Accra Polytechnic has launched a six-year strategic plan aimed at transforming the institution into a modern research and educational institute that places premium on creativity and innovation.
The strategic plan spells out 10 thematic areas the institution would focus on from 2013 to 2018, in its vision to become the premier polytechnic in the country.
Speaking at the launch in Accra yesterday, the Rector of Accra Polytechnic, Prof. Sylvester Achio, said the thematic areas were academic; research, innovation and publication; community and extension services; linkages and collaborations; human resource development; administration; institutional governance; revenue generation; infrastructural development; and financial management.
The strategic planning process was initiated by the governing council of the polytechnic, with the inputs of the academic board, management and other stakeholders.
This was in response to the changing trends in the global educational sector and to satisfy the requirement for the implementation of a performance contract that the polytechnic signed with the Ministry of Education.
According to Prof. Achio, the signing of performance contract between Accra Poly and Ministry of Education in 2012 had precipitated the review and adoption of the draft strategic plan.
'The successful implementation of the plan would transform and sustain Accra Polytechnic as the premier institution. This would be attained through the strengthening of inter-faculty collaborations, as well as maintaining closer relationships with prominent institutions and industry, attracting the best students, delivering the best teaching and non-teaching services,' he said.
In a speech read on her behalf, the Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, expressed optimism that the strategic plan would enhance and transform the image of the institution.
'The plan gives you an opportunity to reflect, to recognise and to assess your achievements. More importantly, it compels you to anticipate what is to come and to adequately plan in order to deal with the changes that are bound to come,' she said.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said since Accra Polytechnic had been selected to be part of a pilot programme to execute a performance contract, it was imperative for the governing council and authorities of the school to put in place measures to enhance its image.
For his part, a Minister of State in charge of Public Sector Reform, Mr Alhassan Azong, said the 2012-13 performance contract was made possible through the intervention of the French government's support to the public sector reform activities in Ghana.
By Dominic Moses Awiah/Daily Graphic/Ghana