Wallaga University successfully delivered a Three Days training on Strategic Management and Leadership

Wallaga University successfully  1Wallaga University’s Assessment, Training and Development, Quality and Standards and Reform and Good Governance Directorate offices have successfully conducted a Three-day training and refreshment workshop (28/11-01/12/2022) on a topic entitled: Strategic Management, Leadership, Reform Tools, Quality Assurance and Digital Literacy”, to its middle and lower-level management members. As part of the transformation into the University of Applied Sciences (UASs), the training was aimed at helping the University’s management members to become strategic leaders to help as a vehicle for the realization of the ten-year strategic goal; the university is aimed to achieve full-fledged UASs by 2032. Hence, the training and other related interventions were conceived as powerful tools for the realization of the strategic goal.

Wallaga University successfully  2Strategic management and leadership have been conceived by the university’s top management as important topics during the transition. Such issues as components and steps in strategic management and the importance of SWOT analysis as well as the types of leadership and their pros and cons were addressed on the first day of the training. In addition, His Excellency, Dr Hasan Yusuf, president of the university also delivered an informative training on six-dimensional leadership checklist to be used as one of the tools to evaluate leadership performance in the future.

Wallaga University successfully  3As a component of the training, refreshment about reform tools was given for half a day with the intent of revitalizing the already introduced and functional reform tools. The newly formulated vision, mission, core values and strategic themes of the university as a UASs, citizen charter, business process re-engineering (BPR) and balanced score card (BSC) were the main themes of the particular topic.

The university has established a committee to develop a three years plan to be used as a preparation phase. Hence, new vision, mission and core values and strategic themes were formulated, and discussions have been held with different internal stakeholders to enrich the document.

A working manual for citizen charter was developed, validated and approved by the Civil Services Commission four years back, and main points from the manual were used as a refresher. The conditions by the university and requirements from the customers were emphasized during the training, with due emphasis on the right of customers to seek a quality service.

As the university is undergoing transformation, the concept of BPR is given due emphasis to guide our move into the realization of the strategic goals. The need for change, the essence and steps in re-engineering were specifically addressed. The training also pinpoints the role of BSC in focusing on the mission and strategic goals. Finally, the four perspectives of the BSC were highlighted with examples to help the participants focused when cascading the university’s strategic plan.

On the third day of the training, quality assurance and digital literacy were addressed. An experienced trainer from the former Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) and the current Education and Training Authority (ETA), Mr. Tafere delivered a virtual training emphasizing concepts of quality, quality assurance, quality control, total quality management (TQM), internal and external quality assurance, and accreditation. On the same day, basics of digital literacy were addressed by the university’s ICT director, Mr Belachew Abdissa.

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