On the 30th of September, 2020, the Dean of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Professor Justice Nyigmah Bawole, participated in the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) Deans and Directors Virtual Meeting via ZOOM.
The meeting, which sought to discuss the ways in which the various members Schools are adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic, had in attendance Deans and other representatives from each member Business School. UGBS also had its International Relations Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Health Service Management, Dr. Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah, in attendance. Other international participants included Professor Edward ‘Ted’ Snyder from Yale School of Management, Camino De Paz, the Managing Director of Global Initiatives at Yale School of Management among others.
Professor Edward ‘Ted’ Snyder commenced the meeting by welcoming and introducing participants to the meeting. He remarked that the Covid-19 pandemic caught everyone off-guard, leaving us no option than to quickly adapt to the system. An opportunity was given to the participants to share their experiences during the pandemic.
Camino De Pa, from the Yale School of Management, was the first to share experiences from the pandemic. She spoke about an initiative known as “small network online course (SNOC),” which, according to her, has seen an exponential growth and further briefed the participants on new initiatives her School has implemented.
Professor Kan Yan, the Dean of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, indicated that, to provide a timely relief for students who suffer from financial hardship due to the outbreak of Covid-19, their university, for instance, has set up a “Student Hardship Relief Fund” to offer immediate help.
The Director of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Dr. Catherine Duggan, commended the schools for a good work done during the pandemic. She revealed that certain hygienic measures such as disinfecting microphones before the start of each class, providing hand sanitizer for students before entry to lecturer rooms, face masks for instructors to use during classes, among others, can aid in controlling the virus in the classroom. Professor Bawole, on his part, also spoke about similar developments which are underway at UGBS.
The meeting ended with follow-up questions, answers as well recommendations from the various participants.
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