A three-day capacity-building workshop on “Navigating Women’s Careers in Higher Education” has been held in the Eastern Regional capital Koforidua for women in academia.
The programme which was being organised by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service was aimed at equipping women in academia with knowledge based skills to improve their careers and also positively influence teaching and research in their institutions.
The program was attended by women professor’s, doctors, lecturers in government and private institutions including the technical universities.
Lyna laima, the Director of DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Information centre in Accra in an interview with Citi News said the knowledge shared will positively influence the work of the participants.
” We decided to bring women in academia in Ghana and other West African countries to network and get the opportunity to exchange knowledge and also equip them with some additional skills which will aid them in their career to improve teaching and research in their institutions. The idea behind is that, through a program called Dialogue for Innovative High Education is one of the strategies the DAAD is running to foster and improve high education management in countries of the global south and we know if we leave our women in development it will not help us to achieve our targets. We want to map out a way forward for women in academia to have a strategy to make a change for the better and are included in all aspects of development.”
The Vice-Chancellor of the Koforidua Technical University, Professor Mrs Smile Dzisi called on women in academia to come together.
“We need to come together as women in leadership positions to plan, put together measures to achieve our aims visions and objectives.
This three-day workshop has come at the right time and we are very happy that DAAD is finding it for us, we will come out with strategies to make sure we increase female enrollment in science and technology and faculties”.
” Those females in the universities are lectures and others also end up at senior lecturer levels and we are worried about this and want to know what is preventing them from publishing to become professors. So the female experienced professors here will share experiences with the younger lecturers to encourage them also come up”.