The Graduate Institute – Geneva, in partnership with the University of Ghana Business School, Enterprise Development Services (UGBS EDS), organised an opening ceremony for its fourth international Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices programme. The ceremony was held on Monday 7th August, 2017, at the Yiri Lodge, University of Ghana.
The Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices programme scheduled from August, 7th to September 8th, 2017, is designed to imbue development practitioners with the analytical skills and tools for understanding and interpreting development issues. The programme also aims at improving and enriching the skills of both private and public sector professionals to lead change and bring development to their organisations and society.
Speaking on behalf of the Dean, Dr. Kwesi Amponsah Tawiah, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Human Resource and Organisational Management, and The Regional Respondant (English Speaking Africa), welcomed the participants of the programme to the UGBS. He said “The course will be challenging but the benefits are worth it”. He entreated the incoming students, which included people from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria to not only soak in their lecture notes and the Ghanaian hospitality but make use of the networking opportunities available to them.
In an interview, Dr Kwesi Amponsah-Tawiah touched on how the partnership between the Geneva Institute of the Swiss government and the University of Ghana Business School has been of great benefit to both parties. He also revealed that the programme this year has a larger student intake and more diverse backgrounds. He also mentioned how this edition will have more impact not only because of the knowledge to be gained but also the efforts of the faculty from both academics and consultancy.
The incoming students on the programme expressed their commitment to learn and improve themselves and also bring their expertise to bear on the programme.
Mrs. Majorie Beeko, Regional Executive Officer (English Speaking Africa), and coordinator for the event, was excited about the programme and encouraged all students to fully participate and network to gain the full benefits of the programme. Also in attendance was the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) Representative, Mr Daniel Lauchenauer who mentioned how the programme is a unique setup which brings together people from different expertise into a global exchange to build up network and work on key challenges. He also asked the students to take their knowledge back to their respective fields and make more impact. The event was graced by faculty, administrative staff, students and alumni.
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