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Lecturer Lydia Wirtz Speaks on TGMI's 2023 Courses

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BY CHRISTINE OUMA

The Guy Morel Institute is a well-known institution with the mission of transforming the Seychelles workforce and improving productivity and work-life balance via the develop­ment of human resources. Long and short-term courses that are geared at meeting consumer needs make up its core.

Among the programmes they offer are Human Resource, General Management, Public Administration, Office, and Re­cords Management.

Lecturer and Assistant Head of Level 3 (Diploma) Lydia Wirtz notes that all of the aforementioned courses are in high demand and were developed as a result of market research and consultations.

She asserts that when decisions are made about the introduction and con­tinuation of any courses, "our stakehold­ers are at the forefront of the process."

Lydia's responsibilities as an assistant head of department include teaching and finding the top associate lectur­ers for courses that do not yet have in-house lecturers.

She adds, "We have a pool of lecturers we can call on to teach the courses."

Three levels—Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Diploma—of the newly validated courses are available. 

The Guy Morel Institute is a well-known institution with the mission of transforming the Seychelles workforce and improving productivity and work-life balance via the develop­ment of human resources. Long and short-term courses that are geared at meeting consumer needs make up its core.

Lecturer and Assistant Head of Level 3 (Diploma) Lydia Wirtz notes that all of the aforementioned courses are in high demand and were developed as a result of market research and consultations.

She asserts that when decisions are made about the introduction and con­tinuation of any courses, "our stakehold­ers are at the forefront of the process."

Lydia's responsibilities as an assistant head of department include teaching and finding the top associate lectur­ers for courses that do not yet have in-house lecturers.

She adds, "We have a pool of lecturers we can call on to teach the courses."

Three levels—Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Diploma—of the newly validated courses are available. 

In 2023, a new Diploma in Digital Banking will debut.

TGMI is also creating a certificate pro­gramme in public procurement for the year 2023.

TGMI has a reputation of producing well-rounded learners who work smart­er with an aim to transfer the skills and knowledge acquired into their work­places or organisations.

Lydia notes that in order to improve public service and contribute to a shift in public perception of poor service delivery within the public sector, TGMI hopes to attract a sizable number of learners in the public sector to study Public Administration.

While some of the courses offered in public general management are similar to those in public administration, there is an aspect of community development and disaster risk management in addi­tion to public administration in the lat­ter.

Moreover, if you do not want to pursue a complete programme, which typically takes three years for a diploma, you can take shorter courses that mostly cover the topics you might require. Learning is made simpler, attractive and flexible through short courses and they only take approximately six weeks to com­plete.

Lydia is also a lecturer in marketing. Sharing advice on her other area of expertise as a marketing lecturer, Lydia explains that marketing and selling are frequently confused.

"The majority of marketing activity takes place behind the scenes. Do your research into the needs of the consum­er, speak with them, meet them in per­son, share surveys with them, and read their feedback—including that posted on social media—so that you may use it to guide the products or services you introduce to the market," she urges.

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Introducing the Bankers of Tomorrow

Introducing the bankers of tomorrow

The Guy Morel Institute officially launched the Diploma in Banking in a Digital Age. The launch was done in the presence of CS Mrs. Mohideen, Seychelles Bankers Association Mr. Philip Moustache, AG Executive Director Mr. Patrick Bristol, Bank representative, students, and TGMI staff.

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Mr. Bristol SpeechSir Winsley Presenting

The Guy Morel Institute Graduation

TGMI graduation ceremony

Friday 26th of August was an historical event for The Guy Morel Institute, was the first physical graduation ceremony, since its creation in 2018.

A total of 186 graduated completed 15 qualification programmes was rewarded for their achievements. This includes 109 graduated completed different levels of five accredited programmes of The Guy Morel Institute and 75 graduated completed six programmes delivered under the academic direction of the Associated of Chartered Certificate Accounts (ACCA) and the University of London.

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Q and A with Mrs. Lorna Henriette, Senior Librarian and Examination Assistant

Q and A with Mrs. Lorna Henriette, Senior Librarian and Examination Assistant       20220825 151800

1.  How and when did you start your career at The Guy Morel Institute?

 I first joined TGMI in November 2007 when it was the Seychelles Institute of Management (SIM), after seeing an advert back then in the Seychelles Nation newspaper, looking for a Librarian with a degree.  I applied and got the job and was put against the post, as I myself, had no degree qualification. Luckily, I got the chance to follow a degree programme in Librarianship with the University of Northumbria, in UK, which I followed via Distance Learning.  Early 2013, SIM merged with the University of Seychelles (UniSey) and I had to work with both institutions. In 2018, TGMI demerged from the University of Seychelles and became an institution on its own.  Therefore, my employment with the Guy Morel Institute started fresh and to-date I am still working there.

 

2.  What are your roles as a Senior Librarian?

As the Senior Librarian, I am responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Library, which include diverse responsibilities.  Here are some of my roles and responsibilities:

·       Provide good customer service to library users

·       Help users locate the right information

·       Issue and check out library books

·       Work closely with the faculty to get new study materials for teaching and learning to add to the library

·       Create a conducive and productive work environment

·       Classify and catalogue new library books and update the Library System database accordingly

·       Induct new learners on the different services the library offers

·       Acquire new study materials from overseas suppliers

·       Provide one-on-one referencing tutorial to learners

Besides the Library duties, I also have the role of Examination Assistant.  I assist the Senior Examination Officer in recording online assignment submissions and in the administration of local and international examinations.

I am also the secretary on the TGMI Internal Quality Assurance Committee.

3.  What does a typical day at work look like for you?

My day is quite busy and is divided between both roles, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, I provide assistance to the examination office.  After that, I proceed with my library duties until 4:00 pm.   However, there are days that I invigilate exams.

4. How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?

I can discharge my responsibilities without difficulty.  I like my work very much, as I broaden my knowledge day after day. I meet many people from different occupations and external visitors seeking the services that TGMI offers.  Here at TGMI, we work as a team and I get along well with everyone.  I live the “Ma Joie experience” and at the end of the day, I get good job satisfaction.

5. How would you help a student conduct a research?

I help learners conduct research if they seek my assistance.  It is worth mentioning that it is my responsibility also to teach users how to research, as some find it difficult or time-consuming when searching for the right information; this is where my referencing skills come into play.  I feel gifted to have such skills that I can pass on to library users.  Many would return to thank me after they have done well in their various courses.

6. What plans do you have for the future?

Similar to TGMI’s vision, I want the TGMI Library to be a hybrid library of excellence, by providing quality study resources and services to the users.  I also want to bring in new services like creating a National Research Centre where TGMI collects all research done by Seychellois scholars and researchers.

I am still getting the support and encouragement from TGMI Management to further develop my skills in other areas of expertise.

Last but not least, it is my wish to see the Ministry of Education start training young school leavers to take up Librarianship as a career to replace the existing pool of Librarians.

 

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Executive Leadership Development Training for School Leaders

Today, we proudly launched the 3 days Executive Leadership Development Training for School Leaders at the TGMI campus.

The training was officially launched by Ms.Merna Eulentin 'The Principal Secretary for Education'. Other speakers were Mr. Patrick Bristol 'AG Executive Director' of The Guy Morel Institute, Mr. Bernard Arnephy 'Director General for Institutional Support Services Division' and Ms. Rose-Mary Ally 'Principal Education Officer in Directorate of Education – Strategic Priorities'.



We wish the School Leaders the very best !

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