forum.

The webinar series has also presented an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the capacity of UEW to explore the digital space in offering remote education sessions as well as brand the University both locally and internationally.

Topics treated so far include “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications on Health and Academic Activities at UEW”; “COVID-19 and UEW-LMS: Time with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor”; “Guidelines for Conducting Assessments on UEW-LMS”; “COVID-19: Implications on Distance Education and Affiliated Colleges of Education Students at UEW”; and “COVID-19: Managing Related Psychosocial Distress”.

All five webinars, moderated by the Ag. Director, OIA, Dr. Mavis Amo-Mensah, have seen seasoned facilitators such as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang; Dean, Faculty of Business Education, Prof. Isaac Boateng; Director, IDeL, Prof. Francis Owusu-Mensah; Director, ITECPD, Prof. Dominic K. D. Mensah; Dean, FFLEC, Dr. Christiana Hammond; Director, Health Services, Dr. (Mrs.) Beth Offei-Awuku; Director, ICT Services, Dr. Ephrem Kwaa-Aidoo; Graduate Coordinator, Department of Psychology and Education, Dr. Richardson Addai-Mununkum; Head, Student Records Office, Mr. Raymond Bentum Boison, Psychologist/Coordinator Guidance and Counselling Unit, COLTEK-UEW, Mr. Ficus Gyasi; and Physician/Clinical Psychologist 37 Mil. Hosp./President Ghana Psychological Association, Dr. Erica Danfrekua Dickson.

According to the Alumni Relations Officer and Assistant Registrar, OIA, Mr. Frank Amoako Arthur the webinar series, has come to stay. He assured the University community of subsequent webinars focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Initially, we planned for six but due to the exigencies of the situation, new topics had come up and we have incorporated them to the list that we had already prepared. As we said, it is a constant and continuous engagement with our stakeholders so it is going to continue until the end of the pandemic and even after the pandemic, we wish it becomes a perpetual programme of our strategic measures going forward,” he affirmed.