Dean’s Christmas Message

Dean’s Christmas Message
Dec 30, 2020

Dear UGBS fraternity,

I bring you greetings of the yuletide and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous 2021. 

The year 2020 has been a very difficult year by all standards. This year, we lost two lovely colleagues, Dr. Ibrahim Bedi and Mrs Akua Essah-Koli. May their souls rest in perfect peace. Also, some unscrupulous individual meted out dastardly act by inflicting machete wounds on our hardworking Atsu, who is recovering from his injuries. And as if this was not enough, the deadly Coronavirus pandemic set the world ablaze with ravaging negative impacts, distorting global systems and negatively affecting business especially service providers like us. This led to the suspension of lectures, which affected our operations and finances drastically. 

These notwithstanding, the UGBS has braced the storm and successfully delivered both the suspended academic semester and the sandwich semester, and successfully graduated all our students who met the graduating requirement. This wonderful feat was achieved on the back of very committed faculty and staff who risked your health and lives and those of your families to deliver in many cases premium services to our cherished students. I commend faculty and staff for a yeoman’s job and our students for their resilience. The next semester will certainly test our resilience further, but I know we will deliver. I thank all faculty, staff and students and our collaborators and other stakeholders for the great support. In whatever way or form you supported the School’s accomplishment, I celebrate you. 

This year, my personal worker of the Year is Ali Kontulor Sorlara. Ali is a cleaner and now groundsman, replacing Atsu and has worked so hard this year, keeping the UGBS main campus clean. He is at work all week and during weekends, mowing the lawns. I celebrate him.

The 2020 has been the most productive in the life of UGBS in terms of faculty promotions. There has been several staff and senior lecturer promotions and the year was crowned with the mammoth 12 professorial promotions which have made us the envy of other Schools. I congratulate all staff and faculty who have been promoted this year. I wish to thank the provost, Prof Daniel Ofori and his predecessor Prof. Agyei-Mensah for their extremely powerful support for these promotions. I congratulate Prof Ofori for pulling through to become our Provost, a rare feat for the UGBS. 

1. After a tough process of visa acquisitions, we successfully sent 70 students and 4 faculty and 1 staff on our USA study tour. 
2. The UGBS has successfully triggered the accreditation process of AMBA and the self-assessment process in ongoing. Next year should see lots of development on this activity. 
3. We continue to actively participate in GNAM activities including the mounting of Short Network Online Courses (SNOCs) and contribution of “perspectives” by our faculty. 

Infrastructure Development
1. Rock City Hotel spent over half a million cedis to refurbish the UGBS undergraduate computer lab and provided 35 hyperion PCs. The UGBS is in the process of procuring additional computers for both the undergraduate lab and the graduate lab. 

2. Mr Ernest Kwasi Appiah, an alumnus and MD of Agricultural Manufacturing Group is currently spending over half a million to refurbish and furnish the former MIS offices to be used as the Innovation and Incubation Hub.  

3. The school has successfully dug and installed a bore hole to help reduce the perennial water shortages at the main campus, reduce our dependence on water venders at high cost and help ensure proper sanitation. 

4. Procurement is complete for new lecture hall ICT equipment to replace all obsolete lecture hall ICT facilities.

5. The UGBS SMC and the Provost have given approval for the processes for the UGBS lecture hall complex phase IIA to commerce. Hopefully, in 2021, more action should be seen in this regard. 

Teaching and Learning 
1. In spite of the difficulties presented by the challenges of Covid-19, the UGBS successfully completed the last academic year for both regular semester and the sandwich semester. Faculty and staff executed the mandate for teaching extremely well. Our survey report shows overall percentage of over 80% positive rating by students. 

2. Two committees are currently reviewing our undergraduate and graduate programmes to reflect trends in business education and industry needs. 

Research and Grants
1. The Grant Development Unit has been very busy in spite of COvid-19 and successfully submit 12 grant proposals. Two grants have been won this year. Hopefully, more grants would be won in 2021. 

2. Our collaborative research conference with two UK universities was called off due to the Pandemic but most faculty members have been supported to attend virtual conferences and UGBS research grant has been disbursed to winners to carry out their research. 

3. The UGBS graduated a record number of PhDs even under the difficult circumstances of COVID-19. 

4. The UGBS has now instituted the working paper series. See the first edition:

Special Initiatives
1. The UGBS launched an appeal for laptops to support needy students who could not participate in the online teaching and learning. This appeal has so far receive positive responses from industry and has yielded 25 laptops so far. We hope to raise some 100 laptops. I wish to encourage faculty and staff to take appeal letters from Ms Selina Saaka to reach out to your network for support. 
2. The COBUSS virtual seminar series was hugely successful and attracted many international and local accomplished practitioners and scholars. The series attracted international attention and the UGBS was cited as one of the few Business Schools that shaped discourse during the pandemic. This was augmented by the loud presence of UGBS faculty in the media landscape providing thought leadership on the pandemic and its management. 
3. The opinion pieces on the pandemic was well received and projected the UGBS very positively. 
4. The institution of the Mentorship sessions for female faculty which saw two senior and accomplished female professors sharing their academic career lessons with our female faculty was really refreshing.
5. The UGBS has successfully signed up for a fee collection system with the GCB bank to ensure cashless fee management at the cash office. 
6. A finance Committee has been established to help provide prudent financial management and effective internal controls.  
7. Our greening UGBS project has been successful and complete. 

Goodwill message
As the year draws to a close, I wish to appeal to all to reconsider our actions and how they affect the UGBS brand. I wish to particularly appeal to all of us to close up our ranks and build a united UGBS. I know that we can’t all be friends, but we are certainly able to work together with respect and cordiality. I appeal to my HoDs to provide leadership in pulling members of their departments together. 

Now may I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2021. May it bring us more positive and good tidings. Keep safe and return refreshed for the next semester which starts early in January 2021. 

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. 


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