The workshop was organized by Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril, Vice President, Academic Affairs, and is scheduled to take place in two parts, for the first three (3) days starting Saturday, May 15th, 2021 to Monday, May 17th, 2021 the training will focus on Students’ Research Supervision and thereafter for the last two (2) days starting Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 and ending Thursday, May 20th, 2021 the training will then focus on Examinations Setting. The main objective of the workshop is to train members of the academic division including deans of faculties, associate deans, research assistants and directors of various academic central offices on essentials of supervising students in data analysis and in addition acquaint all participants with the general principles and practices of examinations setting. The seminar is intended for participants to share their experiences, knowledge and skills in supervising students' research and setting examinations. Overall, the seminar will provide an overview of the major approaches and methodologies that supervisors can adopt when guiding students in data analysis in theses and research projects development. The facilitators for the training include Dr. Oso Willis Yuko – Senior Advisor to VPAA & Secretary to Management, AU, Mukhtar Ahmed Omar - Director, Quality Assurance Office, AU and Tawakal Abdi Ali, – Head of Examinations Department, AU.
In total there were 39 participants who attended the opening session including Suleima Hassan Ali, Chief Academic Registrar, various deans of faculties from the main campus including Freshman Department and Faculty of Sharia and Law, Faculty members from Amoud College of Health Sciences (ACHS) and Faculty members from Amoud University School of Postgraduate Studies and Research (AUSPGSR). In addition there were various staff drawn from Central Examinations Office, and research assistants of Amoud University.
The moderator for the event was Hassan Abdirahman Elmi, Director, Protocol and University Events, Amoud university. He started off by inviting Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril, who addressed participants by first appreciating the fifteen (15) schools, faculties and academic units that had been well represented in the seminar. He divulged details about the modalities of the seminar. Furthermore he invited all members to walk with the academic division in the journey to improve quality and standards of Amoud University Academic Excellence, explaining the intricate relationship of all these initiatives including seminars and workshops in achieving short term, medium term and long term objectives of the university which eventually tie up and lead to fulfillment of mission and overall vision of Amoud university. He emphasized the fact that it is through successful implementation of organizational policies as tools that visions and missions are achieved, and as such, academic policy, staff policy, research policy, and all other Amoud University policies were of monumental significance. Moreover, he said, the deans of faculties, faculty administrators, directors of various academic and supporting units and lecturers who pass them down to all students were all responsible for successful implementation thus realizing overall long term objectives of the organization are accomplished. He then invited Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid who officially opened the five (5) Day Seminar.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid commended the Academic Division of Amoud University under the steady stewardship of Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril for the excellent work that had been done in reorganizing how things are done at Amoud University including organization of such seminars. Internal rules and regulations dictate policy of the university and the impact of these are only measured through a qualitative angle on the graduates produced year after year. By looking at staff, you could tell what the quality of a university was all about, he said. The university performs well only if all members of the university move in tandem, "if we move together, we are likely to achieve more", he opined. Going even further he stressed importance of having short term, medium term and long term goals, not only as individuals, but also implementing them as a team.
There were a few things in life that do not change like religious beliefs or some sciences like in mathematics since the result of four multiplied by four is always going to be sixteen. However, some "truths" in certain fields have undergone mutations for example previously teachers were believed to born and not made; but most recently this had been disputed and currently the opposite was offered as the "truth", as teachers were not only expected to be qualified (in subject matter) but had to be trained (they have to be taught how to teach their subject), and therefore they were no longer just born as before! In this regard, he therefore emphasized that the training was meant for all staff irrespective of their fields of specialization as it was meant to teach other professionals the art and science of the teaching profession. Teaching, he said, is a profession with its own rules, principles, philosophy and psychology. These are anchored on three main elements including planning and preparation, class room delivery and assessment of students.
"We professionally grow only and only when we do well" and "by definition education is what happens from the time one is born until one's death". Attitude change was there a necessary recipe for growth. Moreover, no matter how well you do something today, there would always be a better way of doing things tomorrow. He therefore rallied all staff to embrace change, learn to adapt to new ways of doing things and be part of changes that would bring higher standards to Amoud University.
In conclusion of his speech, Prof. Suleiman appreciated and recognized the role played by Dr. Oso Willis Yuko at Amoud University since his arrival at Amoud University. In his speech he freely admitted that Dr. Oso had been very instrumental in expanding the scope of Amoud University. In particular he had been very instrumental in contributing to Amoud University growth and development from a semi-stagnant institution to a very versatile academic institution which was rearing to go in all facets on university core mandates including teaching and learning, engagement in innovative research and community service.
With these remarks, he declared the seminar open.