On the 29th of June 2020, the Dean of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Professor Justice N. Bawole, had a sit-down discussion with representatives of the 1990 Alumni of the Business School at the Dean’s office. The discussion was held to interact with the current leadership, keep the alumni abreast of the ongoing projects in the School as well as to proffer ways for supporting the school. Present for this discussion were Mr. Eben Kay-Hodo, CEO of The Trustmark Group, Mr. Rudolf Zimmerman, Financial Engineer & Consultant at Goldman Consulting, Ms. Maame Kesewa Eshun, Assistant General Manager, Credit Risk Department, SG-SSB, and Mr. Isaac Nketsiah.
Prof. Bawole discussed a portfolio of projects, both ongoing and those yet to be undertaken with the Alumni representatives. He spoke about a project that required seed funding to support young entrepreneurs in the school. Speaking on the renovation of the R. S Amegashie Auditorium, Prof. Bawole emphasised the need for an urgent repair works to be carried out at the auditorium since it serves as a venue for the Annual Mathematics and Science Quiz. This, he said is done by the Business School as a way of contributing to the development of Mathematics and Science in Ghana. He further spoke on the need for quality lecture rooms and infrastructure, suggesting that some year groups could adopt a lecture hall and keep it in good shape for the School.
The Dean mentioned a scholarship project for six women in each Department of the School for their doctoral degrees after which the School would recruit them. Moreover, he added that other projects in need of support are the Dean’s List of Excellent Students project, setting up a PhD Lounge and refurbishing the Executive Hall.
The Alumni representatives also revealed that they were impressed that the School has not been static but has made impressive changes to its structure by putting up an extension of UGBS Graduate Building and also championing women accomplishments in the School among others. A suggestion was made to create healthy competition between year groups to contribute towards development projects. This suggestion stemmed from the realization that there is immense satisfaction in giving back to the School. The 1990 Alumni representatives stated that their chosen project would be visible and impactful to all.
In conclusion, the Dean invited them to aid students with the practical aspects of academics via seminars, internships and national service opportunities. Others present at the discussion were Mr. Emmanuel Poku-Sarkodee, the School Administrator, and Dr. Samuel Nana Yaw Simpson, Head of Department of Accounting.
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