Some faculty and senior administrative staff of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018 interacted with 65 investors from the United States of America. The investors were in Ghana to attend the 2018 National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Education and Trade Mission to Ghana, a programme that combines business with education and cultural exchange for international benefits. The meeting which was held at the Graduate Building of the School was to enable management of UGBS interact and learn some best practices from the international community. This will not only help improve upon the School's portfolio but also enable members develop a global perspective on emerging issues.
Acting on behalf of the Dean, the Head of the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, Prof. Justice Bawole welcomed the guests. He stated that UGBS is an expanding institution which is making progress in all dimensions ranging from admissions to the number and variety of programmes offered as well as international relations. Professor Bawole hinted that the School has a faculty strength close to one hundred, most of whom are PhD holders. According to him, different mentors assigned to UGBS by international associations have commended the school for this. He added that research is one area the school is making strides in and said faculty have over the years, conducted cutting-edge research. Furthermore, he revealed that the business community and public organisation setups are mainly manned by alumni of UGBS, citing the example of a former student who has been recently appointed as the deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana.
The immediate Past Chairman of NBMBAA, Mr. Bruce Thompson, attributed the association's visit to its focus on black economic empowerment, a concept he says is not just a United States national issue but a global issue. He also said the visit is going to help the Association expand its vision in terms of how they can partner with the Ghanaian community and other communities in Africa so as to broaden their entrepreneurial outreaches and have more impact in that regard. Mr. Bruce said the Association wishes to have good relations and partnership with UGBS to make this vision a success.
Touching on the School's international relations activities, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, Dr. Abekah Nkrumah explained that with respect to the school's portfolio in terms of international relations, there are three areas that are of major comcern. These areas he identified as 'expanding academic engagements', 'acquiring international accreditation' and 'involving in engagements at the international level'. He further explained that UGBS is considering expanding academic engagement at two levels which are the research level and faculty level. He said some progress has been made in this light as engagements with European counterparts have yielded positive results, leading to the acquisition of funds for faculty and student mobility.
With regard to the promotion of effective teaching and learning, Dr. Elikplimi Komla Agbloyor, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance, intimated that the school is subscribing to the use of cases to teach. He said UGBS recently launched a case with Yale University which is currently available to be used to teach.
The meeting came to an end with a question and answer session, where questions asked by members of the delegation were addressed. Present were the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ablekuma South Constituency, Hon. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, President of NBMBAA, Dr. Jesse Tyson, The School Administrator, Mrs. Stella Dovlo, Heads of Departments and other members of faculty and senior staff.
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