Successful Governance of Universities: The key relationship between the University Council and the Executive Leaders of the University
In order to ensure sustainable excellence all organizations need to function effectively and efficiently on three interrelated levels.
These include the normative, strategic and operational levels with sufficient feedback mechanisms in and between these interrelated levels. At the same time, it should also be recognized that different set of actors function at different levels in the University. In this context, the normative domain will see a strong presence of the University Council as well as of other key actors from both the public and private sectors; the strategic domain of both the Council and senior university executives; and, the operational levels, mainly dominated by senior and middle level managers as well as of other university employees.
However, in today’s society the levels and actors as eluded to above, are interrelated and at best tentative and under duress. Gone are the days of strict hierarchical and narrow organizations. With the drive towards flat organizations with multiple as well as multidirectional relationships, governance is coming under pressure with a diluting of the role boundaries between the roles of the chairperson and members of the University Council, that of the Vice Chancellor and senior university executives and that of middle level managers and employees. This can lead to a myriad of complex and perhaps unnecessary levels of role and perhaps personal conflict – eventually to the detriment of the particular institution.
It is against this background that University leaders should reflect on the roles of the key university bodies and persona at the University – more specifically on the roles of the Chairperson of Council, the Vice Chancellor and other senior university executives and how best to, from a sound governance perspective, structure the dynamic interrelationship 2 between the key actors at the normative, strategic and operational levels in individual universities.
It is for this reason that I would like to extend an invitation to Chairpersons of University Councils, Vice Chancellors/University Presidents as well as to key Senior Executive University Managers (including Registrars), to join us for a workshop where these, and other related topics, will be the focus of our discussions and joint deliberations on how this complex and important matter should be handled.
Do not miss this wonderful opportunity! Diarize the date as ‘must attend’ opportunity. The workshop fee is set at US $800 per participant, which includes the cost of materials, lunches and refreshments on the meeting days. The AAU is willing to provide a discounted fee to institutions which registers more than 1 individual per Institution.
Due to the participative nature of the workshop, participation will be limited to a maximum of 50 participants.
Please complete an online application form.
I am looking forward to your participation in this extremely important workshop.
With kind AAU regards
Prof E Ehile
14 – 16 December 2015
(Arrival – Sunday, 13th December / Departure, Thursday morning, 17th December, 2015).
MJ GRAND HOTEL, EAST LEGON, ACCRA
Filled registration forms (Attached) should be returned to email@example.com cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration fees can be paid into the AAU account number indicated on the registration forms and proof of transfer forwarded to the same address.
Accommodation has been negotiated at the MJ Grand Hotel as follows:
USD $100.00 Bed & Breakfast
For reservations, kindly contact:
Mr. Annas Ali Toure
Tel: Tel: +233 277516181
All visa enquiries should be sent to MRS. YVETTE QUASHIE
The hotel will pick all Participants who require airport shuttle for free. Kindly send your flight details (Airline, Date and Time of Arrival and Departure) to Ali Toure email@example.com and copy Mrs. Yvette Quashie firstname.lastname@example.org