Leaders of the Alumni Association of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) have hit the road running soon after the handing over ceremony which occurred on July 19, 2022
Their priority is establishing the most suitable foundations for the Association to thrive and support the development of the University. In that regard, the leaders have started visiting universities where Alumni Associations are already flourishing to understudy them.
On August 2, 2022, they visited the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where they gathered firsthand information regarding the operations and structure of the Association there.
Specifically, they got enlightened on the administrative structure of the KNUST Association, status and strata of membership, the relationship between the University Administration and the Alumni Executives, membership dues payments, membership mobilization and organization, and various activities undertaken by the Alumni in KNUST.
The President of the AAMUSTED Alumni, Dr. Kwame Ansong-Gyimah, said after the meeting that the knowledge gained would inform them about the direction to take the AAMUSTED Alumni Association.
He said the executives were considering proposing to members to amend some aspects of the Constitution of the Association, among others, to create room for the University Administration to be involved in its operations. “We learned that the KNUST Alumni has become very strong because the University Administration is deeply involved in coordinating alumni activities,” he observed, suggesting that modeling the AAMUSTED association activities like that would expedite its growth.
For instance, he said KNUST had established the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office (AARO) under the University Relations and is headed by a Senior Assistant Registrar responsible for all Alumni issues from the departmental, faculty, College, and university levels.
‘As leaders of the AAMUSTED Alumni Association, we are devoted to how to make the Association strong,’ he said, adding that may encompass exploring ways to integrate the AAMUSTED Alumni association activities into the main University administrative structures and programmes. Again he said they would be developing a database to bring all members on board using software and review the membership part of the Constitution to give equal voluntary membership status to all members, among others.
The AAMUSTED Alumni Executives who visited the KNUST were the President, Dr. Kwame Ansong-Gyimah; Vice President, Mrs. Millicent Pimpong; Financial Secretary, Mr. Malik Amaga Hamidu; Orgainising Secretary, Mr Ebenezer Kofi Peprah, and the Association Secretary, Mr. George Ackom. They were received by the Head of the AARO, Mr. James Kwasi Oberko.