The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at Arizona State University (ASU) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) 3+1+1 International Accelerated Degree Programme (IADP) which started with four (4) academic programmes; Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering has now been increased to seven (7) programmes, namely; Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Engineering, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics (BIT) and Business Finance.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson, revealed this at the 2019 Faculty Development Symposium (FDS) which was co-hosted by Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at Arizona State University (ASU), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Ashesi University under the theme: ‘Team-Based Knowledge Management and Research Collaboration’.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor of KNUST in her opening remarks said the 3+1+1 IADP is a partnership program; which selects brilliant but financially disadvantaged third year (3) students from KNUST to complete their final year studies in Arizona State University (+1) and proceed to undertake an International Accelerated Master’s Degree (+1) if successful in their undergraduate studies.
The program, she said, is designed to create opportunities for graduate studies and institutional networking through knowledge transfer and capacity building.
She observed that over the years, research has generally been seen as the preserve of Faculty. However, in recent times, the University has taken some major steps to gradually change this and create an atmosphere geared towards teamwork, she added.
She hoped that the symposium would change mindsets to build the capacity of administrative and financial staff to have enhanced appreciation of research, research collaboration and research management.
The Provost of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CoHSS), Professor Imoro Braimah on professional development seminar for administrators believed that, administrators who are the implementers and policy makers of the University should lead the efforts in creating knowledge about institutional practices and procedures. Thus, the knowledge created would be fed into the policy and decision-making process, he added.
According to Professor Braimah, the role in research helps to scientifically and objectively assess practices, procedures, rules and regulations; provide management with the best guide to decision making; improve transparency in management; and provides the opportunity for evaluation and repositioning.
The Faculty Development Symposium is a ‘three phased-program’; the first part taken place in Arizona; the second organised by KNUST and the last phase to be hosted by Ashesi University.
The Symposium which drew Registrars, Lecturers and Administrators from the Ashesi University, ASU and KNUST treated topics on decolonization of thought, team-based approach, approach to research and research collaboration for institutional advancement.